If you want to get that big bluesy sound that’s made the harmonica famous, you definitely want to learn how to bend notes on harmonica. I’m happy to show you how.
Most people who pick up the harmonica never figure out this essential technique for playing with incredible soul and feeling. If you watch the free video down below on this page, you will definitely succeed in learning the secrets to this awesome technique.
1. Make sure that you are easily able to play with the Deep Relaxed Mouth Position
2. Be able to play a confident, single note using the “Lip-Blocking” technique
First Things First: Bending The 1-Hole Draw
In this video I use the terms “The Deep Relaxed Embouchure” and “The Deep Relaxed Mouth Position” interchangeably and they refer to the same technique.
If you’re having difficulty learning to bend 1-Draw, that’s normal. Please simply move on to the lesson below and see if you find learning to bend 4-Draw easier.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you’re learning to bend on a high quality harmonica. If you have a harmonica that cost under $10, it is likely to be insufficient for learning to bend. My top recommendation is the Hohner Special 20. It will make learning to bend ten times easier than most of the professional harmonicas on the market.
Bending 4-Draw: This Note Wails!
Once you learn how to bend one hole, it is only a matter of time before you learn how to bend all the holes of the harmonica. The majority of harmonica students find learning to bend 1-Draw the least challenging. However, about 30% of students find bending 4-Draw easier. Either way, bending is challenging, so don’t be surprised if you don’t get it on the first go around. (Please note that only holes 1 through 6 draw are “bendable” using the basic bending technique, so if you’re trying to bend 7, 8, 9, or 10-Draw you may drive yourself loony).
To learn how to bend 4-Draw, I highly recommend you work through my step-by-step harmonica lessons.
Please take your time and offer yourself a lot of gentle patience when learning to bend. Bending is a highly refined technique that takes time and practice to learn to do.
Ready for the Next Level?
Why not try out the advanced harmonica dip bending technique!