We had a real good workshop this past Wednesday.
The following members were in attendance: Frank Ryan (moi), Ed Gold, George Johanson, Jennie Purpura, Gerard Fitzgerald, Dennis Duffy, Oliver Petter, Janet Widerspan, John Devine, Peter Cohn, and Peter Li.
John reported that Fred Schmidt, an old time member of the club, is suffering some health problems and has moved to hospice care. He came to our 2017 fall restaurant get together and played “Alice Blue Gown” on his harmonica.
The ‘rounds’ this time was fun and a little unusual as many players took a whack at accompanying themselves on guitar. Everybody was playing very good harmonica.
The featured event of the evening was an instructional DVD/video titled “The Ins and Outs of Rhythm Harp” by Peter “Madcap” Ruth. We just tried the first couple of lessons and it was an experience! This fellow plays a very vigorous and assertive rhythm harmonica using just the diatonic harp. He explained his technique and his demonstrations were manageable, all we have to do now is put in a couple of hundred hours of practice and we’re ready for a public performance … sigh!
No feedback yet, but if the gang liked carving out 30 minutes of workshop time to try these instructional DVDs, we can keep it going and make it a regular part of the meetings. Let John know if this is something worth continuing.
A few photos attached: