On this page I will take submitted questions (along with some questions from my years of teaching), and post my own answers for all to see.
Feel free to ask any harmonica-related question. Remember, there are no stupid questions! (well OK, there are SOME stupid questions, but no sincere question is stupid!)
Q: “What do you do or recommend to start warming up for a show? What do you practice to help you be prepared for a performance?“
A: First thing I will say is that the best thing I can recommend to keep you at the top of your game is to be in a regular practicing routine. I don’t mean that you have to have a really strict routine every day…but you DO want to be in the habit of practicing level-appropriate skills, improvising, and always trying to keep your ear on the top of its game on a regular basis.
Aside from that, here are few things that have helped me over the years to be prepared for performing:
- Always have Jam Tracks with you…a variety Jam Tracks are essential to good practice, and for keeping you on your musical toes. I always have some with me on my phone, iPod, laptop, etc…
- Before a performance, if you feel a bit rusty, it may be a good idea to play through several Jam Tracks and/or practice playing some tunes by yourself, keeping the groove going and everything.
- Warm-up with some instrumentals you know by heart and use the licks and musical ideas as a launching pad for working on your own new ideas.
- If you have been keeping up with your practicing, LISTEN to some inspiring instrumentalists. This alone can really help (depending on your skill set) and is an endless source of inspiration!