David, I am beginning now at your tongue blocking video with Joe. He seems to be a really quick learner. Thus one uses his tongue to block holes 1,2 & 3 to get a clear 4th or C. My question is about moving up and down a simple scale. Does one tongue block for a C and then draw on the three holes for a chord for the next step and progress to up and back in the same fashion. Most interesting. Thanks Ron
Hello Ron. Do me a favor and ask these questions in the "Ask Instructor David Barrett" part of the forum, I don't commonly see other posts. When tongue blocking, your lips cover holes 1 through 4 and your tongue covers holes 1 through 3 to sounds the 4th hole, that's correct. This is your "embouchure," so as you play the rest of the notes on the harmonica your lips stay over four holes while blocking the three to the left. For example, playing a 6+ (6 blow), your lips are over holes 3 through 6 and your tongue is blocking holes 3 through 5 to sound the 6th hole. Does this answer your question?