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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2011-08-08T18:43:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=13&t=12091 2011-08-08T18:43:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=111387#p111387 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]> One evening in four week I go to course for 2 hours, lead by a blues-harp teacher.
Regularly I print the tabs of a nice song from internet and start to practice. I must say, until now, I'm successfull in learning the songs, but it will take a long time before I can play like my teacher.
I like the instrument very much and hope to play many years.
My teacher says you will learn every day and her motto is: today it is aprty, and tomorrow it will be too: everyone on the blues-harp.

Antoon Koster from Horst, a little town in the south of the Netherlands.

Statistics: Posted by Antoon — Mon Aug 08, 2011 6:43 pm


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2011-07-05T00:27:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=111119#p111119 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
However, when I'm hiding in my house practicing my tongue-blocking and overblowing, I certainly sound like a 'beginner'.

Looking forward to reading, sharing with, and learning from everyone on this forum.

Statistics: Posted by tbang — Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:27 am


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2011-06-15T12:22:48+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110938#p110938 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]> Statistics: Posted by watertore — Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:22 pm


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2011-06-11T21:22:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110883#p110883 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
jeffl wrote:
And, BarbecueBob Maglinte will tell you that alot of harpers regress at some point in their journey. If you don't keep gettin' better - or at least maintain your skills- it's gonna happen.


I'm going through that right now.

Its like I came out of a trance one day and discovered that I was playing the same groove over and over again.

Statistics: Posted by TC6969 — Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:22 pm


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2011-06-11T20:32:52+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110882#p110882 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]> Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Sat Jun 11, 2011 8:32 pm


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2011-06-11T19:18:03+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110881#p110881 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
My playing partner has been bugging me to play some at our next gig, though, so it can't be all bad.

Statistics: Posted by DaveG — Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:18 pm


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2011-06-11T15:48:03+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110878#p110878 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
Really though, I was glad to not have alot of local influences, so I did alotta playin' in a vacuum and it helped me develop my own style.
Corky Siegel was another one of my early influences, and I WAS able to catch him playing live a few times when I was young.

I think a big part of learning fast was that I had a close friend who became my playing partner and he played both piano and guitar, so we played together alot and learned the blues together. That's the guy that just died on me last week- heart attack. By the time I went to college I had harp pretty much figured out enough to perform.

And, BarbecueBob Maglinte will tell you that alot of harpers regress at some point in their journey. If you don't keep gettin' better - or at least maintain your skills- it's gonna happen.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:48 pm


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2011-06-11T14:43:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110877#p110877 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
The only learning tool available to me at the time was the little brown paper book that came free with Hohner diatonics in the 60's.

Learning "On top of old smokey" and "Home on the range" gave me the basic fundamentals that made me the player I am today.

I've never had any luck teaching people because I insist on them learning the basics first and everybody wants to be Little Walter in two weeks.

Statistics: Posted by TC6969 — Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:43 pm


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2011-06-11T14:01:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110875#p110875 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]> then the internet began exploding, and i got a lot more benefit from all the information to be found there.

the bottom line for me, looking back, is that i wish i'd actually learned what tony glover was teaching in his book, and sought out a teacher long before i did. i could have saved about 20 years of stumbling around.

G, any way i can help you, just ask. and i know there are others who visit this forum who will gladly do the same!

Statistics: Posted by jbone1 — Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:01 pm


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2011-06-11T13:49:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12091&p=110873#p110873 <![CDATA[Re: How many Beginner players Here]]>
If I was learnin' to play nowadays, I'd do alot of the same listening (including the British blues), add the slew of good American harpers... but I'd use the online resources to get the basics earlier so that I wouldn't have to fumble around ignorantly as long as I did then. Even the simple tutorial that's linked to from the main page of this forum will get people started. Otherwise, there are online coaches aplenty now, and there have been some great book/cd sets done by guys like Jerry Portnoy (one of Muddy's old harpers).

If I wanted to be a serious harper now, I'd get to some harp clinics for hands on coaching, and I'd find a decent coach as close to home as I could. It's always beneficial to have a coach.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Jun 11, 2011 1:49 pm


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