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Jul 16, 2022
11:16 AM
It's Shawn Adam Williams with another harmonica improvisation! So jazzy. So bluesy. So soulful. Please enjoy another harmonica improvisation. Tell me what you think! https://youtu.be/9Hsq_hYW_WY

Last Edited by BluesHarp87 on Jul 16, 2022 11:19 AM
292 posts
Jul 18, 2022
10:14 PM
If you’d like to exchange thoughts, email me - bluesntrouble@gmail.com
2311 posts
Jul 19, 2022
9:48 AM

I think maybe you might want to improve your technique before you start improvising for the public.

37 posts
Jul 20, 2022
12:24 PM

I thought there was some good stuff there.

Looks like you are getting a good handle on bends, and it was fun to watch.

I hope your description of the video didn't put people off - maybe a little self-congratulatory, but I get how fun it is to be making strides.

Good luck
82 posts
Jul 21, 2022
4:36 PM
Coming from someone who cries when people don’t tell you how great your 40 year old recordings are.one thinks you would be more supportive of someone posting their videos.

Last Edited by schaef on Jul 21, 2022 4:39 PM
2315 posts
Jul 22, 2022
8:11 AM
BluesHarp87 made his first post on a well established blues harmonica forum with a membership including many highly skilled players. He linked a video of his playing at an intermediate level.

The playing is typical of many players on the blues harp journey at that stage. The context of this being his first post on this forum and the self-congratulatory text was troubling to me.

I struggled to think of what could be said that was constructive and encouraging while also noting that the level of play did not warrant the wording of the text, particularly on this forum. I could not figure out what to post in response.

I really liked the response from BnT. I encourage BluesHarp87 to take advantage of that offer.

The playing in the video is a good representation of an enthusiastic player who is making progress and has the potential to continue to improve. The video is symptomatic of the influence of social media that encourages self-promotion without consideration of overall skill level on the instrument and without consideration of the audience chosen for the post.

Diggs is a highly skilled and knowledgeable harmonica player. Diggs is not wrong that improvement in technique IS needed if BluesHarp87 is to promote himself as "So jazzy. So bluesy. So soulful" on a blues harp forum with many professional members. The text is self promotional and does not take into account the forum as the audience. However, those words seem to be part of the overall promotion of the video, not specifically written for this forum.

I give BluesHarp87 the benefit of the doubt in that he is an enthusiastic young player wanting to get his music heard on YouTube. I hope he continues to develop his skills and playing. His error was that in joining the forum he used his first post to inadvertently "throw down" with his apparent self-promotion.

BluesHarp87, I encourage you to keep on playing and keep on improving. Harmonica is a great soulful instrument that is simple to begin playing and an endless journey to continue to improve skills. I encourage you to seek out and take advantage of whatever assistance you can find, including reviewing the many posts on this forum.

Doug S.
774 posts
Jul 22, 2022
4:40 PM
Sometimes English isn't someones 1st language. In this case i didn't know??

I Don't mean this sarcastically, but the way I read it was that "Blues harp 87" was implying the backtrack was
"so jazzy. So bluesy. So soulful." Like it was fun to play to a track like that.

At any rate---I have my own theory that many harp players,INCLUDING MYSELF, think they are better than they really are.

every 5 or 6 years- I think Im at a certain level--only to look back and realize -I really wasn't all that good. So I keep pluggin and keep realizing Im not really that good.



Thanks for posting-- BluesHarp87

188 posts
Jul 24, 2022
12:34 AM
Keep practicing and learning all you can. That 4 draw reed ain't gonna last long hammering it that hard.
2321 posts
Sep 03, 2022
12:47 PM
Schaef another personal attack just recorded this just for you.

Last Edited by
Diggsblues on Sep 03, 2022 12:44 PM

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