*****Switching to user name "Tin Lizzie" ******
Started playing because I wanted to play around the campfire... never played an instrument before. The harmonica became an obsession.
I take lessons from Dennis Gruenling on line. I've never worked this hard at anything before. Dennis is a great teacher, by the way.
I have Richard Sleigh custom harps in the common keys, plus my beloved and favorite, which is Bb. They have been worth every penny since they last forever. And they are a dream to play.
Really into Big Leon Brooks "Blues for a Real Man", James Cotton/Otis Spann "After Awhile" and Jr Wells "Slow, Slow"
I am limiting myself and my goals to what is really important to me.... playing in the groove, in the pocket, textures, note shaping, simple improvisation, rhythmic playing, good tone. I don't care if I never learn to overblow or play amplified, I don't care how simple I play, but I love harmonica that rips your heart out and THAT is what I want to play.
I consider myself to be a front porch player, meaning I like paying WITH people, but not playing in front of people. I play regularly with a guitar player. who loves a lot of the same music I do.
I have myspace and facebook accounts but they are both lame....I don't do much with them. I do put pictures on Flickr regularly... mostly camping in Oregon pictures.