One thing I love about teaching at Hip Harp Academy is getting to see the “Final Beginning Projects” that each student does. This is a culmination of Diane Almond’s experience in the Blues Harp-Style class – and this is just the beginning!
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1. Give a short description of what it took for you to get to the place of being able to play what you did – both logistically and emotionally
Logistically, I found it hard to create an arrangement, feel comfortable with it and be able to submit it on time.
Emotionally, getting past the feeling that it was not enough and accepting DHC’s advice to be comfortable with what I could do now
2. What freedoms and blocks in yourself did you connect with (or struggle with) in the process?
Freedoms – improvising with the scale notes and coming up with all different cool bluesy sounds
Blocks – couldn’t get it all together as I would have liked
3. What challenges did you meet to connect with your own freedom of expression in this project?
Confidence in the arrangement and my playing
4. What were your personal “Ahas”?
I have learned a lot, I started with virtually no knowledge of the structure of blues music and now feel that, even though I can’t play it all yet, I have the understanding and tools to keep exploring.
That you can do so much with the Blues on the lever harp
From watching my video I can identify areas that need to be worked on, which I can’t pick up when I am playing.
5. Is there anything else you´d like to tell people who are watching your video?
It’s been a great course and I have really enjoyed it and thanks to DHC for the support, encouragement and inspiration to play the blues.
Hey, thanks for reading this example of what it’s like to go thru a course with me! Did you have A-ha’s or revelations watching the video & reading the answers she wrote? Add your comments below. Please – no critiques – just share what you learned from someone courageously sharing a project that’s the BEGINNING of a lifelong learning journey.
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