It never ceases to amaze me, fellow harpsters and harpsterettes, how one section, one concern happens to intertwine and relate to another section, another concern somewhere else.
Case in point:
While we’re discussing the variables of this topic here - in another thread we’re discussing those variables there:
However, in my reading of and going back and forth between the two, for myself, I see the answers to both lay somewhere in the middle.
Meaning and let me explain:
Many moons ago, while surfing and skimming much harmonica related materials, I came across the JT-30 site. In actuality, it was one of the very first sites I ever stumbeld upon.
I saved it; and periodically go back to it now and again.
Yet just as recently as yesterday, with the topic of PRACTICE rearing it’s ugly head again…hehehehe!..I went back and pulled this up once more:
While I instinctively knew it fit the patter of what I was attempting to achieve in my post, and was able to continue on from there – Yet as well, I’m one who double checks, and double checks again just so everything reads smoothly for myself and everyone else doing so.
This means too, I’ll sit and read (and/or watch) the very links I post to make sure they work and the shared knowledge is accurate to the point(s) I’m making.
This being said, I sat and reread through the JT-30 page again; and the following ‘jumped’ out at me. It was there all along, yet for whatever reason I failed to notice it at the time. But when reading it this go round, I had a mini Aha-Eureka moment! Makes perfect sense to me!
And so with no further ado, it was thus, and I quote:
Hum before you play. Hum a few bars of the song that you are working on and then play it with the harp. See if you can exactly match what you hum. Your goal is to make playing harp as easy as humming. You want to train the part of your brain that easily hums a song to use the harp to do the humming.
So estatic was I, that I put away my tabs and stuff; and just started humming all the tunes I could think of. And discovered I can play them too!
This is a wonderful breakthrough for me, and I wanted to share it with you - Because it fits this topic and subject matter here as well!
Those who read it, understand what’s being said, and can put it into practice - I really hope this helps you along your journey through the harmonica universe also!
Please keep us posted!
Now onto the other news here: Well for my big buddy JF specifically -
When it comes to ‘confidence’ and all that; and to take a page out of the MP-like Shakespearean play book, I’d have to paraphrase and say: “I believe the gentleman doth protest too much, methinks!”
And while you’re trying to work on that paraphrase, I’m going to throw you another curveball; and this from the Edward-like play book of wisdom, and I say succinctly: “Dude, you have to let yourself go!”
Yet before you ask me ‘why’ and ‘how’ - I’m simply going to redirect your attentions back to somebody who can and does say it much better than I can –
And this person is Kenny Werner, author of “Effortless mastery: Liberating The Master Muscian Within!”
Maybe you’ve looked at him and the book; I don’t know. Perhaps too though, since Kenny also talks about using a form of meditation to overcome one’s difficulties in music, that for whatever reason this doesn’t jive with you on some level. Again, I don’t know.
Thing is though, whether you choose to believe it or not - Meditation in some form, as it is in say prayer, is good for the mind, body and soul! And you have all three! So even if you still don’t want to attempt those things - Still however, the book itself and just by reading through Kenny’s struggles and what he found to help others alone will do you wonders, my friend!
I believe in you, Joseph! I know you’ll get past this and all obstacles, surely! I just want to be around when you do!
So finally now:
Do you know the harmonica isn’t going to give you confidence to play it, rather the confidence comes from within you to play the harmonica?
Uh, no, but if you hum a few bars…
And so on that fine note then:
Keep on smiling!
Thanks for reading!
Keep on harpin’!
Peace & SPD Out!