First off hello everyone!
My Name is Don, everyone just calls me Dew or Dewy though - so please do
I just wanted to thanks JP for his nice lessons from Happy Harpin’. I know they have helped get me off the ground.
I’m 36 years old and out of the clear blue I decided, “Hey, I want to do this!” So I started. On Dec. 06, 2013 I received a Hohner Special 20, a Bluesband, and my DVD set, Happy Harpin’.
As of today Jan. 05, 2014 I have completely finished Happy Harpin’. I took tons of notes and have done super well with clear single notes. I’ve even done well with VERY BASIC bending practice. I can’t bend everything, but I’m happy with my progress. I even have a pitch program on my computer to watch as I bend so I can work on my muscle memory to make it perfect more quickly as I get better.
So thank you, thank you, thank you, for all the beginner help.
I also have some remarks. And firstly, I mean no disrespect to JP or anyone here, so PLEASE take as an IN MY OPINION Review. And there is no malice here, I surely appreciate all I’ve learned and watched!
While I was working with Happy Harpin’ I kind of ended on the feeling that I was more of a fifth wheel in my practice sessions. I know JP’s intention is to have fun while learning, but since this is a video and not a live course, I truly felt having a second student present in the video really detracted from and distracted me. Since we all learn at different paces having someone present that may or may not be on the same level as myself (Or anyone that purchased it) really throws the balance off.
At the end, I felt kind of lost at sea. Yes, I learned a ton of basic technics, but where do I really go? I must admit I’m one of those people that needs a little steering. I can review Happy Harpin’ again, but I feel that I understand it plenty fine. It will take time to perfect these technics, but my comfort level - I feel, is very good.
Since the lesson names (some of them) are not terribly uniform I’d have to kind of paw through some to restudy any specific technics I may have short comings on, but I should be fine.
OK, enough negative sounding. JP, Happy Harpin’, overall, was a fantastic starter tool. It has pro’s and con’s, but your energy and your obvious love for the Harp is catchy my friend and it doesn’t feel like a “Ho hum, yet another exercise video” thing.
But where now? I ordered the Blues set with all the bonus DVD’s, but is this the logical next step in a beginners progression? Am I missing something? I feel a bit empty in a way after going through Happy Harpin’. I want more, is what I mean to say, and I’ve seen hundreds of videos and lessons and teachers online. My progression is starting to becoming a bit confusing. Which way next? I’m not afraid to try anything and fail, I will try until I don’t fail.
Any advice would be awesome!
Again, thank you JP for your fun lessons
Thank you to the folks in the forums. I’ve learned a bit by lurking about here and trying a few things.
Peace and Happy New Year!