Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Blues, Baby

Den purchased a harmonica for himself a couple weeks ago. He decided that he was yearning to play some blues and some blues he was going to play. He has a few songs down pat like Amazing Grace, and he can make this really cool sound that mimics a train going faster and faster and blowing it's whistle. I find myself grinning from ear to ear when he does it for the kids . So as you can imagine it has brought the younger boys a great deal of delight to listen to and to watch Dad play on his tiny music player, although everyone wants to press it to their lips too, but Dad has let the boys know that a harmonica is not an instrument you swap. I think the reasons are obvious.....hehehe However, Abram wanted to play it sooo bad that he begged and begged Daddy to buy him one, and declared that if he did he would learn to play it right alongside of him.

So last night Den brought home Abram's very own little harmonica. Abram was so pleased that he couldn't open the small box fast enough. He began blowing and blowing and blowing on it, believing that he could whip out a tune the very moment it was placed to his lips. Thankfully, for us, the harmonica doesn't sound half bad no matter what you play, but Dad let Abram know that he was going to learn how to REALLY play it.

So Den decided to start him off. At first Den had big plans, as usual. We have learned this about Den with homeschooling. He has big lofty dreams that the boys are going to catch on instantly and that the two of them will be playing an Amazing Grace duet in a matter of hours....hahaha After talking WAY over Abram's head for a bit, and after he recognized the glassy dull look in his seven year old's eyes he decided to back up and start off a wee more basic. He explained that he was going to count 1..2..3..4, and with each number Abram would have to blow out, and then in, and then out, and then in. Simple enough Den thought. Abram eagerly obliged him, but it went something like this 1.2...3.4444444. Den patiently said, "No." Now listen to me count, and now listen to me play it....out..in..out..in. Abram nodded his head and began....in...out...suck for air...out...innnnnnnnnn. Den had a worried look on his face, but pushed on. "Now Abram watch me tap my foot, do you see how there is a steady beat? We are going to follow that, you should also be counting in your head, just blow out and in to the tapping of my foot and along with the counting in your mind." Ok let's go......to which the harmonica sound was all over the map again. Den looked a little stunned at the chaotic sound that was coming from his little man, and he stood their quietly pondering. He wasn't sure how he was going to teach this, but I have to say that I haven't giggled softly so hard in a long time.

Den took me aside privately and told me that this was going to be harder than he thought, that the poor boy has no rhythm. I couldn't give him any advice except to giggle and giggle. I did remind Dad that this is just a beautiful homeschool moment, and another day as a teacher.

Later that night, Den whipped out his harmonica again, and little Abram came running in with his as well. Den finally got the message across and they sang, "Bad to the Bone" with a few alterations to the words. The 4 notes that they would play were very simple, and then they would bellow out the words. Perfection it wasn't, but Abram was on cloud nine, after all his Dad and him were singing the blues together.

13 comments:

Cherrie said...

What a wonderful thing to do together. I am sure that in time he will catch on.

I love to watch Lee and the kids doing music together. It is such a wonderful blessing.

The count down is getting closer and we are getting so excited. See you soon.....

Anonymous said...

LOL I am starting to wonder if he shouldn't try Jazz instead.

Den at work

Kalisha said...

When we went to a fair about a year ago maybe a little more or less (to meet one of dads cousins I think) then we stopped to watch these two guys doing music and when they finished their song one guy gave each of us a little harmonica and a little paper that showed how to play "Twinkle twinkle little star" and almost everyone had it memorized by the end of the week. If I could remember the web site at the back of the little piece of paper I would give it to you because you can print a page on how to use the harmonica, or just look at it and remember it.

Jules said...

HEHE, sometimes timing can be tricky. As a piano player, I would suggest buying an actual timer (I think you can get them at a music store). The one I'm talking about is a pendulum that ticks and it helps you hear the timing better, it really helped me while learning the piano. You can udjust it also. You can do 4/4, 3/4, etc... But anyway, I'm sure that with some practice, he will do great. I think it is awesome that Abram is so excited about it :)

Lori said...

That is a cute story!! ha! I am sure with patience and time, he will find his rhythm...heehee!

JoAnn said...

I love the way you write Trina. I can picture the whole episode in my head and laugh right along with you. In a few short years they will be sounding professional and they will just have to make a CD or something!

Bridget said...

I ran across your blog your amazing! I home school and will be having my 5th baby in a couple weeks. 5 boys how fun!!!

Sharanya said...

The chickens are SO cute!!!! The last photo of Boaz looking at them with that cute grin...simply wonderful. I love your posts, Trina, but I love the way they end even more. You always end on a happy, hopeful note, and that is SUCH a comfort sometimes :)

meNmykids said...

Too fun! How perfect that he wants to learn. They will be blasting out all kinds of stuff in no time.(well....maybe a bit longer than Dennis originally thought!)

Marisela said...

That is so cute. I'm sure Abram will catch on soon. He sounds very willing and anxious. :)

Sister D said...

As a piano Teacher (Jules I didn't know you played) you had me laughing so hard my sides hurt! I can so see the expression on Den's face. "This kids got NO rhythm" Practice makes perfect! Don't give up, He'll get it.. (I'm talking about your Hubby ;)

Neena said...

That's so nice. I can just imagine sitting there watching Dad try to explain something like that to one of my younger siblings. I agree with what you said, though, that it is kind of difficult to actually make a harmonica sound bad anyway. A fair that we went to a while back had a guy with little harmonicas that weren't that good of quality, but he gave every one of us one of them for free, even Heidi who was two at the time. He also told us a little bit about reading the notes... which we promptly forgot.

Neena said...

Oh, Kali already told about that.