Posted by Nick H on September 14, 2001 at 06:06:18:
In Reply to: John Popper style posted by Crowedog on September 13, 2001 at 18:14:42:
Like you I have been playing for 30yrs+ and was bowled over when I bought cd Blues Traveler 4 on spec and listened to it with absolute amazement at the speed of note delivery.
That was 3 years ago and I have been practising that ever since. I think I am realistically 90% there.
Brian is right its down to fast play.
I think you should listen to Live at the Fall there are some long self indulgent solos on it.
You dont have to play exactly what he does but practise sweeping single note runs with a twiddle of the hand at top and bottom of scale so that you can continue without stopping,and try with the cd on again and again.
I dont really know how to put it into words, but I now have incorporated that into my own style.
Bluz turned me on to Dave Gage who is pretty fast as well.
I think Popper is like the Steve Vai of the harp
but he lacks some soul in his sound. For me the track 'yours' off 'Straight on till morning cd' is a fantastic composition and beautifully sung.
Good luck and Keep on
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