Date: Wed, 1 Nov 1995 11:15:04 -0500
Subject: Re: Embouchure

In a message dated 95-10-27 15:27:34 EST, you write:

>;I notice that the pucker is much
>;larger and when I think about it it seems too large to only play a single

This is indeed the way I have been playing for several years. The wider open
my jaw and the further the harp is into my mouth the better the sound. My
lips are very very relaxed yet I can play single notes and change notes
even moving the harmonica - or so it seems. I can't see what I am doing so
it is a mystery to me. Being tongue-tied I can't use much tongue blocking.

New players want to pucker up like a kiss. I tell them they are not kissing
sisters. The harp requires a little R rated action. It's sort of like the
advice the
horn player got in the movie "The Commitments" (too explicit for a family


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