Short Stories

Harmonica visitors submit fiction or non-fiction short stories based on experiences that involve the harmonica or harmonica playing. If you would like to have a short story included in our collection, please note the procedures for submission in the bullet points on the Short Stories main page.

"Playing on the fly!"

Wow folks, have I been busy after I wrote about playing on the street; I played again with just the bass and lead guitar player of the band. We played in a Thousand Oaks real high dollar place and I got paid 50 bucks plus tips- I did not mind that one bit!

I saw one thing that I never seen before. This big guy drops five in the tip jar and picks it up and away he goes! I was playing my train song and almost stopped! After the song I said hey that guy took the tip jar! the other guys said take it easy, he is taking it around for us and it came back full. Frank the bass player told me they do that when they like a song; so your train song really got them they liked it and that is how they show how much they like it! Folks, what I'm saying is you never know when you're going to be asked to play, and it could turn out to be better then you ever thought it could be.

I want talk about playing on the fly and keeping your Harp with you all the the time. Some of you are thinking to yourselves, "I'm not that good". Then, just play one slow song and go for what you know! You may have more fun than you think. You may not be as bad as you think, you may be better, you will never find out until you try!

Go out to your local blues places and look for harp players. You can go see them and learn how they play Blues Harp. "Open Mic Night" is a real good place to go. Take your harps, maybe you will get up there and play some short riffs. If you do not have a local "Open Mic Night", ask around, you never know, you may get one started!

Bars, coffee houses, pizza places, music stores, churches, and anywhere folks get together, is good place to get an open mic going or jam session started.

Folks, you do not learn by staying home and saying I'm just not good enough. There are others you can get together with to support you and cheer you on, we all need that now then. Everyone has fun when we just play to have fun!

Copyright © 1999- Dave Gage. All Rights Reserved.    |    HarmonicaLessons.comTM  is a trademark of AYM Music.