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375 posts
Mar 09, 2018
8:25 AM
I took a new look at Adam’s 2007 vid, “How to Play Slow Blues” yesterday. I think the last time I spent any time on it was 4-5 years ago, and, acknowledging how far I have yet to go, my playing has come a long way in that time. It was frustrating then, kind of inspiring now. I think it’s one of his best, and going to be worth some new time and effort. Those who haven’t come across it should take a close look.
Phil Pennington
46 posts
Mar 09, 2018
4:57 PM
5319 posts
Mar 10, 2018
1:25 PM
I’ll have to take a look Fil. It seems familiar but i cant bring it to mind.

This is the beauty of sticking with it though, i think. If you bring a desire and willingness to play well, you will play better and become more capable. I do things now without thinking, which once seemed impossible to me.

My son told me of his experience learning to ride a bicycle. He was a little older than many kids learning to ride, about 8 years old. He told me he was convinced it was impossible. I asked him how that could be; he saw people riding past our home multiple times each day (we lived next to a bike path!)
He acknowledged that, and understood it was ridiculous but nevertheless maintains that was really how he felt. Now he is 32 and gets around on a race bike
I think i was there with blow bending once, just impossible don’t even waste your time trying. Maybe that’s why i love it so much now.
72 posts
Mar 11, 2018
3:18 AM
If this is the one where he is sat on his front porch I bought a Bb harmonica to play it. But I'm not good enough. A pity because I really like it, haven't tried for a while so maybe I should try again.
376 posts
Mar 11, 2018
9:51 AM
Yup, Bee. Sticking with it is paying off. Although, and it’s kind of funny, wrt blow bending, I’m about where you were before you got it, with the same “I don’t need this” thought. One of the things I like to do with harp when I’m on my own is see if I can get something out of it that I like, and I’m pretty self critical about my playing. With somewhat increasing frequency, I manage to do it. What Adam does in that video is the kind of stuff I’m shooting for...”Alone and Acoustic” (with apologies to Buddy Guy and Jr Wells). Yeah, take a look at it.
Phil Pennington
Phil Pennington
103 posts
Mar 11, 2018
2:27 PM
I agree, Fil, that video is great! The song that he plays is the first solo piece I ever learned and in the beginning I thought I would never be able to play it (much like SuperBee's son felt about learning to ride a bike :) ). All those guys on youtube who could play pretty well after a year - it seemed impossible to me. After a while, I could play the beginning. Then came that fast part with the tongue-slaps and again I thought it was impossible for me to play. After a while (and hard work), it became easy and before I knew it, I could play the whole song and share it on youtube much like the guys that I had admired when I started out. This prettey much sums up my experience with the harmonica, lol. It's frustrating at times, especially when you are a perfectionist - but if you treat becoming a good harp player and musician as the long shot that it is, you can appreciate all the little points of success along the way!

Last Edited by SkullKid on Mar 11, 2018 2:43 PM

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