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« on: April 02, 2012, 06:13:11 am »

As some of you may know I play my harmonicas as a regular part of the music group at my church.    We play mostly praise and worship type of songs with a few oldies thrown in.   Well Saturday night they pulled out a very hard nosed driving rock type of song called "Faith".  I had never tired to play that type of music before, and had never heard the song, but I quickly found a part to play on my harmonica, and they played it this morning.   Lots of fun.  I can't wait till I can do that sort of thing on my Ocarinas.



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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 07:54:19 pm »

That sounds like fun, Harp Player. I'm looking forward to that too. Though I am in a group that sings and plays Worship songs at the Newport Beach Pier (So. Calif.) My friends pushed me into playing, Come Thou Fount on my Ocarina, along with the group- I was SO NERVOUS!!!!!
I made a couple of mistakes but not too bad for my first try. I would never have done it of they hadn't pushed me, I usually do vocals. LOL

Pamela


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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 10:51:46 pm »

I commend your bravery Treble! I'm still too nervous to play in front of family, let alone out in public.


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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 05:41:11 am »

I agree playing in public for the first time is a very big step.  I have played my MO at church a few times on some Christmas songs and it was very nerve wracking even though I have been playing my harmonica there for over 10 years.


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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2012, 11:08:13 pm »

Way to go Pamela, that peer pressure is rough isn't it. But kudos on the joining in. Yes playing in front of people is hard. But, it gets easier. I have done that and cannot bring myself to record a note. Every time I look at the mic I get the jitters and freeze up miss notes I can play in my sleep. Its a phobia. For me its just a phobia I cannot breech.


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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2012, 03:44:50 am »

I can understand that I don't like making recordings either.  I think I have maybe 3 of me playing the harmonica.  They are many years old and poor quality.   I want to change that and I have been looking at a multi track recorder (would love to make a good recording of the band at church) but it is out of my budget for now.


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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 07:15:04 pm »

Wow, thanks guys. I thought I was really over reacting, I almost shut down from nerves, draw a blank, and never play as well as I do when I'm alone. However, I am determined to improve in this area- I hate being crippled in this way.

I have a friend who is a professional flautist and she says to focus, close your eyes if you have to and try to stay in the creative right brain side- in other words, don't think (especially technical thoughts- "what note do I hit next"?) just feel. I haven't successfully done this yet, but I'm trying LOL  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2012, 02:59:28 am »

Your friend is right.  When you get to the point to where you just play and make great music without doing much thinking about it you are a true musician.  I am there on my harmonicas, but a long way from that point on the Ocarina.    I hope to get to that point one day.  And once my left thumb heals up I will get back to playing  some.  (I have a nasty cut/rip that I got at work the other day)


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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2012, 04:42:09 am »

Bummer, I'll pray for your thumb.


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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2012, 05:07:34 am »

I have a friend who is a professional flautist and she says to focus, close your eyes if you have to and try to stay in the creative right brain side-

I played my whistle in church this weekend, sort of first time in public, and I did just that: closed my eyes. It works, helps me focus and stop caring about the people around. I played while people were coming back to get seated after an intermission, the choir (I was mostly there to sing) moving in behind me so there was a lot of distraction, but closing my eyes it was possuble to stay focused. Best thing: a realy good pianist was accompning me, and I felt we were really communicating even though I wasn't looking at him until the final notes. I was nervous, but it was a great experience.


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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2012, 05:32:57 am »

Good job on playing at church.  It is a scary thing to do that the first time.   It was scary for me to play the Ocarina at church the first time even though I had been playing the harmonica every Sunday for 10 years.  And yes it does help to close your eyes I do that often while I play.  It helps me to focus on the music instead of on the people.  Also the music does seem to flow better when I do that.


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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2012, 06:53:49 pm »

I close my eyes all the time. It shocked me to see a woman was walking by and stopped to listen while I was playing Silent Night in a dock one day, well it was about 0600 am. She said, " That was beautiful, thank you". She was smiling real big and stayed that way as she walked away.  Close your eyes you may see wonderful things when you open them.


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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2012, 04:16:20 am »

Playing at church is wonderful.  Always remember though,  the people in the congregation are not the audience.  The audience is the Lord and  He said, "make a joyful noise unto the Lord".  The only one that you need to please is Him.   :-)


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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2012, 04:49:33 am »

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Playing at church is wonderful.  Always remember though,  the people in the congregation are not the audience.  The audience is the Lord and  He said, "make a joyful noise unto the Lord".  The only one that you need to please is Him.   :-)

Very well said.   And that is my goal every time I play.  That is one reason I seldom play anything that I wouldn't play at church.


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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 01:37:37 pm »

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Playing at church is wonderful.  Always remember though,  the people in the congregation are not the audience.  The audience is the Lord and  He said, "make a joyful noise unto the Lord".  The only one that you need to please is Him.   :-)

Very well said.   And that is my goal every time I play.  That is one reason I seldom play anything that I wouldn't play at church.

You are both so right. We play (and sing) for the Audience of ONE! What a blessing!


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