My goal for my learning project over the long weekend was to successfully make a nice sound come out when I play the 2 draw on my harmonica. It is a notoriously difficult note to play for beginner’s, and there are many You Tube videos directed at just the 2 Draw hole. I watched video after video with no success. My guru Gussow doesn’t have tutorial videos for beginner things such as the 2 draw, so I have had to look elsewhere. I ended up doing a Google search for “why is two draw so hard” because I was so frustrated that I couldn’t make a sound. It was just laboured air. I found this article on Harp Surgery. Harp Surgery appears to be the everything of the harmonica world. I skimmed the article and focused on one thing:
Imagine sipping froth from a mug of very hot chocolate. Go ahead, pretend to do it now! Where’s your tongue? You need to disengage your tongue the same way with draw 2 and breath from the diaphragm. Remember we need low air pressure. Alternatively, imagine you are holding a small potato, or a hard boiled egg, in your mouth. Your tongue retires down and back. And again the focus should be on breathing through the harp, while pulling from your diaphragm and chest.
I tried doing exactly what they said, and voila! A sound came out. I was stunned. After days of trying tricks and tips from other You Tube videos, this one trick worked!
This just proves that success when learning from online sources is very subjective to the accuracy of the source. Many of the videos I was trying out were from random people that I can’t verify. This is definitely a risk a person takes when learning something new online! For standard beginner tips and lessons, I think I will stick to sources such as Harp Surgery, or other very commercial, professional sources. For the specific songs or tricks that I want to learn, I think it is ok to use the random sources, but it’s always important to look at them with a critical eye.
Here is living proof that I can now make draw 2 on a C harmonica sound half decent.