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91 posts
Jan 12, 2022
5:20 PM
For the past 2 years I think a majority of musicians haven't been able to gig, practice, or collaborate live nearly much as we had prior to Covid.

In order to stay positive I decided to set musical goals for myself. I wanted to come out of the pandemic a better musician and feel like I accomplished something, so I hit the woodshed and really got focused.

Some of my goals:

-Really learn to tongue block.
-Pick 1 blues album per week and listen and study intently
-learn bass guitar
-use 3rd position for more than just minor songs

I would be interested to see how you have occupied your practice time?

Hope everyone stays healthy.

Last Edited by agarner on Jan 12, 2022 5:21 PM
3014 posts
Jan 13, 2022
6:55 AM
Lemme whip up a clip playing the blues, I’ll be back.
3421 posts
Jan 13, 2022
2:49 PM
Au contriaire. Here where we settled in early 2020, yes it was very shut down in that spring, but starting in the fall we began busking on the street here. We actually played a gig at one club in October as well and it was a great gig all around. We continued to busk until New Year's weekend 2020.
January 7 found my guitar partner and best gal ever in emergency surgery for a cancerous tumor. This DID put a damper on music for about 10 weeks to 2 months.
March 2021 found Jolene healed up quite a bit and ready to play out again, so we did.
Here and there we made a few live videos.
In late May or early June 2021 Jo had some spinal issues which again laid her up pretty hard. Still, she found the inner resources to get back out for a time and play on the street and even play a couple of gigs. This past fall we decided that I should learn to play guitar toward the day when she would no longer be able to join me. We found a very nice chrome over brass Dobro, and I began learning slide guitar. Meanwhile Jo is still accompanying me in busking here and we are actually hoping to get another gig or two as weather permits.

I don't claim to know a lot of the ins and outs of playing harmonica, but I do know a few things, having worked hard over the past 25 or so years, and struggled over the 25 before that. If I have found a song I like I have studied it and brought it to the table. If Jo has decided on a new song to cover I will study it as well and also fit my part to what she works out on guitar. We have written and produced 3 CD's since 2009, all original material and all worked up by us exclusively. So in one respect I have studied certain specific elements about playing a particular song or part.
My position is I am more a peoples' player than a player's player. I no doubt could benefit from more focused study in specific directions but I don't know where I'd find the time.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.





Last Edited by jbone on Jan 13, 2022 7:02 PM
John M G
451 posts
Jan 13, 2022
4:35 PM
I've put more effort into tongue blocking and continued to practice overblows and overdraws.
I've also worked on my bend accuracy, I'm trying to get Sonny Boy II's Mighty Long Time really accurate, such a great song along with No More Nights Alone.
I've put a lot more effort into my chromatic playing to.
Speed is something I still feel that I have to work on for some numbers but when you're knocking on the door of 70 I guess you just have to give yourself a bit of a break and not be too hard on yourself!
2160 posts
Jan 13, 2022
7:59 PM
I have downloaded the Tonal Energy app and am working on my 2 and 3 hole bends.

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Last Edited by BronzeWailer on Jan 13, 2022 8:02 PM
1741 posts
Jan 15, 2022
2:03 PM
Mostly exploring the PentaHarp in the last few months, and working on my composing/arranging/recording skills.
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934 posts
Jan 17, 2022
4:49 PM
Playing faster.

3427 posts
Jan 18, 2022
6:20 AM
We've been invited to collaborate with another artist and work up several of his songs in our style, and also to provide some of our material for his project. The goal will be to put an internet based album together for airplay across a few different stations. It's really cool that this guy thinks enough of us to want us in on his work. We expect this may take months to put together on our end.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.





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