March 23, 2017

When are you Ready to Perform? How Long In the Wood Shed?

This is quite arbitrary…

Some folks put in 15 hours and then start playing…

Some folks wait till they are experts and then start playing…

I have just stuck a stake in the ground.

I am ready to begin playing in a religious context when I am at the Intermediate level according to David Barrett’s Level of Achievement Program. So that means when I complete level 3 of that program.

At that point, I will be pretty proficient with the single notes and some two note chords.

I should be able to do them intentionally.

I should at least have an idea of what to do with my hands for some sound affects…

I should be able to improvise over a melody as well as provide a bit of accompaniment harp.

My tremolo (vibrato) should be at a good place. (I don’t know the difference between “tremolo” and “vibrato” or even if there is one)

My note bends will be decent and coming along.

My tongue slaps should be at the same point…

And on top of finishing level 3 of BluesHarmonica.Com, I should just learn a few hymns and gospel songs to prepare for whenever the opportunity arises.

I am currently finishing up level 2 so this is not that far away…

This will not make me at a professional level, but it will get me up to a decent level of playing ability.


Practice Status

OK, it looks like when my kids go on break, I do as well. I am not getting as much time in as I should, but one thing that is good is that I am practicing my Level 2 LOA progam. I need to finish this by the end of the month in a couple weeks.

I put in 30 minutes this morning during the (outside in the car before work) period.

So I ain’t standing still, I just ain’t moving very fast…

but hey..its a marathon not a sprint…

 

GospelHarp

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