My new book (#1 Best Seller of Amazon harp books) "Masters of the Harmonica: 30 Harmonica Masters Share Their Craft" is a book of interviews with everyone from Kim Wilson, Charlie McCoy. Paul Oscher and Jason Ricci to Delbert McClinton, Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Dick, Todd Parrott, Howard Levy , Joe Filisko, and scores of other great players. "There have been books written about how to play harmonica, books on the history of harmonica, techniques and resources, but never before has there been a book in which 30 harmonica masters share their knowledge of the instrument. Masters of the Harmonica is a must-have for harmonica players of every level.” Gerhard Mueller Product Manager, Hohner Harmonicas
You can get it on Amazon.com as a paperback or e-book and will soon be released as an international Amazon book.
Margie's book is terrific and unique, and I give it my highest recommendation. I'm flattered to be a small part of it--one of thirty players she interviews. The interviews are arranged alphabetically, so it starts with Cheryl Arena. Almost all of the names will be familiar to any member of this forum. It is NOT an instructional guide in the traditional sense; it doesn't guide a beginner through a series of lessons. But it's just as important as any instructional guide--which is to say, it's a perfect gift for any beginner as well as any intermediate player--because it offers a series of frames and takeaways: guidelines, guardrails, and nuggets of wisdom. It makes clear that there is no one right path to harmonica mastery; also that there are some basic principles that most or all of the great players share and adapt to their own purposes.
I got my copy 2 days ago and am half way through it. I picked up so much knowledge already just about the process that I feel is absolutely what I was looking for. This book should be required reading for a harmonica player. I haven’t been playing that long but had a lot of questions answered by this book that you can’t find anywhere else. Lessons are awesome, but she delves into the process each of the greats went through to become as good as they are and it answers questions you don’t get in lessons. Awesome book!
I've been checking Amazon UK for a few weeks in anticipation of this Xmas gift to myself :-) I see a Kindle edition is now available but I would prefer a hard copy, without paying P&P from the US if possible. Any idea, Margie, whether it will be on sale here as well? Your website (https://margiegoldsmith.com/) suggests that it may, but you may have more up to date information. Thanks very much.
I have it on the kindle. Good stuff. I’m taking it slowly, trying to think about the lessons from each player. I’m only up to Magic I think, talking about being obsessed. He was saying something similar at HCH18 as I recall, only he put it as needing to really love the harp.
I liked James Conway’ interview too, where he mentioned receiving (and following) advice to focus on dynamics as a key to better improvisation.
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