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  • Destriarch commented on Bisquick the ninja's instructable How to Play the Jews Harp3 months ago
    How to Play the Jews Harp

    A quick additional tip: there are other ways to adjust the sound of the harp beyond the shape of the mouth and controlled breathing. You can also use the shape of the tongue to adjust the resonance of your mouth and, more impressively, you can produce a harsher, more 'growly' deep note by opening your throat. There's a lot you can get out of this instrument with a little experimentation!If you don't like the idea of having to hold a vibrating lump of metal against your teeth - and it does take a bit of getting used to, I will say - then I'd suggest starting with a Dan Moi. This is a Vietnamese form of Jews Harp like a little strip of brass, and it's held against the lips rather than the teeth. Otherwise it is played and sounds very similar.For those interested in a reasonable quality, a...

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    A quick additional tip: there are other ways to adjust the sound of the harp beyond the shape of the mouth and controlled breathing. You can also use the shape of the tongue to adjust the resonance of your mouth and, more impressively, you can produce a harsher, more 'growly' deep note by opening your throat. There's a lot you can get out of this instrument with a little experimentation!If you don't like the idea of having to hold a vibrating lump of metal against your teeth - and it does take a bit of getting used to, I will say - then I'd suggest starting with a Dan Moi. This is a Vietnamese form of Jews Harp like a little strip of brass, and it's held against the lips rather than the teeth. Otherwise it is played and sounds very similar.For those interested in a reasonable quality, affordable instrument, I'd recommend a Paval Potkin khomus. For a reliably loud sound, the Glazyrin vargans are good quality if you can get your hands on one. If you need a professional tuned harp you're better off seeking out a master.

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