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  • Hi Yvonnick:

    I am conscientiously practicing on many Sections of your excellent website. Recently, I decided to systematically go through and complete Fundamental Techniques. I just have three or so Sections to complete.

    What exactly should I submit for evaluation to get a Badge for, say, Fundamental Techniques?

    Many thx and Happy New Year!
    John C

  • Hi John, you will earn a badge for most courses after marking each lesson “complete”. Also I can review a song or exercise that you are practicing in the forum.

  • Thx, Yvonnick.

    Among other things, I’m working thru your relatively new lessons on The Harmonic Minor Scales. I noticed that there are three harmonic minor scales where the letter names you have written at the beginning of these lessons are nott the technically correct names. In F# harmonic minor, the 7th should be labelled E#, not F, which is enharmonic, of course. In C# harmonic minor, the 7th should be labelled B#, not the enharmonic C, and in Eb harmonic minor, the 6th should be labelled Cb, and the 7th is D. What is written next on the actual treble stave is correct for all of the scales. Are these easy to edit to correct?

    I’m enjoying the challenge of working thru all of these on harmonica. I used to play and teach them all on guitar many years ago . Unfortunately I can no longer play guitar due to the severe stroke I had in Surinam in Dec 2012.

    Many thx, John C

  • Hi Yvonnick, I was watching your vibrato tutorial, and what you are describing seems like what Winslow Xerxa calls “tongue vibrato,” as opposed to “throat vibrato,” which he describes as follows: “When you pulse a note with your glottis, you don’t stop the airflow; instead, you just narrow the air passage.” It seems like most diatonic players use throat vibrato. Can you comment on the difference, and do you prefer one over the other for chromatic versus diatonic? Thanks.

  • On the chromatic, I like to push out (oo) and retract my lips (wa) as if I was saying oo-wa oo-wa
    It’s not as bold as the throat vibrato

  • I seem to have computer problems, the link just took me back to the course list with no explanation on how to join the live jazz class. Also I do not have a camera on my computer .
    Thank you

  • You mention that you only answer questions in the forum. Where is that? I do not see a link on the left. I see Member Q&A, but that does not seem to be set up as a real forum. I am clearly missing something. (I have a question about “practice within a key”)

  • I’m hoping someone will help me with this: The blow 7 on my 270 doesn’t work. I’ve taken off the cover plates and I don’t see anything unusual. I even slid a small piece of paper under all the hole 7 reeds. Help! I want to play! Maybe blow drying would help?

  • It’s tough to tell what’s going on without holding the harmonica and taking a good look at it. I propose that you open the harmonica, locate the reed, and check for hair or dirt that could be preventing the reed from vibrating. There could be an issue with the plastic strip as well. I recommend that you consult with a local harmonica teacher.

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