Talking Blues Contest Rehearsal!
Still dreaming of caipirinhas, Joe made it back from Brazil and led class sessions devoted to students rehearsing their talking blues songs for next week's contest. Remember to talk rather than sing and treat this as a performance. Strong showings will sell the story. Communicate well with the band and even dress the part.
The contest begins at 6:30pm, October 19, in room B1. Joe's 12:30pm class will go first, in alphabetical order, followed by the 6:30pm and 8:00pm classes. If you have to arrive late, Joe will work you into the schedule. Guests won't be turned away, but they may have to sit on the floor as we expect the room to be crowded.
- Contest is open to all Level III and Level IV students as well as private lesson students.
- The song should be harmonica-driven.
- Some singing is ok, but the idea is to do a talking blues so everyone can participate.
- Produce an entertaining performance.
- Bonus for originality.
- You should make use of the B1 band -- know how to communicate to them what you want.
- Remember, you are competing with yourself. Joe is looking for a winning performance that shows you've pushed yourself and grown. Find your inner showmanship and put on a memorable performance!
Ensemble Tune For Recital!
Merry Christmas! Shoji has created another fabulous multi-harp arrangement for the winter recital. Go to this link to learn all about it and practice a part that's appropriate for you: Silver Bells. We'll begin rehearsing this in class on October 26.
- The next Old Town School Harmonica Recital is scheduled for December 11 at the Harlem Avenue Lounge.
- Joe highly recommends the new David Barrett book, Blues Harmonica Accompaniment Playing.
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