How’s it going everyone. I’m new to the board and looking forward to learning some different ways and things from everybody on here. I’ve been playing for a few years with no training and I know I still have difficulties and don’t understand all about playing. I am actually a C-5 C6 quadriplegic and sometimes I have trouble even holding the Harmonica the correct way. Started slow actually first song I learned was you don’t know how it feels by Tom Petty and now I have started playing songs that don’t even contain harmonica such as dead or alive by Bon Jovi and I had a request for heard it in a love song the other day which doesn’t have a harmonica but I had to replace the flute lol. Anyways look forward to chatting with some of you guys about different ways of playing the harmonica
welcome to the “club” of harmonica jecken.
And I say hello to you as just a paraplegic and as a bonus with upper body muscle weakness. I’ve been learning and playing on hiatus since September 2021. But it works, also as a very good training for our muscles and breathing.
Perhaps a holder for the harmonica would be better for you. Whether a typical one makes sense for you, I can’t judge. But there are many special brackets directly on the wheelchair, especially for quadriplegics?
I have limited right hand function and at first I thought it wasn’t working. But now I’ve figured it out and it works.
For today I send you best regards and think your username is program.
Welcome to the forum!
It sounds like you’re doing some interesting stuff, and not limiting yourself to the ‘traditional role’ of a harmonica player, very inspiring!
Who are you writing to, all of us?
Lol, I know it’s clear enough in this instance, but point taken @AstridHandbikebee63 !
@Dave_Dunn, Is a new hobby of yours…
Welcome! We have something in common in the disability category as I’m limited also. Might be a trope but as a noob, knowing you have been playing for awhile gives me a bit of confidence and hope to hear your advice.
I assume that you (also) mean me.
Please mark the people with @ and the name given here. If you click on the Reply button and enter @ in the field here, a list will appear above the field, which usually already contains the person you want to reply to. Just click on it and continue writing as usual.
If I can support you, I’d be happy to. But the number one rule is to have even more patience. But that’s like everyday life. Don’t build pressure and of course we have our limits and if you’ve really tried and it doesn’t work, don’t build frustration.
Through our exchange here, there may be an idea to find THE possibility. Every illness or disability is individual, which should not be forgotten.
Have fun and I’m here !
Greetings from Astrid
@AstridHandbikebee63 OOPS! Thanks for letting me know
Yes, whenever you use the @ symbol with the intended person’s “handle” ( forum name) it also lets that person know (when they sign-in to the forum) that someone has mentioned them in one way or another (as you have now probably noticed).
Thanks (in advance) for using that feature in the future.
@RollyJoe , it’s not immediately apparent that you have to, as when you’re typing your reply, it shows who you’re replying to
but that doesn’t show once you hit reply. I haven’t been tagging people, thinking it’s usually pretty apparent who I’m replying to, and my comments usually don’t warrant a notification. @AstridHandbikebee63 pulled me up on it for the first time, in an earlier comment on this thread, so the timing was right to tell you too!
To be honest, I hadn’t even tried it, because on a lot of forums, it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Surprisingly easy here!
I’m all and just want to play (harp).
Yes @AstridHandbikebee63 , I’ve always assumed you look something like this…
… only playing the harmonica!
the same, only with a wheelchair. OK, almost! But you know the good girls go to heaven, the bad girls go everywhere.
Welcome @smyliestyle - love your username, btw. So happy to have you here. You Don’t Know How It Feels is such a great tune. You might dig this post, if you haven’t seen it already:
See you around the forum. Thanks for joining us.