I’ve played the harmonica, off and on, for many years. Because of daily and family responsibilities, I would go years sometimes without even picking it up. I’m sure I would have been a better harp player if I had stayed committed to it. Like most things in life, I tried playing it(the harp) “my way”, probably to my detriment. I quit long ago trying to play other people’s music. I stopped mainly for two reasons: (one) I wasn’t good at it. (two)I tried creating my own compositions. I haven’t been good at that, either. No one has ever said that they liked any of my music. So, it’s safe to assume that it stinks! But, that’s okay. I still enjoy making it and playing it. It gives me a sense of worth, albeit, about “two cents worth.” It’s my contribution to the harmonica world.
I guess what I’m trying to say is: Enjoying our music is paramount! Regardless of how we create it. Very few of us will ever become famous or even professional on the harp. But, that shouldn’t deter us from trying our best and giving “our all” to our music. That’s as much a part of “technique” as how we play. Why we play is just as important!