: Jeez! Thanks! It sure is nice to be
: I practice in wildly varying amounts,
: depending on what I'm trying to
: For keeping my chops in shape, I just play
: whenever I feel like playing and have the
: time, and the result is that I practice
: very little.
: When I'm learning a new song for
: performances, I practice it alot,
: generally alternating between listening to
: the record and playing.
: When I'm transcribing tunes note-for-note,
: YIKES! If I didn't write down every note,
: I'd miss even more than I do! First I
: listen to all the early recordings by the
: artist again and again till I decide which
: tunes to do. Then I listen again and
: again to those tunes until I'm satisfied
: that I've got them as close to the
: originals as I can. Then I practice what
: I've written, which can be quite a bizarre
: collection of notes, since this music is
: generally more complicated, quirkier and
: harder than you remember it to be. The
: final stage of the process, which comes
: after HOURS and HOURS of work, is
: recording the video, missing alot of the
: notes I so carefully wrote down and
: "memorized", but getting alot of
: them right, too.
: What seems to surprise many people about my
: practising is how little time I usually
: spend going over tunes I've already
: learned. I could certainly stand to spend
: more time on them, but it doesn't make as
: much difference as I might have thought it
: would. My shows vary as do those of any
: performer, but whatever the mysterious
: something is that makes the difference
: between doing a good show and doing a
: great show, it ain't practising (nor NOT
: practising!). Sometimes I feel really
: "on" and sometimes not, and I
: wish I knew how to make it happen, but I
: Thanks again for your appreciative comments.
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: Ari, I have your video on Blind Lemon as well
: as on Blind Boy Fuller. WOW. Im curious,
: How much practice and or playing time do
: you put in every day? Your transcriptions
: are phenomanal. What an ear? When
: transcribing, do you have a certain
: technique etc that works? What gives? Your
: playing and singing is really authentic. I
: saw you do a workshop at the Philly folk
: festival about ten years ago and was
: floored. Any body else, feel free to
: comment as well, Im curious. I also play
: old timey music and there just isnt enough
: time in the day to learn it all. Ive been
: playi about 15 years but this is not
: enough. Comment, suggestions?
: P.S. Does anyone out there sometime feel
: awkward singing these songs?
: : Are you ever coming to the West Coast? Santa BArbara Los Angeles area?
What about singing? Do you, or any one out there feel sorta like a poser singing some of these songs?