[Harp-L] To read, or not to read, that is the question.

Trip trip.tunes@xxxxx
Thu Dec 15 08:51:54 EST 2016

Hey Friend! 

Thanks for the kind words. I've been following your various projects over the years and always love what I hear. And when my students ask me if they should learn to read music I tell them about you and your amazing work ethic which has made you one of the most versatile tasty players on the scene today.

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Trip Henderson 

> On Dec 15, 2016, at 7:47 AM, Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:
> If you guys haven't heard or met Trip Henderson, he is an amazing player and person.  He was my first clue that there was a harmonica community.  No matter where I went around the nation in my 20s to a harmonica event, there was Trip.
> Michael Rubin
> michaelrubinharmonica.com
>> On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Trip Henderson <trip.tunes at xxxxx> wrote:
>> I am a folk musician, I learn using the "folk process" which is to say
>> learning a tune or song by ear from a source, be it human or a recording.
>> This has served me well over the years simply because all the music I want
>> to play has been passed on from generation to generation or was written and
>> taught to me by its author. I'm as busy as I want to be teaching, recording
>> or gigging and have never been asked to read - but that's because the
>> leader or producer hire me to play what I do well - southern and/or
>> northern vernacular music.
>> That said, do I wish I could read? Yes, absolutely!  Here's a great
>> example.  There's a song in the Doc Watson Songbook that he never recorded,
>> the only way for me to learn the melody is to have a friend that reads play
>> it for me so I can learn it by ear. If your tastes are more sophisticated
>> and you want to play jazz etc, or aspire to be a session player then you
>> must read, its really not optional. If you have the time and inclination,
>> why not?
>> --
>> *Trip Henderson*
>> https://soundcloud.com/trip-henderson
>> https://www.youtube.com/TheWhistlingWolves

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