The 57 Club

Hi !

The 57 club is a fun way of indicating that a member has completed a certain section of the step-by-step harmonica course, and is proficient in all the techniques taught in that section of the course. The club gives new members something to aim for, as well as providing a built in mentor program, that brings the best out of everybody's harmonica playing!

So if you see a classic car in a fellow members forum signature, know that all of these members have been personally "certified to ride", and I trust them to post knowledgeable, and helpful comments relevant to their playing level in our forums.

Why 57?

The inspiration for using classic cars comes from post war America, where in the 1950's the blues harmonica evolved into an amplified, hard hitting, soulful lead instrument. During this era Chicago's Chess Records would famously give it's superstar performers, such as Little Walter Cadillac cars as advances on (and sometimes in place of) record royalties.

By 1957 the blues scene was hot, Little Walter released Boom, Boom Out Go The Lights, and Temperature, and the car companies were booming too. Chevy had the Bel-Air [Beginners], Plymouth had the Fury [Intermediate], and then there was the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz [Advanced] at the top of the line.

The Rides

In the post war era America of the 1950's the blues harmonica evolved into an amplified hard hitting, soulful lead instrument. This was thanks largely to the Chicago blues scene, which was home to Chess Records, and harmonica players like the legendary Little Walter. During this era Chess Records would famously give it's superstar performers Cadillac cars as advances on (and sometimes in place of) record royalties.

By 1957 the blues scene was hot, Little Walter released Boom, Boom out go the Lights, and Temperature, and the car companies were booming too. Chevy had the Bel-Air [Beginners], Plymouth had the Fury [Intermediate], and then there was the Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz [Advanced] at the top of the line.

Submit Audio/Video

If you'd like to join the 57 club, and become a mentor for our community please complete the form below. You'll be automatically taken to a secure page on the site that contains the complete instructions on how to submit an audio or video recording to me for review.

I'll then reply to you with a written critique on your playing letting you know how you went, the areas you may need to improve (or not) and if all goes well, that you are now a member of the 57 club!

Before you proceed, may I suggest you use the forums to post some audio or video to test the water, and ask any questions you have, as there is a $39.99 fee for my time in evaluating your playing, and I plan to keep the standards for the 57 club high!

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