[Harp-L] Re: Phrasing and Spacing

Along those lines is to learn to play the instrument as much as an accompanist as a soloist.

I garner the most compliments when I'm inserting color notes and textures here and there . Then if I get a solo I try to give it a beginning a middle and an end. I try to be mindful to keep the hot fast licks to a judicious minimum and pull as much juice out of the longer notes as possible. Shape and detail everything with dynamics. If your with good musicians, they will follow you which feels so cool.

Some one correct me if I'm wrong but the story goes something like this . Someone asked Louis Armstrong about about how he played jazz or how to play jazz or something along those lines . He responded and I paraphrase, "Man, if you gotta ask you'll never know ."

From Gary Popenoe

On Jan 22, 2008, at 5:49 AM, IcemanLE@xxxxxxx wrote:

Now your talking. This is where creativity lives - phrasing and the silence between the notes.

Harmonica is the only instrument that you can play on the inhale, so it is truly one into which you breathe life.

As to spaces - learn to "Play" the silence as if it were a note rather than a time that you kill until you get to start playing again.

Study phrasing - it's easy to figure out the notes played - it's how you play those notes that matters and it is more than "pressing the right button at the right time over and over again".

For instance - I began playing keys and harmonica with a local smooth jazz r/b band about 5 years ago - the only white guy. Many accents and phrases happen or begin on the last sixteenth note of a bar, anticipating the downbeat of the next measure. In order for me to "find" the timing/phrasing, I started counting beats in my head and trying to land my fingers on the piano at that last sixteenth note. Everyone else in the band rolled their eyes and told me I just had to "feel it" rather than "count it". It took a while before I crossed over to trusting the feeling instead of counting the time. When I "got it", it liberated a large part of my creativity, as I didn't have to spend all that energy counting. I could spend all my time listening and feeling.

The Iceman

In a message dated 1/22/2008 2:25:50 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, gpopenoe@xxxxxxxxx writes:
Let's talk phrasing and how to listen and about the spaces in between
the notes. What kind of place does my head have to be in to play those
three notes as well as Big Walter did?

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