How to Play the Harmonica; and other Life Lessons

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Gibbs Smith, 2009 - Humor
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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By the time I finished reading this book, I could play "Oh Susanna" on the harmonica. My neighbors might not be so happy about that, but I am.

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I like Sam's book. (I should since I was his editor ;) Read full review

Contents

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
MELODY HARMONY WHAT MAKES A SONG A SONG?
97
WEVE 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 TWOSTEP WITH TWO LEFT FEET
141

PRACTICE WORKS
83
MAKING TIME TO PLAY
93

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About the author (2009)

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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