[Harp-L] Poor presentations of harmonica how to videos
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Poor presentations of harmonica how to videos
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- Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 04:36:05 +0000 (UTC)
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After seeing the how to video done in a car in the dark I am wondering what the heck is going on. Eddie Gordon gave me great advice when he told me to ALWAYS dress a bit better than your audience. But some of the people doing how to videos for harmonica are just being ridiculous. I have seen videos done by guys who haven't combed their hair, looked like they haven't bathed or look like they have slept in their clothes. At the same time I have seen videos done by Richard Hunter and Dave Barrett that are very well done. Professionally done and they look sharp as well as playing well. This goes for clinics done at festivals, music stores or NAMM as well as on U-Tube.
If you are going to represent the harmonica in a video or a clinic where the general public is going to see you for goodness sake take some pride in your appearance as well as your playing. Enough!
I just did a clinic at the Sonora Blues Festival with a young man who hopefully will be around a long time. His name is Hank Shreve. Hank not only sounded great but looked sharp as well. I have no doubt Hank will continue to be a great ambassador of the harmonica.
Take your craft more seriously. Take more pride in what you do and how you do it. Especially if you are calling yourself a professional. Represent yourself and the harmonica in a much better light.
Roger Gonzales MA/Music Ed.
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