Posted by Bluzharper on April 15, 2001 at 19:58:45:
In Reply to: Stage of progress posted by Joe on April 15, 2001 at 17:30:55:
Two months is a very short time. Ive heard the harmonica referred to as the instrument it takes 10 minutes to learn to play and a lifetime to master. I dont think you can put a time limit on proficiency. I would recommend whistling the tune before you try to play it on the harp. This plants a mental seed and gives you a road map of where the music is taking you. Spend time playing the licks on this site and learn each one forward and backward. As you learn these licks you will reach a point where you can pick them out while listening to the Blues. As you learn and remember your playing vocabulary reachs a level where you can think ahead to the next lick youll use when jamming. Ive heard this called visualization, when you reach this level, and you will, playing takes on a new dimension and creativity takes over. Two things that really help, 1. listen to the harp players that inspire you. Try to visualize whats going on when they play. 2. Practce several times a day for say 20 or 30 minutes, rather than once a day for an hour and a half. I use to take one lick or tune and play it till it just came almost without thinking. I love to just noodle on the harp while driving or at work. I hope theres some useful wisdom in this post, Good Luck and Keep the Blues Alive..
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