[Harp-L] Stones-you can always get- harmonica??

flyingv8@xxxxx flyingv8@xxxxx
Fri Jun 9 10:58:04 EDT 2017

Well said Doug! I have always been of the same mindset no matter what instrument I was learning to play. 
Listening, imagining, & creating. Bravely going where no man has gone before makes playing music so exciting! 
Dee's Finely Tuned Instruments

---- Doug Schroer <dougharps at xxxxx> wrote: 
> I resisted posting on this topic as long as I could.
> One of my primary pleasures in playing harmonica is to figure out my own
> part for a song that originally had no harmonica part, or to create my own
> part that is different or altered from what others have previously played.
> I will usually use an important hook or melody from an original recording,
> whether it was played with a harp, or keyboard, or a horn or a guitar, but
> I will not try to imitate a recording in all aspects. I may study an
> original harmonica part to develop a technique, but I don't study it to
> perform a copy of someone's interpretation.
> I encourage people to not seek an external authority to tell you what to
> play. Sure, it is OK to listen to other players' interpretations. However,
> when it comes to preparing to play harp on a song, I don't search the
> internet for what others have done so I can copy their creativity. I don't
> go on forums asking for tab or sheet music. I listen, over and over, and
> imagine what I might play with the music.
> Listen, imagine, perform, revise, repeat the process...
> I try to create that imagined part by playing along. Sometimes a fortunate
> error will lead me to create a different part than I originally imagined,
> sometimes a part evolves through playing it with a group on repeated
> occasions. It is part of making the interpretation and arrangement of the
> song mine, and not regurgitating the work of others verbatim. People can
> listen to the original recording if they want to hear it performed exactly
> that way.
> How many versions of Juke did Little Walter play? If he had tabbed it out
> from the start and stuck to the first version, we would never have heard
> the recorded version! He set his musical imagination free to create what is
> now a classic.
> Set your musical imagination free to explore so that you can realize the
> music in you.
> Trust the music in you!
> Doug S.

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