Try to practice the same time every day. 1-3 hours. Divide your practice time up...technique (new), repertoire (new and old) and songwriting. Check out youtube for lessons and/or songs you want to learn. If you are learning a new song, listen to it over and over so that it is in your body, not just your head. You want to integrate music into your heart and build muscle memory in your hands. Go slow and use a metronome. Count out loud....break things down to their simplest components...then put it back together...your way.
Dear Artist/Talent of Delta Blues,
First, I’m not going to lie to you...I’m not really comfortable doing this, but a good friend has been urging me to give it a shot, so I am.
I am looking for new talent to join me as I take my game to the next level.
I’m going to be playing at the 169 Bar in NYC, (169 E. Broadway in Chinatown, www.169barnyc.com) on March 20 at 8 pm and want you to come by, if this letter “fits” you.
Please continue to read there’s more..
My name is Robin O’Herin. I play bottleneck blues, piedmont blues, holy blues, original folk blues, and some fingerstyle guitar.
I’ve opened for the Doobie Brothers, Paul Geremia, Roy Bookbinder and Vance Gilbert. I’ve shared the stage with Leslie West and Mountain and Andy Cohen. People tell me I sound like I grew up in the Delta, but I’m actually a Jewish girl, originally from Long Island, years ago.
I grew up listening to Lightnin Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie Johnson. Then I discovered Rev. Gary Davis and players like John Renbourne.
Some say I sound like early Bonnie Raitt or Rory Block. Maybe a little Keb Mo. I’m including a few little video clips so you can hear what I’m talking about. But people tell me my music is more raw; authentic is a word they use a lot. Some people think my voice reminds them of Janis Joplin. I don’t know about that, but let’s just say I can “bring it” from a deep place if you know what I mean…
Like I said, I’m looking for talent to play with me and that can basically “handle” my style.
It’s not for everyone.
If you’ve got talent, I would like to meet you on one condition – please be “You.” No fakes.
Either you’ve “got it” or you don’t if you know what I mean. So, like I said, I’m playing at the 169 Bar in NYC, (169 E. Broadway in Chinatown, www.169barnyc.com) on March 20 at 8, and if Delta blues is your thing, you need to be there.
I’m looking for like-minded, true to themselves and true to delta blues music kind of people. If you’re like me, and looking for more, and are willing to put in the effort and time to make that happen – this will not be a waste of your time. I love the adventure. I love my music. And I love sharing that passion with others. And, I’d love to find people to play with. That’s why this invitation.
People come up to me at gigs or find me online and want to play with me, but they don’t really “get” my music at all (that’s why I’m writing this letter)—it’s not like city blues where it follows a set progression and keeps perfect time. It’s not all polished and shiny and sometimes it has crooked time or gets way on the backbeat.
So you can see that I’m looking for that special talent.
If you’re a singer, or dance, or play harp, drums or bass, that’s a plus of course. And if you just love this gritty music, but have no real musical talent, you come too. Or if you haven’t heard delta-style blues; you should.
But this letter is really for...the die-hard delta blues artist.
For the musicians, I’ve got to be up front, it has to be the right fit. This is business too. We are talking about making money and getting paid.
I tour regionally, have played in Europe and have a couple of CDs out.
You can check me out at www.robinoherin.com, www.reverbnation.com/robinoherin, www.youtube.com/robinohe or on facebook, twitter, talentwatch.com (just to name some of the sites).
Anyway, I’m going to be playing at the 169 Bar in NYC, (169 E. Broadway in Chinatown on March 20 around 8 pm. It’s a small venue, so you might want to get there early so you can get a good seat. Come up and introduce yourself.
At www.talentwatch.net/robinoherin three of my videos are in the top 15 and one is in the top 10! How cool is that!
Hey! Just wanted to update you on a few last minute February gigs. Today's concert for the Mass Hospital School has been moved to March 3. This is in conjunction with raisingtheblues.org, a wonderful organization helping disabled children. They are having a fundraiser on March 6 with some wonderful musicians--check http://www.raisingtheblues.org for details. Tomorrow, (Thursday), I will be joining Darlene White from the BSO Educational Dept. for a fun, interactive music and storytelling workshop at Knesset Israel.Heroes For Haiti is an all-day event at the Washington Ave. Armory in Albany. The doors open at noon and I will be playing upstairs between 2 and 2:30. It sounds like a wonderful event. The afternoon will begin with an interfaith service, then community expo on the main floor with exhibit and vending tables of local not-for-profits, women and minority-owned businesses, social justice organizations, social service agencies, faith institutions, and others. There will also be workshops taking place in three rooms on the upper floors during the afternoon and musical performances on the main stage. There is also a big concert planned for that evening. I will also be in Upton at the Rose Room Revue later this month--haven't been there in a couple of years, for you Eastern MA fans. I've been working on some new marketing strategies and some new performance video snippets. I have a new video intro up here: http://www.talentwatch.net/artist/profile?id=NDI5. If you are up for it, you can register as a fan and rate my videos.... More to come soon. Stay warm.
For those who missed the update on NYC: New York City was awesome. It is a very cool club. The owner was a little grumpy at first, but after he heard us play (Marshall Messer joined me on harmonica), he said he wanted us to come back--maybe a Saturday night, and that we were Excellent! How cool is that? And I'm going back March 20. 2010!
the gig had four floors with 4 bands on each floor. I was squashed between two blues bands. The place filled up while I was playing and people LOVED IT! Lot's of good things may come out of it--I'll keep you posted. :) R.
Hey everyone, Thanks for your help and support--I can't believe I went from #17 to #4 in 4 days. You guys are awesome! robin
I can't believe it--only three more days to go and I am up to number seven! And, I'm number 9 on the top artists!!!!! I have to say to all my fans--you are Fantastic!
I love you Mom!!
I just want to thank everyone who has been placing widgets and listening to songs. You guys are the best! Robin