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OldwailerJan 29, 2009 7:14 AM GMT
I think I'm going to go to the workshop in San Jose this year--
Has anybody attended one of these? Worth it?
It looks like it would be very informative and a lot of fun. . .
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I would love to go but these and all the rest are a million miles from Blighty... Who knows maybe next year?
Get yourself there Mr W!
Any workshop is worth going if you have the chance (imho) I can only attend one once a year here in Japan but it's definitely worth it. Just hearing other people play, making friends, jam and on top of that , learn how the play harp.... well what's there to think about? Go for it Wailer! I hate you..., just kidding and incredible jealous...
Yeah I know what you mean Cheeky Z. There ain't too much over here in the UK compared to the States.
You can always try the NHL conventions though they have at least a once a year get together. It's in Bristol I think.
Well, I'm gonna do it. I'll have to woodshed my ass off to get to a skill level where I can get the most out of it--but the woodshedding will be fun too!
I get one on one lessons with David Barrett in San Jose and his attention to detail is second to none. The workshops are intense and the 1st one I attended 10 years ago still affects me now. Sometimes people think that the entry price is high but if you are serious about your playing, it is incredibly cheap. Your head will be buzzing for months after the experience. No Poop! Put off the amp purchase and spend the money where it will make a difference.
I went to a few starting about 11 years ago. I didn't learn anything technical per se because of ADD and "icon awe" but Man was it a gift!! The first year that I went there was a 1 or 2 night competition with guys like Lee Oscar and Winslow on the votingcommittee. Lee'sroommatekept after me to compete so I signed up gulping. I ended placing second or third. Man It felt great being accepted by my peers and superiors as one of them. Paul deLay bumping into Rod Piazza bumping into Mark Hummel. The second year Lee took me to dinner in the hotel. I remember Mark Ford pulling out a harp in the San Jose Hilton and spontaneously jamming with Musselwhite's piano player. A piano he hadspontaneouslysat down at in the lobby. Primich sitting with Portnoy in the dining room, etc, etc, etc. One of the Everest of Peak experiences for me and well worth the travel from NYC (not that I learned anything- but then I was a u-blocker in a sea of tongue blockers there). Enjoy. d
Thanks for the reviews--I'm all signed up, made plane reservations and reserved a room and I wish it was tomorrow!
Well done Mr Wailer!
That's the spirit. I'm sure you'll have a wail of a time...
Ah, perhaps next year.