DISTINGUISHING BEND AND OVERBEND
Diatonic is designed to play popular music in US-UK such as Blues, Rock, Country, Folk. In which, Bend and Overbend techniques are used a lot to create unique colors for these kinds of music. For modern pop music, Diatonic players prefer to use both two techniques to change the tone instead of playing the tone available on the harmonica. For Asian music, the Diatonic may lack some notes, but these notes are possibly created with the two techniques above.
Bend and Overbend create unique characteristics for Diatonic: small in size but diverse in style playing and customizable for different types of music. This article will help you learn briefly and distinguish these two techniques:
Notes diagram of Bend technique
– Bend is a typical technique of diatonic. The bend notes will be lower than the basic notes from ½ tone to 1.5 tone.
– Bend (blue area) divided into 2 types:
+ Draw Bend (bend when drawing): used for the holes 1,2,3,4,6. In which, bending whole step the hole 3 is most often used for Asian style because Diatonic lacks note A in the low octave.
+ Blow Bend (bend when blowing): used for the holes 8,9,10.
Notes diagram of Overbend technique
– Overbend is another typical technique of Diatonic. The overbend notes will be higher than the basic notes from 1-1.5 tone.
– Overbend (skin-colored area) divided into 2 types:
+ Overblow (overbend when blowing): used for the holes 1,4,5,6.
+ Overdraw (overbend when drawing): used for the holes 7,9,10.