Wednesday, January 16, 2019

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 552 #598)

Fun class this week with Rie "Lee" Kanehira in from Japan playing keys with us. Always great to have you join us, Lee!

And cool to see Patrick drop in and play too. Remember, B1 LOVES guests, so come by anytime.

Class Notes

  • No news - practice, grasshopper!
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 551 #597)

Happy New Year!

Thinking about a Liban tune people in B1 have been doing lately Joe pointed out it is basically James Cotton in action. And Cotton's playing is pure blues scale and sound.

To get people focused on blues scale and the heavy sounds blues harp players want to be playing, Joe kicked off the year with some live "rapid recall" exercises. He played a phrase repeatedly then went around the room letting each person duplicate what they heard.  A key learning is that better breathing is your foundation and folks coming up short on the phrase repetition were usually suffering breathing trouble. Joe also stressed the importance of avoiding the unbent three draw.

Watch for more of this live rapid recall in all classes in the coming weeks.

Class Notes

  • Register now! There's still time (and room) to get registered for this session at Old Town. 
- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew