[Harp-L] Harp-L Digest, Vol 89, Issue 58

Thumbs up and very well said.  Additionally, there are many phrases, leading
tones and scales that enhance one's playing which the pros expect to hear
when you are playing and will judge your musicianship by.  Yes, eventually
you may learn them, but if you read, understand theory, etc.... the path
will be much easier.  


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Perhaps the distinction can be made that you can learn to play harmonica (by
ear), or you can develop into a musician that plays the harmonica. 

I favor the latter.

Also, still curious how those w/out music theory/keyboard image in their
head view music - changes, choices, etc. With a basic music theory
understanding coupled with mental image of keyboard, music can unfold in
such a more rewarding fashion. This is why college music degrees always
include a required keyboard 101 type class, no matter what instrument you

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