I’m FlyboyTR from Mobile, Alabama (USA) (also known as LA, Lower Alabama).
I play piano/keyboard, guitar and have spent time with a number of other instruments over the years. Last month we landed our plane at a small Private airport to refuel. Another plane landed and when the pilot walked to the office the airport owner asked him if he brought his instrument. “Yep!” He stepped out to his plane and to my surprise walked in empty handed…with the question…”We gonna’ play?” The owner pulled out a guitar and the pilot pulled a harmonica out of his pocket. …we just stood there sort of puzzled.
My wife and I listened as these two men softly and gently played through a melody of different tunes. It sort of stirred something in me. I grew up around family members that played harmonicas…although everyone on my Mom’s side of the family played something! …everything from rub-boards, pie pans, pianos, guitars, banjos, fiddles, horns, woodwinds, juice harp, harmonicas, etc. …I even remember someone playing a kazoo and a comb! :o Amazing as this was…everything was always great and the level of music and song…top notch! Our family reunions were all centered around music (mainly gospel)…and it was good! We would sing and play until the wee hours of the morning during our annual reunions. …I do miss those times!
Sorry for the long family history… Anyway, after talking with the harmonica playing pilot and his comments about entertaining himself and his family on long trips in their plane…I got to thinking… Well…I could do that! …nothing better than cheap entertainment while traveling! …and it would fit into my pocket!
I purchased a Hohner Bluesband and started messing around with it. It only took me a few minutes to realize that this was going to be MUCH harder than I thought. ??? I have watched all the freebie lessons that JB Allen offers as well as many of the intro lessons on YouTube by other folks.
After 2 weeks I can now play a few simple single note songs (simple like Kumbaya, Michael Row Your Boat, etc) I am getting better at the single note and trying to do it without using my tongue. However…I think I have exhausted the freebie lessons that are useful (to me). Also…I have realized that I needed a better harp (after a lot of reading and research) and I have ordered a Hohner Special 20. I am hoping that it will be easier to play and sound better as well! …Will I be surprised?
I am considering ordering JP’s complete instructional DVD program. While $200 is not going to break the bank…I am still on the fence as to whether or not it will actually carry me to where I want to go! My goal is to be able to play comfortably and it feel natural… To this point…I haven’t found anything natural, or easy about the harmonica! :-\ Any thoughts/input would be appreciated.
I have enjoyed reading through the Forum. Sounds like a great group of folks…and I’m glad I found this place. Thanks!