I am jealous of your tongue flutters - like the one at the very end. I've been playing for 45 years and can not do it as well as you!
My only suggestion is to think of the chords you play in between the lead lines as rhythm guitar - in other words, it is supportive and should not be played as loud as those lead lines, bringing a more three dimensional sound to your playing....
Hey Rick - contact me offlist about a potential gig in the middle of May...your old email doesn't work for me any longer....
Hi Larry - I emailed you at the address I have. Hopefully that'll work.
Mats - it IS work to learn the harmonica and play it better than average!
An alternative to the metronome is to go for a walk while playing/practicing the harmonica. Once you start walking, usually one finds the natural tempo that works for you and it stays consistant (unless you are walking up and down hills, etc). This will become your natural metronome. Just attach playing your harmonica to your walking tempo.
You've got good tone, approach and basic understanding. Next step is to attach this to a steady tempo that even a drummer could lean on.
Good advice, Larry!
Thx Larry, i will give this a go, too. I´ve allready started using the metronome and trying to figure out the exact time frame while learning the song. It offers me an additional perspective in the learning process (next to tone,riffs,feeling,...) And it is allready getting fun.Thanks to all
And Mats, another thing that could be helpful is to remember that the space between the licks is an important part of the music.
Andre - I will guess that you are French....if so,
Pretty good, Andre. I don't know how long you've been at this, but it is not unusual for students to try "just a little too hard" or use "just a little bit too much force" in their playing. As time goes on and one relaxes into it, one finds that so much can be accomplished with less effort. One "tell" is that you bend "to the floor" all of your notes created through bending technique. (This contributes to exactly what Rick said in regards to that 3rd hole note created through your bending technique).
Also, I don't know who is trying to sneak up on you from your right side, but if he goes away, you won't have to do that quick look over your right shoulder either... ;>)
Hey Ivan....you should teach, too. You got "street cred" and natural body groove movement....
Absolutely! - Ivan could teach if he wants - He can also perform if he wants.👍🏽
Larry! thank you so much for this beautiful compliment, I greatly appreciated!
Dennis is one of the few teachers that understands the concept of moving your internal tongue placement curved towards roof of mouth target spot just a little bit forward as you use a higher pitched harmonica. This is very important in bending to correct pitch on all keys. Lighter touch = breathe the harmonica. It's not force - it's finesse!.
Yesirree...One chord grooves.....easy because one doesn't have to be concerned with chord changes....hard because it's all on YOU to get creative...early on, most run out of ideas pretty quickly, having to depend on a new chord for "inspiration". A great way to gauge your growth is how well you can deal with the one chord groove!
Exactly! It's a great practice tool!
This may just help Andre learn about groove....it worked for me...
Go for a walk around the block with your harmonica. Once you get into your walk "groove" (steady walk - no slowing down and speeding up), play a simple harmonica groove pattern as you walk, like - inhale holes 1 and 2 while softly phoneticizing "Ut - tah" and then exhale holes 2 and 3 while phoneticizing "Ut - tah"...so, left foot (inhale), right foot (exhale). Breathe the harmonica in and out.
The "Ut - tah" is attached to the triplet beat of "1 and a", where the "Ut" is on 1, the "and" is a pause and the "tah" is on the "a" of the beat. The "feel" is exactly the same one you feel when you skip....remember skipping as a kid? Attach what you are playing to that "feeling".
(This worked great until I had a student who was from Germany. He told me "We German boy children did NOT skip. That was only for girls").
I've got big musical ears, but this stuff always eluded me.
Thanks for revealing a bit o' the inner secrets of this style of playing. Your teaching approach is easy to absorb.
Too many students are "show me a lick" when they should be more invested in learning how to groove.
For sure, this style is a pretty radical departure from your more modern, clean approach. I'm real glad you can find something interesting in this type of lowdown stuff.
Boyd.....everyone learns at different speeds and starts at different points. I suggest you set metronome to where you can easily play along, and then start to increase it slowly until you get to the point where you struggle a bit. Leave it there until it becomes easy and then repeat!
Great advice, Larry!
You've got some pretty cool tone goin' there, and that sometimes is most of the battle! Crunchy
"We don need no stinkin' amplifiers!"
IMO, acoustic tone doesn't get any more "no doubt" than this. Solid!
Can't wait for the breakdown....Miller's breathing patterns between the single notes has always befuddled me...
Well Larry, if there ends up being anything in here you‘re curious about, and I somehow overlooked breaking it down in the lessons, all you have to do is ask.
Nice cupped "wah" sound! Good groove. good job.
and the father isn't too bad, either!
Sez Blair "Seems I still need to keep my face muscles as loose as possible"
ALWAYS relax EVERY MUSCLE not necessary when playing harmonica - including back and shoulder muscles, neck muscles, and even your lips should be loose, soft and relaxed while playing.
You certainly understand "groove", based on this example!
RELAX THAT TONGUE! Make it feel like a big ol' lump with absolutely no tension in it at all. The only muscle you need to engage is further back in the tongue - the one that pushes it forwards and brings it back.
In bending while TB'ing, you will also engage the muscle that arcs that tongue in it's back 2/3rds to aim at that "sweet spot" that engages the bend.
Yes. Rick AND Rusty Zinn are real afficianodos of cool vintage wrist watches!
Stanley Turrenting with Shirley Scott Organ Trio is another example of fat greasy groove. Jimmy Forrest is also one of my fav's - check out The Honeydripper recording with Jack McDuff.
I like these sax players for ideas that translate real well to diatonic harmonica.
This is the "magic" of the groove. It sounds like two harps, but is really one harmonica playing both "rhythm guitar" as well as "lead guitar".
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