Re: [Harp-L] Re: Cheek Blocking


I shot the video of Nic Clark posted by Chris Richards.  Nic and Al
Chesis were far and away the best act there at the Colorado Blues
Society's IBC competition last Sunday,  But the judges saw it
differently, somehow.  As you can tell from the video, Nic's playing
was absolutely spectacular.  World class tone and phrasing, and
mastery of the instrument.  Two acts out of 7 advanced to the CBS
finals later this year.  Inexplicably, Nic and Al were not in the top

If you like, you can judge for yourself:  There are videos of all the
acts in that show here:

Al's band made it to the semi-finals in Memphis last year, and Nic's
band made it all the way to the finals at the Orpheum theater, and
their set last Sunday was fantastic.

It defies credulity that Nic and AL -- with the performance you see in
the video that Chris posted -- did not advance.  It undermines
confidence that musicians have in the IBC process - confidence that is
already very low.

-Rick Davis
Denver, Colorado

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:37 AM,  <BluzeHarp@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/26/2012 10:08:01 A.M. Mountain Daylight  Time, Robert
> Hale writes:
> >From those who use it, what's the benefit of cheek blocking the right  side,
> high end of harp?
> If you want to hear a good argument for this technique have a  listen to 16
> year old Nic 'Cottonseed' Clark.
> www.
> _
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