What Eichler succeeds well with is his ability to present material and commentary alongside instructions in an easy straight-forward approach that aids in the learning process. These chapters in particular will help the individual wanting to learn to play a harmonica: "Becoming Comfortable Content and Satisfied" "Accepting the "Growing Pains' and Looking Toward the Future" and "The Lone Harmonic Harmonica Reed." Each section is invaluable and this is a nice reference to have in your home library.
THE BIG-X ON HARP is a highly recommended book on and about the harmonica and it should be purchased by all those interested in this fine hand instrument. Harmonicas are part of Americana and American cultural history. Librarians should consider this book for order and placement in their libraries.
If you want to know and learn about the harmonica Alan W. Eichler's THE BIG-X ON HARP is an excellent reference work. Excellent and instructional it is entertaining and enjoyable reading.'THE BIG-X ON HARP by Alan W. Eichler is one of the finest and recent books on learning the history and playing techniques of harmonica. Well-written and well-illustrated, this is a handy harmonica reference!