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Offline Le Chef

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Too many things to remember!
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:33:15 AM »
Tell me I'm not alone in this, but once I work out a song, slide on or out,  this hole and not THAT hole, and third, exhale not inhale, I start thinking dynamics and vibrato,  so that's  5 things simultaneously. Result: I drop one or more of those 5 balls and suddenly Some Enchanted Evening sounds like Wild Thing!

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2017, 12:14:00 PM »
That's why Jasonic says "Don't think-just play!".

Perhaps easier said than done, but with practice, it will come....

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2017, 01:43:56 PM »
Being pretty new to this as well, I tend to think in terms of sharps(#) rather than flats(b) when finding the notess, but I still occasionally suck when I should blow.

It's just the learning process, & I'm learning to read the notes as well as finding the right hole, so mentally I'm thinking note name rather than hole number & whether to suck or blow.

It does get easier, just don't try to force it. :)

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2017, 11:40:49 PM »
Yeah, the more mechanical you get the harder it becomes.  I'll never forget the immortal words of the late great Jimmy Lohman; "It's all about getting familiar with your instrument, Age"  Sounds like an oversimplification, but it's soooo true! :) (and I'm still workin' on it)

Another cool thing remember Jimmy saying to my wife at a convention was: "Hellooooo pretty Lady!"  Then glancing at me, he looked back at Barbara and said: "Wha'd ya hafta bring him for?" ;D
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 12:52:32 PM »
OK, here ya go, you're not alone in this.
I think it's just part of the process.
I think I remember Smojo saying, "Something Like",
ya gotta get to know everyone at all the doors in the building.
I'm sure I screwed that one up :-X but the point To Me was
I just have to take the time to get to know my instrument so
that I am comfortable.

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 12:58:58 PM »
Tell me I'm not alone in this, but once I work out a song, slide on or out,  this hole and not THAT hole, and third, exhale not inhale, I start thinking dynamics and vibrato,  so that's  5 things simultaneously. Result: I drop one or more of those 5 balls and suddenly Some Enchanted Evening sounds like Wild Thing!
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2017, 01:51:44 PM »
OK, here ya go, you're not alone in this.
I think it's just part of the process.
I think I remember Smojo saying, "Something Like",
ya gotta get to know everyone at all the doors in the building.
I'm sure I screwed that one up :-X but the point To Me was
I just have to take the time to get to know my instrument so
that I am comfortable.

Yeah, the good guys always have something simple and yet profound to say that sticks with you.
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2017, 04:29:31 PM »
The more you practice a technique, the faster it becomes muscle memory and automatic without having to think about it. I know this is a strange comparison, but to me playing the chromatic is similar to playing video games: the more you repeat the same sequences over and over, the better you naturally get at it until you master it. I don't think I would be as good a harmonica player if it wasn't for all the years of video gaming training me on timing and button presses.

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2017, 07:30:24 PM »
Maybe your subconscious wants to play "Wild Thing."
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2017, 09:39:29 AM »
I'm sometimes reassured by a line in that bear movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin: "What one man can do, another man can do."

Within reason, LOL. Positive thinking will not get me in to the NBA! I appreciate the responses.
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2017, 12:12:18 PM »
OK, here ya go, you're not alone in this.
I think it's just part of the process.
I think I remember Smojo saying, "Something Like",
ya gotta get to know everyone at all the doors in the building.
I'm sure I screwed that one up :-X but the point To Me was
I just have to take the time to get to know my instrument so
that I am comfortable.

Yeah, the good guys always have something simple and yet profound to say that sticks with you.

Yep..  I like the old fart & haven't even done a face to face yet.
Hope to some day.  I say, old fart, in the most respectful possible
of course. Kinda like you aj.  hahahahahahahahaha
There's a compliment in there, you just have to dig around to find it. ;)

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2017, 02:16:49 PM »
"Old fart??"
You forgot to add the endearing modifier: "Cranky" ;D ;D
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2017, 08:32:19 PM »
"Old fart??"
You forgot to add the endearing modifier: "Cranky" ;D ;D

Oops!!  I am so very sorry. You are absolutely correct.
I apologize for my hideous condition and I shall not
inflict myself upon you any further.
You Cranky Old Fart.  Yes, that sounds much better.  ;D

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2017, 09:46:30 PM »
 ;D ;D
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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #14 on: September 15, 2017, 10:05:04 PM »
Playing the right note is th4e first part of the job, so don't worry much about vibrato and dynamics until you get control of hole number, blow/draw and slide position.

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Re: Too many things to remember!
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2017, 11:01:14 PM »
I'm sometimes reassured by a line in that bear movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin: "What one man can do, another man can do."

Best part of that movie was that Baldwin died in it. ;D ;D ;D
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