Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 146 #190)

More Chords and Basslines!
Joe is still touring Europe, spreading the Filisko/Noden sound, so Shoji Naito revisited the chords and basslines topic. After a review, which included non-twelve-bar forms, Shoji taught a slow blues bassline and a triplet chord technique. Leave the band behind and make music with two or three harmonica players! To see Shoji's material, go here.
We continue to rehearse Shoji's four-part arrangement for Silver Bells. This is ensemble playing that everyone should get involved in and play with us at the December 11 Recital. Pick a part you feel you can master and work on it so you have it memorized for the December 11 performance. We will work on this at 8pm every week now leading up to the recital. Regardless of the part you choose, Shoji recommends everyone also spend some time learning the melody (Part One). Here's the link to Silver Bells.

Hot New YouMissedMonday Blog Feature!
We've added a new, separate calendar to the ymm blog. This one features blues jams so get out there and sit in to improve your playing! If you're hosting a jam, be sure to let us know so we can list it for you.

R.I.P. Norton Buffalo!
Legendary harmonica player, Norton Buffalo, passed away last Friday. R.I.P. Norton, from harmonica players and music fans around the world. Here's a great article about him.

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