[Harp-L] To read, or not to read, that is the question.
Thu Dec 15 07:47:40 EST 2016
If you guys haven't heard or met Trip Henderson, he is an amazing player
and person. He was my first clue that there was a harmonica community. No
matter where I went around the nation in my 20s to a harmonica event, there
On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Trip Henderson <trip.tunes at xxxxx>
> I am a folk musician, I learn using the "folk process" which is to say
> learning a tune or song by ear from a source, be it human or a recording.
> This has served me well over the years simply because all the music I want
> to play has been passed on from generation to generation or was written and
> taught to me by its author. I'm as busy as I want to be teaching, recording
> or gigging and have never been asked to read - but that's because the
> leader or producer hire me to play what I do well - southern and/or
> northern vernacular music.
> That said, do I wish I could read? Yes, absolutely! Here's a great
> example. There's a song in the Doc Watson Songbook that he never recorded,
> the only way for me to learn the melody is to have a friend that reads play
> it for me so I can learn it by ear. If your tastes are more sophisticated
> and you want to play jazz etc, or aspire to be a session player then you
> must read, its really not optional. If you have the time and inclination,
> why not?
> *Trip Henderson*
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