March 20, 2017

Update 3/20/2017

Tongue blocking has gone pretty well. I do probably need to go back and relearn some kind of pucker technique. I am already doing something like that when I hit hole 1 and am not tongue switching.

My tremolo or vibrato, whatever you want to call it, is pretty good and I need to continue working on it…

It has been a while since I did one of these so let structure my practice.

There are three techniques I am working on now slowly:

  • Tongue Slaps – This is the big emphasis of Level of Achievement Level 2
  • Tongue Flutter – Introduced in Level of Achievement Level 2
  • Dip – Introduced in Level of Achievement Level 2. Also in Amazing Grace from Ronnie Shellist
  • Trill, Head shake – This was already done in Level of Achievement Level 1 and continues on.

Techniques that I need to start working on but will in the future:

slide up and down – Not sure why it is so hard for me, but I can’t get a decent slide. I need to work here.

I’m hoping to finish BluesHarmonica.Com Level of Achievement (level 2) by the end of this month. Material for this week includes:

  • Temperature Chorus 5 (BluesHarmonica.Com Stage 2)
  • Amazing Grace – Song from Ronnie Shellist
  • Solo Harmonica Study 2 (1.5) (BluesHarmonica.Com Stage 2)
  • Accompaniment Playing 2 (1.12) (BluesHarmonic.Com Stage 2)
  • Played a little with Gindick’s Country Blues Book.

I am playing about 2 hours a day now. 30 minutes before work, 30 minutes after work, 30 minutes during lunch, and a 30 minute session usually while waiting for a child’s appointment.


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