Friday, January 28, 2011

From Ronnie Shellist: Harmonica To Do List

Harmonica Goals for 2011
I have been very fortunate to be able to teach harmonica and perform for a living. I've created some incredible memories through these amazing experiences and also met some of my best friends along the way. I believe that this often drives me to share what I've learned with others who have an interest and passion for harmonica. I know that with everyone's encouragement, feedback and support along the way, I was finally motivated to create I would like to say "thank you" to each of you for helping me achieve that.
I hope that you're musical journey is as enjoyable and fulfilling as mine has been. In fact, I've made it one of my resolutions this year to help others do just that. If you take the time to read my newsletters, then I bet you've done some wood shedding towards your own goals. It's not easy staying on track and making true progress in your music. It takes dedication, hard work, facing fears and finding inspiration along the way. My journey wasn't a solo one. I took group classes, private lessons, went to jam sessions and played music with fellow musicians as often as possible. That's what has pushed me through to higher ground musically speaking. The learning process was always fun and I'm sure that's why I've never lost interest to this day.

I encourage everyone to get my free download "Tips for Becoming a Top Notch Harmonica Player" right now. All you have to do is head to and on the Home page scroll down a bit and you'll see the link. Take the time to read through it and ask yourself these questions:

What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
What am I most interested in accomplishing short term?
What are my top 3 long term goals?
What can I do today from this list that I've never tried?
Where would I like to be in a year from now with my playing?
If I could ask Ronnie one question right now, what would it be?

Email me directly at when you get to that last question. I respond to everyone's email personally and promptly. See you on YouTube soon!

Cool 2nd Position Blues Lick: *try this in one breath*

2 draw(full step bend), 2 draw, 3 (half step bend), 4 (half step bend)..going slowly up to 4 draw

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From Cheryl Arena:

TONIGHT I'll be sub DJ on KNON (89.3 FM) again! Listen live on the web at also I'll be interviewing 2 very special guests..Hash Brown and Sonny Collie...and we'lll be playing LIVE! Tune in 6-8pm CST!!

Hank Black on YouTube

HOOT's very own Hank Black does some great playing in this video.