- Jan 3, 2015
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Yeah, i screwed up the loopI've encountered guys like that, who have the 'nice guy' routine down pat. He's relying on your kindness to not rebuke his desire to sit-in, for fear of hurting his feelings. But if he's really such a nice guy, he should be able to handle a "No," without getting hurt. If he can't, well then you know it was just an act to get to play.
As for the performance, my biggest issue wasn't the harmonica; it was the rhythm. A lot of mistakes perceived by musicians are completely missed by an audience, especially at a bar. A melody note can be a little flat, you might forget a chord, misplace a lyric, etc. and most won't notice or care. (This is even more so with gear issues, but we won't get into that. )
But once your rhythm is off, everyone notices.
You are looping a two bar pattern, and since the rhythm wasn't tight when you initially played it, the rhythm was off the entire song. This is what I believe makes you think it sounds terrible, not so much the harmonica. Getting rhythmically clean loops takes a little getting used to. But that becomes much easier if the part is played with rhythmic precision. It almost sounds like the first bar is 4/4 and the second bar is 7/8, which I don't think was your intention.
So in his defense, he's attempting to play lines against a riff that is very difficult to get in sync with.
Your voice is excellent and his playing would sound much improved with solid rhythm. So if you don't want to risk hurting his feelings, just clean that up and that song will sound much better.