Re: [Harp-L] Run-Around Advice
Popper's harmonica playing is more of a style than musical - (IMO) - lots of
notes and fast runs. I am confident that he did not sit down and work out
melodic lines, but worked the harmonica for the note sequences built in - more
harmonicky. I hear fast breathing patterns and sequences, movement of the
harmonica to coordinate w/breathing patterns, etc.
It sounds to me like one pretty good harmonica idea played over and over in
most of his songs. In other words, you could cut and paste one solo from one
song into another and there wouldn't be that much of a difference.
This is not to say that John can play other styles when he wants to -
melodic, slow blues, etc. I feel that he is relying on his one approach, which does
resonate with today's youth, MTV, video, short attention span society.
For your solo, you don't need to transcribe his notes. Just practice fast
breathing patterns and movements on the harmonica until it sounds reasonably
like this stylistic practice and most won't know the difference.
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