I’ve just begun a journey. I hope that it will lead me to places I didn’t believe would be possible.
I am 57 years and besides 2 failed brief attempts at guitar playing have never played a musical instrument.
I got the bug to play music again recently and looked around YouTube for inspiration.
The Harmonica stood out by a mile to me. Not sure why, but I guess it may have found me rather than me finding it.
I also found JP on the net and found his enthusiasm and love of his chosen instrument unmatched. I ordered his DVD set. It arrived in double quick time, and now I have absolutely no excuses for not knowing what to practice. ;D
I purchased the Hohner Special 20 in C as suggested by many as a good harp to begin with.
So I set about trying the DVD ‘Getting Campfire Ready 1’ Shock, horror… I found that I couldn’t even hold the blow note for more than 2 seconds, never mind the 3 that JP was asking me to do :o
All of the problems with the 2 hole draw I’d read about were real… mine sounded like I’d just deflated the cat by reversing over him !
So I checked out the breathing exercises JP shows (I’m a slight asthmatic and slightly overweight to boot) and tried them over the next week, whenever I thought of it. Breathing in from my diaphragm through my nose and out slowly through my mouth - from the belly, not the chest.
Now a few days later, i can keep up with the timing without running out of breath.
So just in this short time I can see that if I really practice regularly I’ll get the results. Heres hoping that this is an instrument that I will be able to enjoy for a very long time.
I hope I can count on you all for advice and then in time I’ll be able to help out others also.