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Noah Lewis, the Cure for the Winter Blues

There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to listen to a lot of Jug Band music. Something to do with the dark nights and over-abundance of forced jollity and crass sentimentality I guess. Or maybe I’m just a grinch. In any case the desire to get warm, pour a large liquor,… Continue reading Noah Lewis, the Cure for the Winter Blues

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Expectation Management!

“Man, this is harder than I thought,” is the inevitable reaction from new players after a few weeks. Yup, I nod. But it’s cool, and look what you’ve already achieved.

Harmonica is challenging. All musical instruments are. And intrinsically understanding and feeling the music in your bones then channeling it through your instrument is more challenging still.

It’s trite but true: It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.

You’ll never be the player you want to be. You’ll never know it all. But every time you pick up your harp you are developing, learning, living in a moment when you are making something from nothing.

And no matter how far on the journey you are, you’re making music. To my mind that’s a pretty awesome thing to be doing.

I’ve watched this video dozens of times over the years and it always entertains and inspires. 

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Suck it and See – Harmonica on BBC Radio

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2016, this is a cute little show about the harmonica. Obviously it’s aimed at a general audience rather than the hardcore harp nerd I’m sure you are, but it should be of interest to new players as well. There’s some good history stuff and contributions from Joe Filisko and David Barrett.

It’s available on BBC iPlayer for the time being at least. If you can’t access it from where you are let me know and I’ll get you an mp3 copy (shhh, don’t tell anyone).