Well, actually, I don’t practice after lunch. I practice instead of lunch! Maybe I’ll invent the “Harmonica Diet Plan”!
A little more about me: …I have toyed with the harmonica, on and off, since around 1982. My sister gave me a gift - a copy of John Gindick’s book (“Country and Blues Harmonica for the Musically Hopeless”), and a Hohner Pocket Pal. I still have the Pocket Pal. No idea what ever happened to the book or the tape. I learned ONE 4 note riff, and played it endlessly. It seemed as though, if I kept to the background, didn’t overdo things, and wailed on it a little - no one realized I had a “one riff repertoire”. Or at least, no one seemed to mind. And I stayed there, for almost 31 years. In a very limited way, the concept of “Cross Harp” blues and country backup kind of stayed with me. And just recently re-surfaced.
My harmonica collection (such as it is) is as follows:
Hohner Special 20 , (key of C) - My “Primary” harp - Acquired a few weeks ago
Hohner Marine Band 1896 (key of G) (This was a gift from my Grandmother, a long time ago. She passed away in 1973, so it’s older than that. Probably from the 60’s. Sadly, I never really played it…I still have the original cardboard box, and the little tissue paper “instruction folder” that came with it. It is still in nice shape, at least cosmetically)
Hohner Blues Band (key of C) - Came with the JP Lesson set. Virtually unused, since I bought the Special 20 about the same time.
Hohner Pocket Pal (key of C) - Came with the “Gindick” book. Circa 1982 - While I played it only occasionally (until a few months ago) I dragged it around everywhere (almost as if that might eventually cause me to develop talent. I’ll save everybody the time - It does not…). I never had a case for it…It’s plenty scratched up, but the fact that it works at all, at this point, stands as a tribute to its durability. It remains my “drag it everywhere harp”, until I get a decent belt case for the Special 20.
I’m told the next logical choice would be a “Special 20” (key of A)… But I’m open to suggestions. Mostly, I “back up” a couple of friends, (Guitar / banjo / other hap, etc) while we sit around and drink beer. We pretty much play for ourselves (and whoever else is sitting around drinking our beer) I guess Country / Blues is about right. At least, that’s where “my” interest is, at the moment.
And, truth be told, the neighbors think the dog’s howling is cute (he rarely ever makes any other noise)…But I suspect the novelty will wear off quickly!