21. Learn to play the Harmonica

Jason_Ricci_1There’s something very ‘Bob Dylan/Jack Kerouac’ about the ol’ Hobo Trombone.

Whether you’re opening up for Elvis Costello at the House of Blues in Chicago or you’re traveling cross country from boxcar to boxcar, searching for the American dream, the harmonica is an essential piece of musical cool.  

It’s relatively easy to learn, convenient to carry, and when the guitars come out at the bonfire party and start laying down Radiohead’s Paranoid Android you’ll be the coolest guy on the beach when you rock out that Johnny Greenwood “Rain Down, rain down” 3rd section (3:39) on your harmonica.  For real.

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