[Harp-L] Scale and intervals practice on dimi chromatic

Sheltraw macaroni9999@xxxxx
Thu Jul 27 18:18:07 EDT 2017

I don't play the the dimi but I do play the augy. I don't practice scale patterns at all. Matter of fact I don't think about blowing/drawing or using the slide. The augy system is nearly translationally invariant which facilitates a tight coupling between the inner ear and motor cortex. So I mostly just think of what I want the next few notes to be and out they come automatically - most of the time. I still need work on larger intervals but those, I am convinced, will become automatic as well with practice.


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> On Jul 27, 2017, at 12:40 PM, Chesper Nevins <chespernevins at xxxxx> wrote:
> Hi Hannes,
> I personally practice any scales, arpeggios, melodies, etc., while keeping
> an awareness of what key I'm in - and what notes I'm playing.
> This makes Eb and F# somewhat different from each other.
> Of course, there is still the physical convenience that F# is no harder
> than Eb, but I don't really focus on "pattern playing".
> At the same time, I can still be somewhat aware that I am playing in a
> "blow/ blow+slide/draw" "pattern".
> If a whole scale is too difficult/unfamiliar, I break it down into 4-note
> pieces or even 2-note pieces.
> BTW, the same goes for the "Dimi Blues Harp" as well (the Dimi diatonic).
> Jason Rogers
> jasonharmonica.com
> On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Hannes Schneider <
> hannes.schneider.23 at xxxxx> wrote:
>> To those who play diminished tuned chromatics: Do you practice scales and
>> intervals by tonality (C, G, D ...) or by position (starting with blow,
>> blow + slide, draw)? Being mainly an "ear player" I tend to think that
>> practicing e.g. C, Eb, F# and A separately would be somehow redundant, but
>> I'd like to know how others think about it.
>> regards
>> Hannes

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