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Howlin' Mama & The Muddies-my first band

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Ana R
Apr 24, 2010 3:10 PM GMT

My dear harp friends,

I just have to share this with all of you because you were all my big support from the day I joined Harp Space. A month ago few of us from our harp classes decide to form a band, nothing serious, just for practising. They all played other instruments beside harmonica so they asked me to play harp with them. We had only 8 rehersals and than last saturday we had our first gig. We played only 5 songs that night but it was enough for a start:) We were all scared and nervous like hell but we managed to survive and not screwing it too much.

You can check it on yt, here's the links:

And, Snakeman, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for making me my precious mic!!!!

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Apr 25, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
walterharp Replied:

nice! you guys did great, looks like a fun time

Apr 25, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
Ana R Replied:

Thanks Walterharp, but hardly we had any fun...hahahah...we were way to nervous for that...I play harmonica for only two years and the rest of the guys don't play much longer than that, so we were just happy that we will come with time...I hope:)

Apr 28, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Sounds great! Great playing Ana! :-)

Apr 28, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
bluedreamer Replied:

Super Ana, samo nastavite!


Apr 29, 2010 6:02 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Congratulations, Ana!

There is nothing like the thrill of performing, I think. You guys are on the right track. Keep it up!

Constructive criticism:

Be careful not to rush - when your band is new and you're all excited it is really easy to speed up - just be aware of it.

I don't know where the camera's mic was but the harp sounds to me very loud compared to the guitar. Usually it is the other way around! If its a band, of course both should be heard.


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Apr 29, 2010 4:32 PM GMT
Ana R Replied:

Thanks guys, you're supportive as always, I really appreciate that:)


Thank you for pointing out my problem with rushing. I had that problem from the beginning, and now it's not bad as it was but the problem is still there.

The main problem is that I'm still not playing from my heart. All this song that I'm learning, I'm learning by myself and only by listening. I'm trying to learn all those great effects and trick of an old harp masters.

As I'm not very patient pesron I'm obviously trying to play the songs that are not on my leavel of expertise.

So, when I play with a band or just play, I'm too nervous that I'll play it wrong, or that I'll miss a tone or even worse forget the song and than I'm rushing. I'm still playing from my head and not from my heart. I hate that but I'm sure that in time I'll become more confident in my playing abilities and it'll come to me.

I'm living for the day when I'll start playing from my heart and soul, than I'll know that I finaly become a harp player and I'm sure it'll be the day of my life.

I'm really addicted to harmonica and in this two years of my playing and learning I had many bad days of thinking that it's just not ment to be as I was strugling and strugling with my harps,but I din't give up and now I know that I'll never will.

When Snakeman made me a mic and sent it to me I saw that as a sign from heaven (even I'm not religious pesron) that I'm on right path and that I should never give up playing no matter how I'm sometimes depressed in a learning process.

Seams I'm writing a novel here.....:)

Thanks guys and

Big kisses from crazy Belgrade

Apr 29, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Ana, one of the first things you need to remember is first of all, relax and don't be overly worried about getting every single thing all your harp heroes do because at some point, you will need to stop listening to harp players altogether and listen to other instruments and learn to adapt things from those instruments to the instrument, which is the way many of the best players learned how to do things, and just listening to harp alone is a huge mistake the averageplayer tends to make all the time.

The idea of learning not to rush is also to let the groove do the driving because one rushed note can completely screw the groove up and make things very undanceable. This is where getting your time straight and learning to understand how grooves work is often more important than trying to be a harp god comes in and learning that will vastly improve your musicianship and abilities ten fold.

These things are gonna need some serious woodshedding time to have it all sink in where it's all in your muscle memory and never have to think about itbut it will make everything you do flow more smoothly and sound more musicial.

Good start, tho!!

May 05, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
sgsax Replied:

You mean you aren't supposed to speed up?

Ana, I thought you guys sounded great. My only advice is to keep having fun with it. It looks like you are already doing that, so keep it up! :)


May 05, 2010 6:58 PM GMT
Kingobad Replied:

Nice Job Ana! Just find the groove and stay there. You don't need to fit every embellishment the masters threw in, just stay in the groove. You will be able to add them later and won't need to rush to fit it all in. Better to play simply and in the groove than adding all the bells and whistles and wrecking it.

May 07, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
Ana R Replied:

Thank you for all great advices and for keeping me on the right tracks:)

We are playing again on Sunday but it'll be a gig on the open and during the daylight.

It'll be totally new experience and keeping my eyes shot while playing won't help to ease the pressure...and plus my parents wants to come to see me playing which will maximize the pressure...but again...I will survive like always and actually I'm planing to take your advice and have fun up there....keep your fingers cross for me!!!!

Big Hugs!!!

May 07, 2010 5:42 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

when you figure out you are your own harshest critic, it will become easier to relax when playing cause you won't worry so much about what others think

May 08, 2010 10:15 AM GMT
Ana R Replied:


That is exactly my biggest problem, even when everybody thinks I'm great considering how long I'm playing I'm the one that not satisfied and I'm my biggest criticist. I'm always thinking that I coul't do better. I'm not playing because of others, I'm playing because I love harmonica so so much and I wanna learn and be good so that I can play my precious instrument like its deserved to be played.

But I really decided to take your advice guys and to start having fun instead of worring I might make a mistake or screw it up while playing.

Tonight we are playing in my favorite blues club and on Sunday we are playing in one city park with few other bands...this is going to be busy weekend:)


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