In the course of learning the harmonica, I came across this video one day and it changed my life. I was blown away that you didn’t have to only play the blues on a harmonica! Sure, it seems like a pretty basic idea, but really… how often do you hear classical music played on a harmonica? Oh, and the pure joy on Buddy Greene’s face as he finishes this amazing number!
After watching this (over and over and over and over) I not only learned this piece, but started playing other classical music and then began composing my own classically-inspired pieces on the fly. This video redefined my style into something unique and beautiful. If you’re a harp player, do yourself a favor and learn this group of songs. Then bust these out walking down the street one day or at a party or in the company of friends and see what kind of reception you get. It may not be a standing ovation, but it’s guaranteed to brighten someone’s day.
Image credit goes to Flickr user iamweighingmedown. Thanks!