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Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:30 pm
by birddog
Any Harpers familiar with him ?
I can't say I I've heard much, seen his mic's on ebay and such. Says he's a Grammy award winner.
He's putting on a free concert at Elderly saturday starting at noon. Then at 1pm-3pm he has a workshop.
Just wondering if I should go.

Wally

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:12 pm
by kingley
Yes you should go!!!!
Pete "Madcat" Ruth is an incredible musician and will teach you a huge amount of stuff!

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:47 pm
by birddog
Ok, thanks.
Done deal, I'm signed up & so is my buddy Dave. He's gonna come by my place early and we will jam for a bit then head over to Elderly. Looking forward to it, should be fun.
I'll give a report after

Wally

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:50 am
by dcblues
You're in for a treat. I've never seen Madcat live, but he's an amazing player.

Check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEhApQms ... PL&index=1

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:23 am
by jbone1
i'd go if i could, he is a very nice guy. we chatted recently on a chat forum. he's way above my level of skill buit he's a wealth of information and ideas. a very talented man and his hard work over many years shows.

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:47 pm
by birddog
All I can say is you guys were absolutely right. He was amazing, Elderly had him set u in the Acoustic/Reso/Banjo room, all the guitar racks wer pushed to the side. He had a relatively simple set up, few mic's and a P.A. Chairs were set up in the middle. In the end he did do that video that was posted above, minus the nose thing but he did do that in the workshop later.
He started by talking about growing up in Chicago near the rail yard, first played a harp at age 11. He started doing a harp thing sounding like a train locomotive taking off, rolling down the line and stopping.
A muti talented guy though, played using a ukelele & harp, even played a nice version of "Come into my kitchen" playing slide on Uke with Harmonica that was great.
But by far my favorite was when he Played "St Jame Infimary" with his old Guild Baritone guitar, that thing sounded great.
Very nice thing for a professional performer to do, I realize he had a workshop afterwards that he was making money on but still nice.
The workshop was great as well. I gained the concept I couldn't get by just reading of different positions. He went through 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 12th. The only bad thing is I didn't bring pen and paper and there were no handouts but now I can probably get them off the net.

Oh and yeah, Jbone1 he spends a fair amount of time on the net I found out while talking with him, didn't get specifics.
Wonder why more players don't use his mic, looks like a more friendly to hold design, not as much bulk.
The way he explained the hand movements and how air works seems like you could get more sounds rather than the bigger mics.

Wally

Re: Peter "Madcat" Ruth

PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:17 am
by too2tall
This is gonna piss some people off but gotta say it. Almost all the really good harmonica players I know never payed to go to a workshop. Now thats not saying you can't learn from other harmonica players because you can but there is so much information on the internet and instructional books out there that to spend your money to mostly expensive harmonica workshop camps is ridiculous. Wanna learn to play the harmonica. Practice your scales. Practice your riffs, practice bends and triplets and so on and so until you get it. It takes time and it takes dedication. Take the information available to you and practice it until you master it then move on to the next thing. I have been playing for 30 years and I am still learning how to do new things. I try to put in 30 min a day. I used to put in an hour a day when I was playing with bands on a regular basis. I guess what I'm saying is listen to harp players, horn players. slide players and then try to emulate some of the things they are doing. Be creative and innovative in your approach. And here is the sad truth...for some people you will never get it...oh you can learn enough to play along and have a good time but it is truly a gift to be able to play from the heart, without thinking and have the emotion, and energy of what you are feeling come through the harmonica. Eric Clapton calls it a leap of faith. If you think you have that then practice practice practice and eventually you will get to a place that is wondrous and exhilarating. Good luck.