We're (I am) learning The Eight Great Blues Riffs for this week's lesson. I'm learning hammer on, sliding and pulling off? I don't know. I'm a student, I will get the terms wrong. We also talked about the strength of the chording hand and the four individual fingers. Ring and pinky being the weakest, so I have more exercises to work them. Index next and the the good old middle finger being the strongest. Does that mean I flip too many people the bird?
Anyway, he promises next week we'll put the shuffle chords, the riffs and some of the blues scale together and make our very own song! Hee he, I'm really so very easy to please sometimes.
Ok, thought I'd give everyone a break from my harmonica lesson tales. Although, this is harmonica related.
The instructor for the class plays with a trio that will be performing Saturday night. I want to go, but don't have anyone to go with...for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture. How socially acceptable (unacceptable) is it for a woman to go to a dinner club to hear a performance alone? Yeah, yeah, I know. To hell what other people think, but how pathetic is it really? More or less than asking your daughter to go along?
Anyone in the Philly area free Saturday night?
Anyway, our lesson, and a far cry from that rendition of Body and Soul, is O Susanna and America. The first offers longer notes and the idea of "repeats" when reading music. The second has some rather quick phrasing and a "skip" from E to G, which is giving us fits as a class.
Still fun and absolutely challenging.