Why did you pick up the harmonica? My very long story of why

Dankeschön und ebenso @DitchParrot. :grin:
Dann geht es dir mit der Deutschen Sprache so wie mir mit Englisch.
Aber dank dem Kurs mit Luke lerne ich nicht nur Harmonika spielen, sondern hole mein Englisch aus den dunkelsten Ecken meines :brain:.
Das funktioniert sogar! Ok, Englisch ist einfacher als Deutsch, die Grammatik.
Aber wie du siehst, kann man hier überall hin kommunizieren, herrlich.

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Oh my gosh that was one of my FAVORITE movies when I was in high school, LOL. CLASSIC!!!

I’m so glad you are doing it now! Hope you love the course.

Rock on,
Luke

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Hey, @DitchParrot that’s all you need – at least for ordering drinks!!! :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes: :ok_hand:

Welcome to the forum and happy harpin’,
– Slim

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Yeah, maybe the acting wasn’t stellar, but the music dang sure was! It also featured the magical guitar-playing of a still fairly young Steve Vai. I’m sure you knew this, Luke – Vai played all of Macchio’s parts as well as his own in the “head-cutting duel.” I’m sure they had ol’ Ralphie Boy practice as much as he could leading up to the filming, but there’s no way he could’ve gotten to that level.

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I showed that movie to my wife a few years ago as she had never seen it or heard of it before, and she loved it too!

Yeah my good friend in high school named Gretchen Menn - she went on to become a great guitar player, she fronts an all girl Led Zeppelin cover band called Zeperella among other things - anyway her dad was an editor at Guitar Player magazine and he was the one who got movie producers to hire Steve Vai to play the devil’s guitar player.

BTW - when you see Ralph Maccio’s hands playing guitar in that movie, you’re actually seeing the hands of the great slide guitar master Ry Cooder!

Rock on,
Luke

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Ry Cooder was instramental in creating the video ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. An iconic video on Cuban music. An incredible story that’s a must watch. Do yourself a favour and search it out.
Robert
London, :canada:

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Like many others I always said I wanted to learn. Last year I told my kids (all older now) that I was going to learn over the holidays. Funny now that I have been practicing for nearly a year.

Kids and all are surprised at the progress. I am so glad I started playing. Very good stress relief.

-EH

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That’s awesome @Eric! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your progress. Keep on rocking man!

Aloha,
Luke

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When I was in high school I was a tuba player and loved it! It was really the only thing that kept me in school. For years I’ve been wanting to play a instrument again but the tuba was a no go [ they’re very expensive lol ]. Then one day between patients me and my partner were listening to the radio and “The Hook” by Blues Traveler came on. I got to thinking that John Popper was phenomenal, me and my partner were joking saying I should learn to play and on a whim I bought my first harp. I’m glad I did as I’m loving every second of it.

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NIIIIIICE! LOVE that story. I’ve been a big Blues Traveler fan since I first heard them in the 90’s. So glad that you’re back into the magical musical world again.

Rock on,
Luke

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Although I played harmonica (a very cheap one) when I was a kid I didn’t play for years until deciding to pick it up again a year ago. I first decided to re-learn guitar as a retirement project for various reasons, but then added keyboards/synths, electronic wind instruments, drum pads and harmonica to the mix. So I’m now trying to play a number of instruments but none of them very well! Anyway I get a lot of fun out of it. As I have dexterity issues with my ageing hands and fingers, I find playing harmonica and EWIs a little easier than guitar - apart from occasional shortness of breath. My only issue is I can only play when no one else is around - a confidence thing :slightly_smiling_face:

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