Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Harmonica


is for Harmonica.








Playing the harmonica: item number 573 on the list of Things That Are Much Harder Than They Look.

And yet, every single time I pick one up, I'm convinced that I'm going to sound like Little Walters*.

* I googled "famous harmonica player".

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35 comments:

  1. bingo!! you'd think we'd all be able to play "yankee doodle" or some such ditty right away eh?
    you have never heard caterwauling (i just had to google that for the spelling) like a 3-5 year old on a harmonica...my goodness!

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  2. You hit the right note! I tried the harmonica a couple of times for fun, thinking it was easy. Whoa, not so fast. It's really hard to get it right, which I never did.

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  3. Harmonicas are super hard to play. My son had one when he was little and not only drove me nuts "playing" it, but he also cracked me up by always calling it a "harmarkeler".

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  4. You sounded great to me. But then again, I'm half deaf.
    Cute top!

    (And great post...once again!)

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  5. Hahhaah I know better. It looks way tricky to me. I have zero expectations for myself.

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  6. Best thing in the world to do with a harmonica?

    Give it to a 4yo nephew or grandchild as a gift. :D

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    1. Agreed! Noisy toys are always best when given to a child who doesn't live in your house.

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  7. I like the sound but I KNOW I can't play it so I wouldn't even pretend.

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  8. Sorry to say that I could bend notes and blow chords the moment I picked it up. But put me in the middle of Bath, Body, and Beyond and I show my noobish colors.

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  9. My kids get harmonicas every now and then.(dollar store) They usually 'disappear' after a week.

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  10. Aaaah you broke your harmonica.

    Here's my H

    http://creativeminds-tamirisc.blogspot.com/2012/04/h-is-for-hawaii-and.html#comments

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  11. I play harmonica (blues Harp, the easy option), Have played in public a few times in the past, but not for some time now. I play djembe more now because its noisy

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    1. Two very cool instruments! I want to be a musician, but I don't want to put in the time to learn an instrument.

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  12. It's true that the harmonica does look like it is much easier to play than it truly is. Heck, even Shakira plays the harmonica.

    At least, I think she does. For all I know she maybe got a harmonica-playing stunt double. :P

    -Barb the French Bean

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  13. That's funny! Do you ever watch the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson? He's always playing a harmonica!

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  14. I bet it would be a fairly easy instrument to learn how to play if you were to take a couple lessons.

    Sounds like a dare to me!

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    1. Unfortunately, dares don't really work with me. I wish they did. I'd get a lot more done.

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  15. I tried to play years back and failed miserably.

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  16. Funny, harmonicas are always broken when I try them too. :)

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  17. You're just a little confused. Everyone can play the Kazoo not the harmonica.

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  18. I love your blog. Great meeting you. You're write, the harmonica looks much simpler than it is.

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  19. Yeah, no harmonica playing genius here either. sigh...LOL
    ~Naila Moon

    http://yaknowstuff.blogspot.com/2012/04/h.html

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  20. Me too...not talented on the Harmonica! Thanks for reminding me ;-)

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  21. I can't tell you how many times as a kid I picked up a harmonica and really thought I had it mastered... only to eventually throw it as far as I could after about two minutes.

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  22. You should strive to reach Charlie Musselwhite skill level. I "play" the harmonica too. But not very well.

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  23. We toss them in our glove compartment for long trips. And we don't expect Billy Joel. ;)

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    1. But wait a minute...wouldn't a harmonica make a long trip even LONGER?

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  24. We go to storytime at the library every week. Sometimes the youngest librarian is there, and she gives my 5 yo something annoying to have while the older librarian is reading. One week, it was a harmonica. Except that it was the week the younger librarian was doing the reading. Now, I firmly believe the harmonica is more of an accent instrument than something that can carry a melody. Based on that definition, my girl was a virtuoso within 10 minutes...she would play a few notes every time a page was turned. I thought the younger librarian learned her lesson, but no - she still gives my girl annoying stuff when she has some.

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    1. Huh. The older librarian must LOVE the younger one. Ha!

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  25. I have been known to struggle with a kazoo, so obviously harmonicas are well beyond my skill set!

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  26. Ever tried the melodica? It's a bit more accessible and, in its upright position, you look like a snake charmer. How cool is that?

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    1. Very intriguing! Adding it to my list (of things I want but will probably never get).

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  27. Harmonicas are also kind of annoying to listen to....Matthew has one, and I mean, he thinks he is good at it, but... ugh.

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  28. Haha, it has always been a dream of mine to be able to play the harmonica!

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