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Spring Global Blues Harmonica Summit and structuring practice sessions

Attending any educational workshop is truly inspiring. Unfortunately, that inspiration isn’t always long-term. I’m fairly bad for getting quite inspired by attending harmonica workshops, as a good example, and then getting into a short-lived pattern of practice. I’ve attended two separate years of the Shared Harvest Harmonica Retreat in Dunnville, Ontario and (as of today) two Global Blues Harmonica Summits… Read More ›

Fall Global Blues Harmonica Summit

So I missed the first Global Blues Harmonica Summit, which happened back in August. It was my father’s birthday and he was in town, so attending an all-day online harmonica workshop wouldn’t have been the best choice to make (y’know, unless my goal was to piss off the family). Back about a month or so ago, I bought… Read More ›

Thirteen months (and then some)

A little more than 13 months ago, I switched careers. About a week or two back, I would have celebrated a year since my last freelance writing assignment was submitted. Since then, I have written very little. My blog has been dead quiet. I haven’t pounded out an article, conducted an interview or even tried my hand… Read More ›

Messin’ around with the Merlin M4

A little jam practice on a December day

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 ›

The only Apple product I’ll ever own will be missed … but not yet

A couple of weeks ago, I thought my long-suffering iPod Classic was finally gone. It accompanied me to a local trade show, and after packing up, it seemed like my little MP3 player had been lost. Such was not the case, thankfully. I’ve had my iPod Classic for at least eight years. It doesn’t hold a charge like it used… Read More ›

“You’ve got to want to do it”

“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 ›

Motivation and its ebbs and flows

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 ›

Why I failed at guitar lessons as a teenager

I know what you’re thinking. I failed at guitar lessons because I was a teenager — and teenagers frequently can’t commit to something. And although there’s probably some truth to that, it goes a bit deeper and really comes down to my expectations, which can best be summed up at “utterly ridiculous.” My first year of guitar… Read More ›