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How To Play the Harmonica: And Other Life Lessons

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Filled with ideas for how to liven up your life, How to Play the Harmonica is the perfect companion for keeping you happy. Lost your dog? Call him home with a shrill whistle on your harmonica. Bored at work? Impress your colleagues with your witty banter and new thoughts on life. Tired of cooking? Throw in the apron and head out for Chinese . . . in Beijing. With the harmonica as his guide, Sam Barry leads the...
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Overview

Filled with ideas for how to liven up your life, How to Play the Harmonica is the perfect companion for keeping you happy. Lost your dog? Call him home with a shrill whistle on your harmonica. Bored at work? Impress your colleagues with your witty banter and new thoughts on life. Tired of cooking? Throw in the apron and head out for Chinese . . . in Beijing. With the harmonica as his guide, Sam Barry leads the way to higher sense of self and fun.

Witty ways for putting some fun back into your funny bone!

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Editorial Reviews

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The harmonica is the perfect instrument: small enough to keep in your pocket; loud enough to make your presence felt. Free spirit Sam Barry spends his days toiling as a HarperOne marketing and promotions manager and many of his nights raising a musical ruckus with his bestselling author brother, Dave, and the rest of the Rock Bottom Remainders crew. As he waits for a major recording contract that might not come, he reflects on all the things that his harmonica has taught him about life. Delightful and uplifting, this little book just might convince you to add a harmonica to your daily repertoire.
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"In this little gem of a book, Barry's pastorly reassurances loosen ties, bring out inner chickens and enable nascent musicians to let rip like Dylan and the Boss, eventually moving toward pomposity-slaying licks and writing an original blues song (because you know you have one in you)."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423605706
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 425,218
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.34 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

As a former minister, reporter, activist, bohemian, writer and artist, Sam Barry knows a great many things about life-and playing the harmonica. Barry currently works as a marketing and promotions manager at HarperOne and plays the harmonica in The Rock Bottom Remainders with his brother Dave. He and his partner, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, live in San Francisco.
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Lighten up. yes, you. and me too. We've all been taking ourselves far too seriously for too long, and as a result we've made a complete mess of things. Stress, fear, and anxiety rule our lives. Meanwhile, we're missing out on the most FUN-damental (I promise I won't do that again) joy of all. Human beings are hardwired to play.
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Table of Contents

foreword by dave barry 6

acknowledgments 10

prologue: how playing can save your life 11

playing: your inalienable right 17

breathing and other essentials 33

listening: big ears are pretty 43

stage fright 51

jumping in the deep end 55

keeping the faith 63

just a white boy lost in the blues 71

practice works 83

making time to play 93

melody & harmony: what makes a song a song? 97

we've got rhythm 107

improvisation: how to fake it so you make it 113

oops! the law of mistakes 121

plays well with others 125

failure is an option 133

etiquette: good manners matter 137

dancing the two-step with two left feet 141

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