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Windsaver Valves – Part 2

by Winslow Yerxa
In the last issue we looked at windsaver valves—what they are, why they exist, and how to install and service them. In this issue, we’ll investigate how windsaver valves and note bending interact, and how you can customize both chromatics and diatonics with valves to change their bending capabilities.
Bending without Valves – the Dual Reed Bend
When you sound a reed normally, your breath moves the reed down into its slot and through the other side, before it springs back for one complete vibration. It’s like a door closing …

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[25 Aug 2010 | 2 Comments | 23,051 views]
Harmonica Workbench: My Next Favorite Tool

by Kinya Pollard
It was love at first site (don’t tell Mrs. Harpsmith). I think I found my next new favorite tool.
Many of you have read or heard that my least favorite Harp-Tech thing to do is tuning. So when I unwrapped the new 2oz high speed rotary “engraver” from Micro Mark with 3/32″ chuck (M-M #84446), I was moved to thank the Harmonica Gods.

With an assortment of available carbide bits (#60476) I am expecting tuning chores to be quick and precise.

It did not take long for me to discover the …

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Microphone Choices: Paint-By-Numbers Protection

by Fritz Hasenpusch
“Beauty’s only skin-deep.” Nice song, cool descriptive phrase/aphorism. However, in the realm of LORD MICROPHONE, that “skin” is key to preserving the mic’s delivery system (metallic casing) and the precious cargo within (the element or capsule) from the cruel world outside. That world includes—as we’ve seen in prior entries—the very essence of us! Yep, in many ways we are our microphone’s worst enemies. Beyond the incidental wear and tear we inflict on these sonic servants, there’s the corrosive nature of our own bodily fluids. Thank you, General Ripper…
We’ve …

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Blues Is Not Always Blue

by David Barrett
Not all Blues is dark and aggressive-sometimes we’re called upon to play with a lighter feel. This is especially the case when playing country blues, ballad blues and common grooves with a lighter feel, such as the Rhumba. This issue we’ll dig into a chapter from my soon-to-be-released book with Mel Bay on Rock Harmonica. Enjoy!
Major Pentatonic Scale
To solo with a light, more major feel, a five note scale called the Major Pentatonic scale is often used. This scale comes from the major scale, with the fourth …