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Hawkeye Herman

Series Introduction

Hawkeye Herman introduces his new series, Hummin' and Strummin'! Learn how to "think what you play and play what you think". Relax, visualize and connect with your best friend: your guitar!

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Hummin' and Strummin' seriesLength: 5:18Difficulty: 0.0 of 5


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SprintbobSprintbob replied on October 15th, 2015

I spent about an hour yesterday watching and listening to Hawkeye's first four lessons in this series. His first piece of advice to quit looking at your guitar and hands to get better connected to the music is an epiphany for me. I started playing at age 55 2.5 years ago and class myself as an advanced beginner yet one of the biggest challenges has been to sound musical and to get my playing sounding like it's flowing from me. I started doing that last night for really the first time since I picked up a guitar with Hawkeye's advice gently speaking to me in my head. Thanks so much for putting this together. From simple words comes powerful results!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on June 4th, 2015

Hello, I'm Southern Cash, and i've done your other lessons and loved them. I appreciate you doing some more!

brianhbrianh replied on May 28th, 2015

Great to see you back Hawkeye. Regards Brian

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 29th, 2015

Thanks so much. There are over 35 more hours of my lessons that have been filmed, an many interesting and useful (I hope) blues guitar related topics. Your patience is appreciated, as it take the jamplay team time to edit the many hours of lessons I've videotaped in Oct. of 2014 and May of 2015, as well as notate and create the supplemental material for each lesson. They are then posted incrementally over time. It will probably take about a year for the jamplay team to get all of those lessons eidted/notated/posted incrementally. Please 'hang in there' as there are many new lessons in a variety of subjects yet to be posted ... new 'adventures' yet to be posted as we travel together on the 'blues highway at jamplay.com. Thanks again or your kind comments.

Rich1165Rich1165 replied on May 28th, 2015

Hi Hawkeye- I am thrilled that you have a new series on Jamplay. I am going through your Blues series so I don't want to start this one yet. But I am really looking forward to it. Love your teaching style. After each lesson my smile is almost as large as yours. Thanks.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 29th, 2015

Thanks so much. I filmed over 25 horus of new lessons in Oct. of 2014, that aare yet to be posted, on many blues guitar related subjects, and then in May of 2015 I filmed 15 hours more ... your patience in the appearance of those lessons online takes time, as each lesson must be edited and supplemental material notated/created by the jamplay team. Beliwve me, there are many more lessons to come in a variety of blues guitar related subjects. So glad to have you on board for new 'adventures' on the 'blues highway' here at jamplay.com.

Rich1165Rich1165 replied on May 28th, 2015

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jw56jw56 replied on May 6th, 2015

Hello Hawkeye - I am happy to attend your new lesson series - as I have said in other posts - I love your teaching. I have really enjoyed and learned from your videos over the past 2 years - - getting "in touch" with my guitar - as you suggest - is something that i want to work on more and more - as an example - what i have been trying to do is sing or hum a lick and than reproduce it on the guitar - also when I play - I like to try to hum or sing the melody - as I noticed you have done in many of your videos. I was hoping perhaps you can elaborate further on how I might be better able to "speak" through the instrument. Thank you Hawkeye- I luv you man.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 29th, 2015

Since Oct. of 2014 I've filmed about 35 more hours of lessons, including filming in May of 2015 ... including 'humming/strumming/getting in touch with your guitar, blues songwriting, the playing of 'classic blues performers' and much, much more. All of those lessons will be showing up, incrementally, in time, here at JamPlay. Please be patient, as it takes the jamplay 'team' some amount of time to edit and create the supplemental material for each lesson. One should ALWAYS be 'singing or umming' the music they are playing in their head to themself as they play, whether spontaneously playing or pre-arranged ... Always ... if you're watchiing yourself play music, you're not connected to your instrument, like an actor 'living the part on stage' ... not watching themself say words. When you have a conversation with somebody you don't watch yourself speak, you're involved in the activity spontaneously. If you watch yourself play you set yourself up for mistakes due to lack of mind/body involvement. ;-) There are many more hours of my lessons, on many subjects, yet to be posted. Thanks for the words of 'welcome back.' Much appreciated.

Hummin' and Strummin'

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Learn how to "think what you play and play what you think" in Hawkeye Herman's series, Hummin' and Strummin'! Relax, visualize and tune into your best friend: your guitar!



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Hawkeye Herman introduces his new series, Hummin' and Strummin'! Learn how to "think what you play and play what you think". Relax, visualize and connect with your best friend: your guitar!

Length: 5:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Relaxation

The first step in connecting with your guitar is learning good posture and learning how to relax. Join Hawkeye in this lecture style lesson as he discusses how to get comfortable and how to relax!

Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Tuning

After we've relaxed ourselves, it's time to get the instrument in tune. In this lesson, Hawkeye discusses how to properly use a digital tuner.

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Feel the Pulse

Are you guilty of watching yourself play? Hawkeye explores this topic in this lecture style lesson and helps you break the habit!

Length: 18:33 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Intention and Visualization

Being intentional with your instrument is one of the best ways to connect with it! Hawkeye discusses his philosophy on being intentional through visualization techniques.

Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Connecting through Rhythm Guitar

Join Hawkeye as he shows you how to connect with your instrument through various chordal formats and rhythmic variations.

Length: 10:19 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Connecting through the Blues Scale

So far, Hawkeye's shown us how to connect mostly through rhythm guitar. Now, he shows us the blues scale and takes Hummin' and Strummin' in a new direction!

Length: 11:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Connecting through the Major Pentatonic Scale

You've already learned the minor pentatonic scale. Now, learn to connect through the major pentatonic scale - a great scale to know for country and folk songs!

Length: 8:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Transposing

The ability to transpose is a must have when playing your favorite songs. In this lesson, Hawkeye shows us an easy method for transposing songs. This will help keep you on the same page with others during...

Length: 14:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Series Review

Hawkeye wraps up his Hummin' and Strummin' series with a recap of the philosophies and concepts he's shared so far. Thanks for joining him for this series! You should now have all the tools you need to...

Length: 13:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Hawkeye Herman View Full Biography ""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association

"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine

" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times

"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
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With over 40 years of performing experience, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman personifies the range of possibilities in blues and folk music. His dynamic blues guitar playing and vocal abilities have won him a faithful following and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs and educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His original music has been included in video dramas and documentaries and in four hit theatrical productions.

In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.

In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.

This musician has definitely carved out a spot for himself in the contemporary acoustic blues/folk field, and has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists in the genre, and audiences throughout the US/Canada/Europe have come to know and appreciate Hawkeye's talent, dedication, and captivating performances.

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