The Train….timing and breathing

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    Patrick Coyle
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    Righto, here’s the million dollar question.

    How do I get the timing to gradually get faster and not lose control with breathing in and out faster ?

    I have got the basic start down and can get the pace up a little but once I try building speed its like my brain trips up and my breathing gets all out of step and I don’t know if i am breathing in or out so I stop and my brain feels over oxygenated like I’m on a high ( not that i know what thats like of course )
    So I’m thinking maybe its just a time thing where practice helps develop the rhythm or somehow learn to turn the brain off…

    Might as well add this while I’m here.
    I read your comment Mitch about the harp you use so got onto eBay and bought a Hohner Special 20 (made in Germany lol ).
    The difference between the Hohner and my Aldi bought harp was huge in so far as how easy it is to create sound. A gentle breath across the holes is enough .
    I’ve also found with my pucker that if I hold the harp ever so slightly towards my upper lip, head straight as if actually holding a sandwich the notes are clear and crisp on both the blow and draw.
    Oh how the smallest adjustments can mean so much.

    Well thats enough from me I think.
    Look forward to our replies on how to improve my concentration?breathing technique .
    Cheers.

    #12736
    Udo
    Udo
    Participant

    my tipp: don’t stress yourself! let your muscular memory develop. if you practice licks and breathing patterns at a slower pace your body gets used to it. when speeding up slightly not so much consciousness is needed but the muscular memory takes over.
    at the start of my journey i got frustrated because Mitch plays the licks so fast i couldn’t even imagine to get there. for me it helped to go at my speed and build up routine over time.

    keep on harping 👍

    #12737

    Patrick Coyle
    Participant

    Udo…..I’m smiling cause that really does make sense… Just do what I’m doing without the expectation …Thanks.

    #12738
    Twigslet
    Twigslet
    Participant

    Well I’m back again after a short break. I have decided after reaching video 4 of the step by step course, I needed to go back to the beginning as something just wasn’t right.. Practising A-tic-a ha was not so easy. So I have spent the last 30 minutes getting it up and running and I am now proud to say My Chug Train sounded as good as yours Mitch! Now I having got the hang of it, I need to speed it up from 35 to 60 seconds. So I will practice it each day this week 10 minutes. To hopefully get me breathing right too.

    I’ll continue with the tunes laid out to but not sure about the bending. Have been practising but so far no joy!!

    Catch ya later.

    Twigslet

    #12739
    Udo
    Udo
    Participant

    Twigslet please stay motivated while training the bends. It really is frustrating at some points.

    Mitch calls the needed time you need for taming the bend the “ugly hours”. It took me quite a while to get a feel for bending at all and lots more to control it.
    For me as a rookie the Hohner Special 20 was too hard to bend. I turned to a Lee Oskar which worked much better for me. And if you turn to a lower tuning (e.g. A major) bends can come more easy as well.

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