Hello everyone, This is the 2nd michigan winter (maybe even the 3rd) that I am cooped up in the house trying to decide if the harmonica is right for me. I really need some advice, let me give you more background info so you can help me with my decision. I am now 50+ years old, when I was 13 years old I failed miserable in band, now part of that is it was forced upon us & being a sports type I thought music / band was for those who couldn’t make the football team (yes I was young & dumb & times were different 38 years ago) with that said I was clueless on how to apply musical notes to the recorder type instrument we were learning on. (I affectionately called it a gazoo which didn’t help my status in the class) :
Now fast forward 38 years I think the harmonica is pretty cool, I have rounded off a lot in the years & like aerosmith honking on bobo, I have become more involved in the church & activities. My hobbies are mostly summer based & are outdoor things like gardening, hiking, biking & it gets pretty boring being a single guy in the house. I mention that as I have tons of free time in the winter, come home from work & sit in front of the tv. I have no distractions, nor would I be distracting others.
Ultimately I think it would be awesome to be able to play harmonica around my many summer bonfire get togethers. Sometimes it would be cool to play a few outdoorsy country type songs (heck even home on the range ! ) sometimes at the church youth gatherings it would be cool to play a little gospel stuff, & my roots are with good ole rock & roll, Aerosmith music could summarize what I like quite well my tastes there.
The harmonica would be easy to slip in my pocket on my camping trips, Im not going onstage, would only be playing for 6 to 12 people around the campfire.
Some of the things that scare me the most is I do not have a musical ear, I just don’t see how I could listen to something & replay it back (I might be wrong, but I doubt it) I get the concept of a harmonica & the fact that it don’t use musical notes & uses numbers makes me think I can handle it but I am not sure. $250 for JP’s lessons is a lot of money for me, that is not pocket change. But if I could play afterwards I would be very happy with the investment.
With all that said I’m just looking for advice to weigh out the plusses & minuses of diving in.