Hi, My name is Craig. I am 37.
I have had an interest in the harmonica since I was a kid, but every time I picked up a harmonica or got a book with a tape (remember those?) I would be fine on the double notes, but never could get the single-notes, due to the pucker-method or the tongue-ubend method (which I could never do, DNA or something like that!).
But, I did practice, much to the pained-pretend-approval from my parents and others. In fact, the only one that seemed to like my playing was my cat at the time. Every time I played a note, Smudge would run from whatever room he was in, and jump on my lap. Wow, I was the pied-piper of cats!! :o Thing is, no cat has ever done that since, so either Smudge loved my very strained music, or he thought jumping on my lap would change my focus! ???
So, a few years past, but my love of the harmonica sound was still there; Bob Dylan, Neil Young etc, although my favourite harmonica track is Hangman Jury by Aerosmith. I had picked up bass guitar by then, and was jamming with a band, but I still wanted to learn Harmonica, so I tried again. This time I bought a Lee Oskar harmonica, and another few books, and started to look on the internet. But, again the methods I was being shown didn’t help me with single notes, blowing, or actually learning how to express the harmonica.
I came across JP’s site a few days ago, and was amazed at some of the beginners videos, particularly when JP got a member of the public to just pick up a harmonica and play. So, I watched a few more videos, and my hand reached for my harmonica, which had been sitting quietly beckoning on my desk for a couple of years, and played along and loved this completely fresh approach, especially the deep relaxed mouth position. So, a couple of days ago, I bought the online-course (should have DVDs and cd’s soon), and have been playing along with it pretty much non-stop, especially with the 5 phrases. Although not constantly, I can now do single-notes (still struggle on 2 and 3), and have bent on 1 and 4 (2 and 3 still sound like a kettle boiling, so will keep on practicing!) But, it is great to see step-by-step improvements, and actually understand where I was going wrong beforehand, and having these moments where something that I have never understood suddenly clicks in place. I have no idea how JP can do that harmonica drum-stick so fast. Even without the harmonica, it is like the mother of tongue-twisters - heh! But I guess speed will come eventually, just practice, practice then practice some more!
Anyhow, been looking through the forum over the last few days, so basically just saying hi from across the pond!
Loving it so far!