Posted by Michael Joy on July 12, 2001 at 11:36:47:
In Reply to: Frustrated beginner posted by Billy-Bob on July 10, 2001 at 05:24:40:
I started playing in december after years of playing drums. I sarted to look for rythms after learning to play clean notes. It's not so much reading notes unless you're trying to duplicate something note for note. The blues harp is very much interpretive, supplying counter melodies for the song. Start learning riffs, listen to some of the blues classics listed on this site, Willie Dixon, etc. If you get lost just try to follow the bass line until you get the groove back. If you want to blow your brains out try some modern zydeco following along with the accordian. Practice bending notes, changing the shape of your mouth and toungue articulations (tahs and dahs). Sometimes it's just a matter of changing the texture a bit.
One of the most efficient places to practice is a rush hour traffic jam. Just put some Nighthawks and T'birds on the car stereo, crank it up and try to find the groove.
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