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Enforcing good habits in harmonica practice

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 ›

That’s some Monster harp playing right there

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:

The first time you pick up a musical instrument, there’s a kind of magic

The first time I picked up a guitar, I was 12 years old. My parents had finally given in to my requests to take lessons, and they took me to the local musical instrument store-slash-school to rent an acoustic guitar. The first time anyone with an interest in music picks up an instrument can be… Read More ›

My 2016: A year in preview

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 ›

My 2015: A year in review

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 ›


Just because…

Do you got your mojo workin’?

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.

A great cover of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good

Dig Jon Gindick wailin’ away on this tune.

The Music Vaults #2

Musicians recording and releasing cover tunes is nothing new. Neither is taking pop/rock/metal/whatever tunes and spinning them into another genre. Hell, Richard Cheese has made an entire career out of making every genre sound like lounge music (some might say “bad lounge music”). But then there are guys like Scott Bradlee who bring a certain… Read More ›

In which I begin the silliness of posting videos of myself playing musical instruments … poorly

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 ›