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Niki
Newbie

Jun-2005
1 Posts.
 Just Starting
Jun-22-05 6:41pm  

Hi there!

Let me start right off and let you know that I am a woman who is interested in learning to play harmonica.

I just placed an order for a "Lee Oskar" Major Diatonic Harmonica in the key of "C". Why you may ask?

I have always wanted to learn to play the harp. My favorite style of music is the blues. I have no formal musical training, although I did take piano lessons as a kid, so I can fake reading notes. I am married to a musician (producer and keyboardist), have two teenage sons in school bands, and a daughter who has already started wanting to play the keyboard. I feel left out!!!

I have been associated with musicians my entire life. Both my brothers play guitar. My sister was a professional dancer. My first husband was a drummer. So why has it taken me this long??? Don't ask me, I just know that at this point it is an overwhelming desire to learn.

I found this site today, after I had already placed my order, so I am hoping that my choice was a good one. I would like some advice on that.

I have some harmonica lessons books on order at my library that should be in on Friday.

Here is my dilemna ... you just don't see alot of women playing harmonica. Why is that you think? Wondering if there are any women who frequent this forum?

Anyhoo, hope you all will allow me to become part of the "club"!

Niki

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ELMO
Gladiator


Jul-2004
176 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-22-05 7:03pm  [ re: Niki ]

Howdy Niki,
There are a few girls in the club. And I have known some really good women harp players. So get after it. You can be as good as any James cotton or Junior Wells. If it's blues you love. go for it.
And welcome to the club. We'd love to have ya.
You can learn a lot here.
elmo

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touchdown84
Friend

Jun-2005
59 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-22-05 9:17pm  [ re: ELMO ]

Hey, i'm pretty new to the club too but don't worry, everyone here is very welcoming and freindly. As far as the harp you got, it is a perfectly fine harp to start with, so just work at it and i dont think you will have any problems.

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bear
Gladiator


Aug-2004
738 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-22-05 9:20pm  [ re: Niki ]

Niki, you came to the right place girl. We have members from all over the world, and yes, even some "Ladies" are members. Although I dont feel there are near enough ladies playing the harp, often wondered why myself. Because the ones I know of are really good harp players. As a matter of fact I know of two that I really envy their talents. I mean these girls are really fantastic.

Anyway sweety dont let your lack of musical talents hold you back from trying to learn or asking questions. I for one am a good example of that. You see I to come from a musical family. My cousin is Bob Seager, and my kid brother who has never had a musical lesson in his life can play any and I meam any musical instrument you hand him. Like you I dont read music, as a mater of fact I tried to take lessons as a kid (around 12 years old, and again around 16), but when the instructor was finished laughing they told me to foreget it because I was tone deaf. I have tried to teach myself to play the harmonica from reading different books and listening to others play. And it helped some, but the best help I have gotten is right here at the club.

Niki, you will find a lot of really nice people here. All willing to help you out. So don't be shy or afraid to ask questions. Any short commings you may have (if any at all) will be over looked, like me for instance. I'm the worlds worst speller, and my mouth tends to get the other end in trouble from time to time because I ask a lot of simple questions sometimes several times before it sinks in. And everybody just accepts it as me. Although there are some of us (me including) that like to joke around a bit. Just is fun mind you but we still do it. So being a girl harp player you may hear some jokes about it.....

With all that said Niki, welcome to the club. Your welcome to hang around as a free member all you want to. But can I suggest joining as a paid member? You gat a lot of extra perks as a paid member that will really help you out in learning to play the harp. Trust me its well worth the few cents it costs. No I dont get a commission. Just a ferm believer in the club and its benifits.

Egads, look at this post, guess I better shut up for now.......the bear said that

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dave_oz
Member


Sept-2004
44 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-23-05 12:50am  [ re: bear ]

G'day Niki,
Welcome.

There are more female harmonica players around than you think, one of my favorites is part of a band called the Waifs. Great music, and Vikki plays the harp. the Waifs

Again welcome, and good on you!!!

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touchdown84
Friend

Jun-2005
59 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-23-05 2:31am  [ re: bear ]

Hey again, i apologize in advance for this because it is off the subject of the post but...bear, your cousin is Bob Seager, that is amazing, i have some of his songs on my computer and i'm listening to them right now. man thats cool. once again, sorry, i just had to say it lol.

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Markp
Busy Friend


Nov-2004
83 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-23-05 6:20pm  [ re: touchdown84 ]

Hi Niky,

Everyone seems to have avoided answering your question regarding the Lee Oskar (LO) harmonicas so I thought I would give you an answer.

The LO is a very good harmonica which is used by some very good harp players. My very first harp was an LO in "C". I could not get on with it at all and found it very hard to play right out of the box. In fact I got so discouraged I sent it back and replaced it with a Suzuki Pro-master. I am sure I just had a duff harp and I am sure you will get on well with your LO.

The key to playing the harp is practice, practice, practice! so happy harpin.

Cheers

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Club Member: Mark

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pcguyiv
Busy Friend


May-2005
99 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-23-05 8:51pm  [ re: Niki ]

Greetings and Salutations!

As far as why you don't see many women harmonica players....I have no idea.

As far as is the Lee Oskar a good harp? Yes, it's just not my favorite, but is quite adequate for anyone from beginner to expert.

As far as joining the "club"...Well, if they'll let me in, they'll let anybody in.

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Club Member Frank

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jabawaki
Friend


May-2005
50 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jun-23-05 8:51pm  [ re: Niki ]

Harmonicas are a matter of opinion - Nissan vs. Toyota – particularly once you get past the low end stuff, they are a matter of preference.


The majority of the time I play a Lee Oskar and enjoy it . Others play Honer Special 20’s and really like them. Both are considered the ‘usual’ blues choice, but there are also others. I also play a Honer miesterclass that I really really like.

The most important thing is playing the one you like the best.

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Jay

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cruisinharp
Friend


Apr-2005
57 Posts.
 Re: Just Starting
Jul-03-05 3:21am  [ re: Niki ]

Niki, i learned totally from internet site lessons. and i am terrible about practicing. i'd probably be an excellent player by now if i had the discipline to practice. that said, i play in a band and my band mates seem to love it. hang around here and you'll pick up tons of good info.

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Shawn
code29band.com

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