Technique allows you to express yourself musically.
In the words of flautist, Sir James Galway,
“If you don’t have the technique, you can’t produce the goods”.
Each embouchure has its pros and cons.
"Nobody cares which embouchure you use...
they only care that you create great music." David Barrett.
Thinking about embouchure, holding the harmonica, posture ?
Check out the Foundations of Playing pdf below.
Joe Filisko says
“As the fingers are to a pianist so the tongue is to a harmonica player”
Anatomica’s Flash Cards ( Dr Kurt Albertine 2006 ) describes the tongue in the following manner :
"The bulk of the tongue is made up of muscle, which can be divided into two main groups : the intrinsic and extrinsic muscles.
The intrinsic muscles lie within the tongue itself and are responsible for changing its shape.
Their fibres are arranged vertically, longitudinally and horizontally – making the tongue thinner, shorter and narrower respectively when they contract.
The extrinsic muscles, which are attached to the jaw, skull, palate and hyoid bones, are responsible for changing the position of the tongue."
Howard Levy and Brendan Power have both performed in Perth. They predominantly use pucker embouchure.
Magic Dick, famous for his Whammer Jammer harmonica instrumental, talks about tongue blocking and puckering embouchures.
Rick Estrin uses the tongue blocking embouchure.
Marine Band No.365 made by M. Hohner
14 hole harmonica in G
played in 2nd position
unaccompanied in the style of Sonny Boy Williamson
John Nemeth uses the U block embouchure.
Robert Bonfiglio is a master of three embouchures