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Hello from the Pacific Northwest. 2 years 3 months ago #486

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Hi,
My name is Allison, i live in portland oregon, and i love the sound of harmonicas!

Not really sure what to put in here, never am. I have been actively playing harmonica for five years now, still feel like an absolute beginner, didn't learn to blow bend till about a month ago. I found this site with a quick google search and liked what i saw so i decided to join, i feel like being a member of a community such as this will allow me to grow more with my instrument. Currently i have a Hohner Special 20 in C, and i have a cheap Hohner BluesBand in G on its way, I started with a really poor set of Piedmont Blues, plastic faceplates, terrible sound, i was surprised to learn the reeds weren't plastic giggles. anyway after suffering with those for a little over a year i bought my Hohner Special 20, which is now been daily played for about four years and is in need of some help.
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Hello from the Pacific Northwest. 2 years 3 months ago #502

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Hi Alaraine, and welcome to the club. I feel like a beginner sometimes myself too.
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Hello from the Pacific Northwest. 2 years 3 months ago #506

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Hi Allison, welcome to HC. Sometimes I also not being satisfied with my playing. Though I have been playing diatonic since my school life, still I do not know bending and many other techniques of diatonic and it is true I am a beginner(4/5 months) in chromatic. Feel like beginner will motivate you for better playing. Stick on harmonica, but must be curious everything about harmonica and other musical instrument.....Swapan
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Hello from the Pacific Northwest. 2 years 3 months ago #507

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Hi Allison, above all don't get discouraged,I have been playing on and off for 64 years with a break of 54 years and when I hear some players I too feel like a beginner. Just listen to other players and use your own judgement as to how you want to play.I am a dedicated Chromatic player by the way. I know it is boring,but keep practicing your scales when you can and sing the words of your song in your head as you are playing. Try one line at a time until you have got it right.Keep puffing.Eric33
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Hello from the Pacific Northwest. 2 years 3 months ago #508

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I Feel like i am making progress at a satisfactory rate, i may post some recordings later on, few weeks or something' not sure. I Love the harmonica always have. There was a period where i got pretty discouraged because i felt like i couldn't learn to bend notes it took ages of practice and reading and watching videos it's not something' that can be easily explained and understood its just something one has to kinda well... figure out. Past that now and my bending is getting more accurate by the day i am practicing at least an hour a day and a good ten to twenty minutes of that is just bending random notes, giggles. I remember the tip that made it click for me was it being described similar to whistling on an inhale through the holes. As to my personal playing style i play mostly blues, hence why i tried so hard to learn to bend accurately. I also do a little folk and children's music, the first songs i learned to play are "On top of old smokey" and "Song of Time" From 'Zelda Ocarina of Time', for those who don't know it's a video game from the late 90's. i did have old smokey memorized but i forgot parts of it since i have moved on to more complicated pieces. Still havn't got the hang of "Boogie Woogie Blues" giggles.

As to my curiosity about the instrument, i love it and every new subtle technique or method or influence is a new challenge to learn a new goal to achieve, thats one of the things that drew me to the instrument, it's a life long journey, I do plan to also learn guitar i have my wife's guitar that she played back in middle school, bit small its a 3/4 size but i will make due with it until i can afford to buy a full size.

I don't really remember what initially attracted me to it when i was five or six but i remember hearing harmonica on the tv in my late teen years and going "OH yeah that's what it was!" And i went out and bought a set that same day. anyway a bit more of my story in regards to my music.
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