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Improvising and being on the spot
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306 posts
Dec 01, 2019
7:49 PM
I have a bunch of favorite recordings that I play along with and use for improvisation. Naturally it's pretty comfortable working with fimilar songs.

I occasionally hear something for the first time and pick out a harp/position . Sometimes it just seems to click, especially with something in 12 bars using a 2nd position harp.

It's the holiday season here in the USA. A couple of nights ago my niece asked me to play along with her to a Disney song "Colors of the Wind". She had the sheet music for her violin. I only had one harmonica with me and it was going to be 1st position with a song that I was not familiar with.

I was honestly expecting Christmas tunes and have even brushed up on those lately.

But I remembered something Richard Sleigh said about not getting hung up and to just enjoy the moment... I knew at least the kids in the room were going to get a kick out of this duo so I agreed to wing it.

It was great. My niece was beaming. We played the song a second time which help a lot. All the youngsters jumped up and did a dance lead by Grandma Sophie.

Richard's advice was spot on.

Happy Holidays,

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455 posts
Dec 02, 2019
5:49 AM
Nice story. Enjoying the moment and showing it comes thru in your playing and adds to everyone's enjoyment of the moment. Jon Gindick once told me, among others, to smile when you sing. You'll sing better and people will enjoy it more.
Phil Pennington
20 posts
Dec 08, 2019
2:05 AM
Sounds like you had fun doing it.

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