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David's Tip of the Day: Dynamics and "In Memory"

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Listen to "In Memory," the song featured in today's release of Recording Study 4. The pitch content of what I played and the textures I used in which to present them are of course important, but dynamics are center stage in this song to convey emotion. The use of dynamics (primarily volume change) is what's commonly missing from players in their first five years of study. The addition of dynamics easily doubles the emotional impression on the listener... I can't emphasize this point strongly enough. A study for you on dynamics can be found here: http://www.bluesharmonica.com/lessons/improvising_study_3_dynamics