Tuesday, May 8, 2012

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 267 #310)

Recital Rehearsal!!!

We're gearing up for the 18th Old Town Harmonica Recital at the Harlem Avenue Lounge this week, May 12 so class was devoted to rehearsing songs for the big stage!

Here is the full schedule and the page of Joe's Recital Checklist: Schedule.

Bring friends, bring family and do your best to stick around and support all the other players throughout the night. It's always a great time!

Peter Madcat Ruth in B1!!!

Hot on the heels of our recital we'll have a terrific class guest, Peter "Madcat" Ruth on Monday, May 14! Grammy award-winning, Madcat is a treasure in the harp community so be sure to check him out. It will be a fun night you won't want to miss. If you're not registered for classes right now but are within driving range of the school that night, remember that you're always welcome for guest nights like this one!

Silent Harp Practice!!!
Our own Harmonica Einstein has this practice tip for you:

Place a very thin fish wire about a third of the way down the reed on both blow and draw reed plates.  Important - air pressure feels very similar to a live harp.  Works in all keys and positions! ;-{

1. Play and hear the notes in your head.  Instead of being distracted by the bad stuff you sometimes automatically play.
2. Play along with a song you are learning to work on hearing and feeling the rhythm and dynamics.

It does not matter if you are really playing the right notes because you cannot actually hear them.  You are trying to hear them in your head.  Then you can find them on the real harp later.

What will he think of next?

Class Notes

  • Recital!!!
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew