Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on September 29, 2001 at 04:13:41:
In Reply to: Who's the best posted by Dave on September 27, 2001 at 20:54:46:
: I'm kind of new at this harp-playing stuff and would like to know who has the best lesson books and accompanying CD's. I don't want to spend a bundle trying to find out so can anyone out there help me? I see lessons from Dave Barrett, Jerry Portnoy, Doug Puls, John Sebastian, Jon Gindick, etc., etc. I just want to see what others have to say. Thanks -
When I saw "Who's the best" appear on the screen, my initial thought was something like, "Oh no. This guy wants to know who the best harmonica player is. Here's a question with thousands of answers!" Well, I jumped to conclusions again, and for that, I owe you an apology.
The follow ups (so far), which were submitted by john(uk), Bluzharper, Nick H, and Ray are all excellent and worth following to the letter. Ray's advice, which was "Don't make the mistake of skipping the basics..." should be included in every music instruction book, tape, CD and film.
In addition to the courses which have been recommended, I suggest "The Best Harmonica Method-Yet!" by Albert Gamse, which I picked up about 24 years ago. It is not a blues or rock & roll course, but IMHO is an excellent book for the beginner and for the player who wants to learn to play by the standard music notation.
I also recommend Jon Gindick's material. Although I tend to frown on courses that don't cover the standard music notation, I must say that Mr.Gindick's method is truly unique, effective and worth checking out. In addition to the instructional material, Mr.Gindick is easy to approach by way of his web-site (and unlike old friends and family members, he responds to his e-mail).
Whatever lesson method(s) you use, don't half-step the course, second-guess the instructor, or skip any part of the text.
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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