Updated June, 2011
How to Play the Jew's Harp
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1) The Jew's Harp consists of a cast iron or steel frame and a tempered steel tongue. The tongue of the instrument lies between the jaws of the frame and is played by vibrating the tongue, which is done by striking or plucking, with the forefinger. 2) Take the Jew's Harp lightly in the hand, using care that the hand touches only the frame and not the tongue.
3) Place the harp against the front teeth, which must be slightly apart. 4) The upper and lower lips should rest on the top and bottom of the frame. 5) With your forefinger, pluck the tongue of the Jew's Harp, either by pushing or pulling. While the harp's tongue is in motion, silently pronounce the vowels (A-E-I-O-U). This is an easy way to learn how to produce sounds, which occur by altering the size of the mouth cavity. Using small amounts of air (either inhaling or exhaling) will alter the sound quality. Moving your tongue (thus changing the size of the mouth cavity) and using small amounts of air will, in no time at all, produce many different tones. You then combine this with the rhythmic beat of the music. Now, you can play any song you wish!!