Re: [Harp-L] Harmonica Progress

I also practice the harp while driving. However, just recently, I started keeping both eyes open while improvising. While this makes it harder for me to come up with new harp licks, I think the sacrifice is worth it .. especially when rounding curves or going down steep hills ..

Crazy Mike

On Jan 22, 2014, at 1:55 PM, daledut <daledut@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I have practiced while driving for years. But only 1 handed and never from written material. I use a lot of prerecorded gospel tracks. I just have to make sure I practice somewhere else too if I'm getting ready for a performance so I can get used to 2 handed and cupping. 
> Like George I like to play along with the radio.  It can help you get a feel for different positions by using one key and try to find notes in each song that comes on the radio. 
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Dennis M. Cooper" <dcooper@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> Date:01/22/2014  1:00 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
> To: 'HARP-L' <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
> Subject: RE: [Harp-L] Harmonica Progress 
> I used to have a commute to my place of employment that took 35-40 minutes
> each way.
> It just so happened that, as I was travelling home most days, the local
> State Highway Patrolman was going off shift and travelling in the opposite
> direction. 
> Being from a rural area, I was acquainted with this gentleman and we
> exchanged a friendly wave each time we passed.
> One evening, I waved as usual. He did a quick three-point turn, lit up the
> overheads and pulled me over. 
> After examining my license, registration, and proof of insurance he stated
> "Yesterday evening when we passed on the highway I had a supervisor in the
> car with me. Could you at least make a show of putting one hand on the wheel
> when we meet and stop steering with your knees?" 
> I promised to try and keep one hand on the wheel, even when he wasn't
> watching.
> Although I always make sure that any new vehicle I purchase can be steered
> with my knees before purchase, I now practice one-handed, only on the rural
> roads, and alone in the vehicle.
> Bottom line... If you practice while driving, please be safe!
> Best Regards,
> Dennis M. Cooper

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