Ok, here’s my story.
Dad was a Chromatic harp player and very good from what I’m told, played by ear.
He died when I was 6. I was always interested in his harps in the cedar chest that held his things but was NEVER allowed to touch his stuff but always knew I’d play it someday.
When high school came around I wanted to learn harmonica but was told by the teacher it wasn’t a band instrument and I had to pick something else. I learned tuba, trumpet,french horn and trumpet. I didn’t play well enough to be in the school band but I learned to read music and play a few basic songs.
I can’t remember how but I acquired Jon Gindick’s Harmonica for Musically hopeless but I figured that was for me! I bought the book with cassette and harp. learned to play single notes and a few basic songs and put it down. For several years I’d pickem up an play a little an put them down.
Now I’m commin up on 51 with a ruptured disc in both my neck and lower back. Been out of work almost 2 years because of it and have picked up harps to keep from going insane. I think Uncle Sam is waiting till I’m under the poor house to approve my disability. I had a piece of my hip put in place of the disc in my neck 3 weeks ago an figured I’d use the recovery time to practice but the neck brace and pain pills made that impossible. Almost back to normal with that surgery went well.
I play by tab and by ear only striaght harp,I can bend but not all and not with much control ( my challenge now), I want to learn improv and 2nd position (next challenge). Not lookin to be famous, jus wanna make others smile and tap their foot and maybe play a few hymns in church.
I 'm hoping when I get disability approved there will be enough to get JP’s lessons. I’m not holdin my breath as its been 2 years and their still stringing me along.
Well now u know me and my story. I’ll try to be shorter on my replies .
I would like to go ahead and thank all of you that take the time to share your knowledge and encouragement.