March 11, 2012
1. What made you want to play the harmonica?I don't know for sure. I'll just say it this way. I went to the S&H Green Stamp Store with my mother. I asked her if she would buy a harmonica for me, and she did. You probably don't remember the S&H Green Stamp Store. When I was a little girl, you would get these stamps when you bought gas. You'd stick the stamps into books, and when you got enough books, you could go to the Green Stamp Store and redeem the stamps for different items.2. How old were you at the time?I'm not sure the exact age, but I was in junior high at the time. 3. How did you learn to play?I just learned on my own. I would go out in the backyard and sit in the grass and see what kind of songs I could play.4. How long did it take you to become proficient?When I got the harmonica, I went out in the backyard and just started to learn to play — try to figure out different songs on it like “Old Susannah” and things like that. It took a couple months maybe. My dad was a minister so I'd play at church for special music.5. What was the hardest thing about learning?I don't really think it was hard. I think God gave me a talent for it, but really, I think anyone could play. It's just blowing air in and out over a specific hole to get the note.6. Are there different kinds of harmonicas? Do you use a specific kind?I have a variety of harmonicas. My first one was just a small one — a marine band in the key of C. Along the way I've picked up others. Harmonicas come in different keys. 7. What keys do you have?I have another key of C one but it is a chromatic C — that means it has a slide on the end so I can play sharps and flats. I have a couple that are double-sided, meaning I can play on both sides and both sides are a different key. Like this one plays the keys of D and A, and this one plays the keys of F and B flat. 8. How many harmonicas do you own?I have six, including the one my mother bought me. It doesn't work very well though. It's worn out. 9. Where do you play your harmonica?I play at church for special music. I've played at the nursing home and for people in the hospital, acquaintances.10. How often do you play for enjoyment?Well, actually, not very much. Usually, I get them out when I'm asked to do special music for church. I'm too busy learning to play the violin at the moment.11. When did you start learning the violin?In February, it was two years that I've been taking lessons. I've had my violin since back when I was in the Navy though.12. Are there any other instruments you would like to learn to play?Not really — I'll be doing good if I can get the violin mastered.