I'm Sumeet, from Pune, a city about 200kms from Mumbai. I'm 26, an electrical engineer by profession.
I recently got interested in learning an instrument, and decided to take up the harmonica - its portability attracts me. I have no prior music training, so I contacted a local teacher/hobbyist, who was glad to teach me. I've been practicing for about a month now. Since Indian movie songs are mostly melody-based, he suggested I start with the Chromatic. I purchased the Swan 1248 harmonica, and at this stage I am fairly comfortable playing basic notes as well as permutation sequences (CDEF-DEFG-EFGA-....) . I also worked on a couple of nursery rhymes (Are you sleeping, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).
I then moved on to the following tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEQ-jwh-JO0
- its a popular tune here, and it feels nice to play before friends a tune they recognize. I must admit I can't generate the vibration effects as cleanly.
Finding this forum was like discovering a treasure house. Its vastness is overwhelming at times. I was overjoyed, and at the same time, deeply humbled. I currently practice a song a week from the SlideMeister Chromatic Tabs list pdf.
I would be glad to hear from you experts regarding what and how to practice, as well as pointers to resources. I'd purchased Yerxa's book long ago, but now I realize its more about the diatonic.
Nice to meet you all,
PS: I'll be moving to UW-Madison for my Masters in August, hope to meet members if any.