I actually uploaded this video to YouTube back in December 2015 shortly after I recorded it. Basically, it’s me jamming along to a BadAss Harmonica jam track in the key of G (so I’m on a C harmonica … a Hohner Marine Band, to be specific). I’m still a little shy about playing in public,… Read More ›
“You’ve got to want to do it.” It’s a phrase that has come out several times during harmonica lessons with Carlos del Junco. It’s not just about talent, practice and understanding the techniques of playing. It’s about the internal desire to do something. Willfulness, really. I suppose that goes with anything. There’s that old adage about needing… Read More ›
It seems I only have two levels of motivation. There’s “fuck it” and “let’s do all the things!” Since Christmas, the switch has been way to the overly positive side. I’m smart enough to recognize my motivation levels increased significantly right after I limited my drinking to only a few get-togethers and began a daily exercise regimen. My productivity hit an all-time… Read More ›
The reason I stopped taking guitar lessons as a teenager is simple. My practice schedule wasn’t just poor; it was non-existent. And when your parents are paying good money for your lessons, there comes a time when they feel they’re just pouring cash down the proverbial drain. As a harmonica player, my practice schedule runs the… Read More ›
It has been awhile since I shared an interesting music find. Here’s one that came to my attention thanks to the SPAH harp-l mailing list. Check out the playing on this one:
That’s it. We’re now into the downslide of this decade, heading screaming toward 2020. No brakes. No helmet. And certainly no idea as to what’s coming a little further down the hill. But hey, with predictions articles all the rage the last month (I got my first technology predictions pitch right after U.S. Thanksgiving), I’ll join in… Read More ›
We’re now a few days into 2016 and I’ve already managed to shift my brain into writing the correct year on my cheques. I’m going to take that as a sign of good things to come for this year. If I had one wish to make for 2016, though, it would be that it is a hell… Read More ›
Frankly, if you’ve never heard Carlos del Junco’s version of Mojo, then … well, just watch the video below. I first heard this a year ago, and it’s one of my favourite versions of the song.
Dig Jon Gindick wailin’ away on this tune.
Not that I’ve ever actually wanted to be a professional musician, but I’ve always wanted to learn to play an instrument. When I was a kid, I took guitar lessons for three years. I didn’t practice enough. Today, I own three guitars (two in storage in Pickering; one up here). I can play a few… Read More ›