Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What Did You Miss This Week? (Week 301 #345)

Sonny Jr.!!!

Sonny Jr. is in town and he spent time with two of Joe's classes yesterday - first off, he joined the Rhythm and Chording class in the afternoon to talk about Sonny Terry playing and later in the Level IV class talk turned to amplifiers.

Sonny has spent 20 years modifying and producing amplifiers for harp players and he has tons of great advice and knowledge to share. His assistance started via email conversations with Highway RickEy before he even arrived and he advised us on a new class amplifer - we're now happy to be playing through a vintage Kalamazoo and we played it last night for the first time. Sounds great!

Sonny described and demonstrated "break up" and talked about how to change amp tubes to improve the break up and headroom of an amp. He talked speakers, tubes and rectifiers and gave us a great demonstration simple changes can make by tweaking a stock reissue Bassman. That may be the loudest amp we've had in B1, but it got the point across and sounded much improved!

It was a great evening and the first time we've covered this topic in B1. Thanks for giving so generously of your time and knowledge, Sonny!

Pocket Full of Soul!!!

Thanks to all who pre-registered and helped us get over the minimum threshold for tickets to Pocket Full of Soul. The screening will definitely happen, February 28.

For those of you who don't yet have tickets, the next deadline is a day and a half from now. You CANNOT get tickets at the door. You must buy online, here, now!


AMC Showplace Village Crossing
7000 Carpenter Road, Skokie, IL, 60077
February 28, 7:30pm

Featured Videos!!!

Gimmick aside, this guy has a killer train imitation: David Sanders.

Also, check out these terrific videos from Sam Hinton.

In honor of Black History Month, American Masters recently ran this special on Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Incredible in her own right, we hear Walter Horton makes some appearance on the show! The Godmother of Rock & Roll

Class Notes
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Shoblues Harptracks!!!

Announcing new play-along tracks from our own Shoji Naito, now available on iTunes and at Amazon!

New From Pat Missin!!!

Fascinating new book from Pat Missin - figure out what to do with that little harp hanging around your neck!

The Ultimate Miniature Harmonica Tunebook: 365 Tunes for the Four Hole Harmonica

- Grant Kessler, B1 Blues Crew