Well, maybe some day I will live up to my self-appointed harmonica nickname. hehe! Thought I would say hi and introduce myself.
My husband has been learning guitar, so I bought a cheap harmonica more as a joke to say I can accompany him. But then I got interested in actually learning. Turns out I bought the wrong kind of harmonica–tremolo, I think. So I got myself a Hohner Old Standby, some books, some videos, and went to work for my New Year’s resolution.
I was finding that after 30-45 minutes of practice every day, I was getting real tense and exhausted. I wanted to keep practicing, but I knew that it would not be productive to keep going. About a week ago I found JP’s site and saw one of his videos where it talked about how other teachers teach the pucker method all wrong (with tension instead of relaxation) and I knew that’s what was the root of my problem!
I ended up buying the “Happy Harpin’” series 5 days ago and went back to basics with it. It has made learning so much more fun and I no longer have that tense feeling after practicing. I breezed through the first 30 or so lessons in a weekend, but now I am slowing down some trying to get those single notes perfected.
Last night I watched JP’s lesson where he talks about how so many people think their harmonica is broken when they try the 2 and 3 draw and I was LOL’ing because I was sure mine was, too!
Convinced my Old Standby was broken, I had already ordered a Golden Melody, which I just received yesterday. I really like those rounded ends for my small, fat hands. I guess I am addicted now, because I have a Special 20 and a set of 4 Johnson Blues Kings on the way, too. The Blues Kings were an eBay deal I couldn’t pass up–under $15 for 4 harps (keys A C D G). I thought it would be a cheap way to play around with different keys. I guess I am going to need a case soon!
So there is my story. In “my day job” I am the head writer for graphicssoft.about.com, a website about graphics software with reviews and tutorials. I’m looking forward to learning from you all!
PS: If anyone here is a guitar player and can recommend some guitar lessons along the same style as JP’s harmonica lessons, I will pass them on to my hubby!