Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
I live in Salome. We are 60 miles West of Wickenburg on Hwy 60. They hold a fiddlers Jam 3 times a year just down the road from us. Their first one is/was this weekend. There are about 30 RV’s parked in an empty lot across the street from the Lions Club where they hold it. You could probably bet money that I’d find someone there that knows harmonica but I am too shy to go up to strangers and ask for help. http://www.azoutback.com/fiddling.htm
There will be 2 more , in January and April.
I went to Amazon to look up my buying history and it says I paid $25. for the Harmonica but on my debt card they only charged me $9.99 so maybe I had some discount I didn’t know about. I’ll have to see if I can find the invoice. Sorry bout that you guys- to get your hopes up :
Now I put the Hohner Special 20 Major Diatonic Harmonica on my “wish list”. ($31.99) What key do I want that in? C? It will be awhile till I can get it. First I want to save for the pair of “Getting ready for the Campfire CD’s” ?? I can’t find the page to get the correct name. They are like $29.00 or $39. I don’t remember where I seen them and cant find them now.
Yes I have signed up for the e-mail lessons and there are other free lessons on another site as well. And I have found other harmonica hobbyists that make their own you tube how to clips. I dig for all the free internet information I can find. I also saved many song tabs and printed them to study. I also got a beginners book on Amazon which after studying so much on the internet before it came in the mail most of the instruction is just review. There are songs in it as well. I do want to learn notes though and not have to only rely on the #'s and arrows but I do like them the best to practice and memorize songs. I practice at least an hour a day and don’t even have to push myself to do it. I am driven to learn some songs by heart to be able to play during our trail rides.
I enjoy making videos out of our rides.( I combine my Equine and photography passions that way) I also keep a ride Journal on Blogger.com. http://az-equine-trailridingjournal.blogspot.com/
Here is another video I made from a ride we did a year ago. The song is one provided from You Tube but I haven’t been able to find the name of the song or the artist. I really enjoy listening to it…
11 1 09 Verde River Ride
Oh and I made this one for “Longrider” Bernice Ende-
Bernice Ende - 3000 Mile Long Ride
She came through Salome 2 years ago and she stayed one night at our home. The next 2 days as she headed towards Phoenix I drove water and food out to her and made several video clips of her going down the road. I originally put “Free and Easy” with the video I peaced together but you know You tube-- Had to change the audio track. Sadly, earlier this year the horse she was riding broke her leg in a freak accident and had to be put down. Bernice almost threw in the towel on her 7000 ride but someone donated her a replacement horse so she continued with her ride. I still keep updated with her ride and keep in touch with her. I have met 4 equestrian Long Riders within 5 years as their routes came through Salome and I stay in touch with all of them. We get hundreds of bicyclists through here too. I only host the equestrian travelers though. I hope to do my own long ride someday but I think I have already gotten too far off topic so I won’t get into that right now
I will be going on a trail ride Saturday, next weekend with a couple friends and hope to have at least 2 songs memorized. I can do Shenandoah all the way through without looking at the tabs but I still slip up a lot. I hope to have it down by next weekend. I made a couple videos and showed them to my son’s girlfriend and got encouragement. She suggested I teach my Grand kids.
I do have one question for you people. What is the best way to clean a harmonica? Is it safe to run hot soapy water through it than use a blow-dryer to dry it? Would that work or is there a better way?
Thanks again for the warm welcome and I will visit here often to learn.