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Chicago’s Old Time Jamboree

Chicago’s Old Time Jamboree. A joyful celebration of old time music tonight @TheGrafton 9-11pm. Open stage + jam. #oldtimejamboree


Work and Progress, Rather than a Work in Progress.

On continuing my harmonica education.

Work and progress, rather than a work in progress.

The latter seems to say that I’m not good enough as I am, and there is a mysterious end when I will be. Maybe that’s a fine state of mind to inspire small projects, but it can be demoralizing when the end seems unachievable.

The former says that I’m exactly where I should be and if I just keep working (chipping away at practice time, rewiring old habits, building confidence, etc.), I’ll continue to achieve my goals. I will never find the end, but I’ll never stop playing out of frustration with a lack of progress.

Thanks to my harmonica friends in Room B1 at the Old Town School of Folk Music and You Missed Monday for your continued support!

Announcing: Chicago’s Old Time Jamboree

The Summer 2012 Old Time Jamboree is happening!
June 16, 7pm at Dolce Casa Café, 4947 North Damen. Join our facebook page for updates.

Get your tunes ready!!

Making music and smiling with David Greely

Last night we had a great time hanging out at the Old Town School with Cajun fiddler, David Greely. He gave a performance and taught some tunes for the Fiddle Club of the World.  Jason and I were both so inspired hearing about his apprenticeship with Dewey Balfa and his evolution as a fiddler.  It was an intimate setting, maybe 20 people. He is a wonderful teacher! Everyone got some personal attention and we all learned something: melody, harmony, second fiddle rhythm. The music and his singing were so beautiful! Thank you, Fiddle Club, for bringing in such a wonderful artist! And thank you, David Greely, for sharing your music with us!

Happy New Year from The Wren & The Whistler

Hey everyone,

We’re spending New Years Eve in South Carolina this year, so we won’t be having a jam in Chicago.

But we wanted to share a message with you.  And Jason has a lesson on how to play Auld Lang Syne.

Happy New Year from The Wren & The Whistler

Learn to Play Auld Lang Syne from Jason and his harmonica

Visit our Learn to Play the Harmonica page for an audio recording of the tune, and a harmonica tab sheet that you can follow at home.

Happy New Year, everyone.  Hope to play some tunes with you in 2012.


Harmonica for the Young Musician Workshops – Jingle Bells Edition


Jason, from The Wren & The Whistler, is hosting two harmonica workshops this weekend at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll learn at the workshop.

Instant Music: Harmonica for the Young Musician and Harmonica for the Family Workshop Preview

Sunday, December 11

1:30 to 2:30 – Kids Only

3:00 to 4:00 – Family Class


Please bring a Key of C Harmonica.

Register here.

See you on Sunday!

Harmonica Workshops for Kids and Families

Jason, from The Wren & The Whistler, is hosting two harmonica workshops on Sunday, November 13.  You’ll leave with a tune to play for your relatives on Thanksgiving.  Here’s a preview.

Sunday, November 13
Old Town School of Folk Music
Kids Only Workshop – 1:00 to 2:00
Family Workshop – 2:30 to 3:30

It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but the harmonica is a world of sound and song. In this workshop, students delve into three musical worlds: playing by ear, reading musical notation and creating compositions through visual signals and written notation. Along with way students learn about the joys of making their own music and the history of great composers and musicians as diverse as Ludwig van Beethoven and blues harmonica legend Sonny Terry.

Children ages 7 to 11. No experience on any instrument necessary. Please come to class with any harmonica in the key of C. Harmonicas are available at the Different Strummer Music Store at the Old Town School of Folk Music.