April 25, 2017

Tongue Block Vs Lip Block (Pursing)

OK,

So I decided to play a video where I did a tongue block and then did a lip pursing and actually saw that the sound was very close to each other. I was expecting the sound to be bigger when I tongue blocked.

Mike Caldwell said something about me getting to the point of interchanging them…

So I tried it…Play a phrase tongue blocked, and then a phrase lip blocked (pursing)…

And I was able to bounce back and forth between the two…


I also learned as I did this a few lessons:

  • The change in the mouth to do a lip purse versus tongue block is different, but the movements are still not really that big.
  • Some things are easier for me to do lip pursed than tongue blocked and vice versa. For example, it is easier for me to slide up and down lip blocked than tongue blocked…Bending is a lot easier lip blocking than tongue blocked.
  • Interestingly enough doing things one way actually made it easier to do it the other way. So when I bend lip pursed, it made bending easier when I went back to tongue blocked.

So….what do I learn from this?

Do what Mike Caldwell, Todd Parrott, and Ronnie Shellist said do….Learn them both….

That’s my plan now…and I’m gonna stick with it…

By the way, I use the terms lip pursing and lip blocking interchangeably…I see a lot of discussion that break up pursing into different things..

Dave Gage talks about a Vertical Slot Method…

JP Allen talks about the Relaxed Deep Embouchure…

Some folks talk about Pucker…

And there are other ways of talking about it…

I think they are talking about the same mechanism in different ways…

What worked for me though was JP Allen talking about Relaxed Deep Embouchure…it felt as comfortable as the tongue block…

BUT…I think all of these ain’t nothing but using the lip to block the other holes so I call them all Lip Block…

So I’m gonna keep on keeping on by doing both….

GospelHarp

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