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Geez, Mike - wish I was paying attention - great work and like Brett says, your signature style and tone shines through - loved what you did on these tracks!! Would have been nice to see credit given for your work on theses (or did I miss something again?)

Hello Room / Re: gday again
« on: April 03, 2014, 03:46:44 PM »
Gday Matt - good to see you are up and about!! Be good to hear you again!!

Administration & Announcements / Re: Wow, What a Start
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:30:16 PM »
@Mind the Gap - yeah it's an old bugbear and I appreciate you jumping in like you have. I just hope others do as well. Open Mic is a strange on for me - I used to use it many jams ago but found time becoming an issue in trying to keep up on both jams, so now I just post and comment on the Main Stage. Just do what works for you and be sure to transfer Open Mic stuff over to Main Stage once you are happy with it. I tend to put everything there, even if its a one time jam - I take the statement on our Home Page to heart and use Main Stage as a posting of a true jam effort, just like going to a live jam. No rehearsal or retake, its live and it is what it is!

"This is basically a 'woodshedding' site, a practice site to make practicing at home more fun. Practice is more fun when you know other people will be listening to your efforts"

@Bruce (Steamrollin Stan) - 16? hell, even if you were dyslexic, you'd be many years short, but thanks for the comment!!

Administration & Announcements / Wow, What a Start
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:50:28 PM »
Been away for a bit and just getting back to the site. WOW, totally knocked out by the new talent and the "golden oldies" as well as the backing tracks that have been posted. Big time thanks to BeelzeBob for some great work!!

Now my semi annual plea to the new guys. I am sincerely impressed by the talent and posts I have listened to. PLEASE think about commenting on your harp buddies posts as well as posting your own and waiting for others to comment. It is a two way street. Nuff said.

Now to the donation page to make sure we have enough to keep this thing going!!

Administration & Announcements / Re: Seven Good Years
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:44:34 PM »
Just getting back on stream Eric and I teared up when I read about your situation brother. You have my prayers, my best thoughts and best wishes for recovery and a swift return to good health. Take care and God Bless You!

And it's a mighty fine job the band did! Loving the acoustic tone on that harp Mike. Well done!

Hey Lindy, good to see/hear you back, whatever name you choose to use!!

About all I can add is "YUP, sure 'nuff". Once again, I'm tempted to only comment on those posts by people who are thoughtful enough to comment on mine. It seems there are some who are just like jammers who get up, play and leave and don't bother listening to the house band or other jammers!!

I learned from the comments given from the hard core members and appreciated that they took the time to say something even if it was a one or two word indication of what they thought.

Best wishes to all for a healthy and satisfying 2014.


Best wishes to a great bunch of fellow harp players. Thanks for all your posts and comments. And Rick - you are the best!

Harmonica Playing Technique Q & A / Re: Pros that only use OOB harps
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:40:33 PM »
Any of the ones that I've talked to (either as they pass through town or when I'm down in California) have said they have their harps worked on - either a little bit or a whole lot. I admit the number isn't great but probably a dozen or so. It would be interesting to know what the percent of high end players would be and if the harps are literally OOB without any special prep by sponsoring companies like Hohner and Seydel.

Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: William Clarke Chromatic Blues
« on: December 15, 2013, 02:16:20 PM »
@Gorfalamu - loved your take on St James Infirmary, on both harps and couldn't agree more on the question of 'cold players or cold harps'. Now this is from a person who only recently has taken the chrome up in a relatively serious way. George Harmonica Smith, William Clarke and Rod Piazza (Dennis Gruenling too) are regular plays on my iTunes list and are getting regular attention and study!!

Your playing is not too shabby either!!!

Misc. Conversation / Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:41:46 PM »
Thanks guys - may the Great Gobbler bless you and give you cause to give thanks this weekend. And I hope that the weather doesn't get as bad as they are predicting in the east.

Misc. Conversation / Re: Happy Thanksgiving and apologies!
« on: November 25, 2013, 11:26:06 AM »
Same wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving but with a request to not read it until next weekend. Got the wrong date and if I wasn't so old I'd be embarassed!


Misc. Conversation / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:01:07 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving to my American harp playing friends. Have a great day and weekend!!

Administration & Announcements / Re: video up
« on: November 11, 2013, 12:45:17 PM »
WOW!! Just noticed this and it is impressive. No wonder I was inspired when I started here back in 2009. Such a treat to see some of these class acts still participating and inspiring!!

Thanks for your work on this!!

Practice Log & Blog / Re: Brew's and Blues Practice Log
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:49:43 PM »
Holy shit Marty - so glad to hear you are 'OK".Something like this does bring things onto perspective and makes you realize how vulnerable we are. Yeah, road riding is dangerous with those drivers that just don't see cyclists!! (and to be fair, those cyclists that don't bother with the rules of the road). My only bike accident was on the mountain trails and trying to take on a windrow (logs piled up for later burning) that had been set up at a right hand turn that I tried to take too fast. Broken wrist and ribs with stitches on my leg made me realize I was going too fast. But unlike your situation, I only had myself to blame.

Take care, get better and keep watching out for those drivers that don't watch out for others. I hope he at least paid for bike repairs and any other bills you were faced with. Man, having seen a few of those uglies, I am just glad your story had a reasonably good ending.

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