Due to the corona virus quarantine, the only classes currently scheduled will be held online via Zoom.
To paraphrase Lauren Bacall in the movie To Have and to Have Not, "You know how to play the harmonica, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow."
Okay, Lauren, it's a little more involved than that, but it's a great start! You don't need any musical experience. All you need is a song in your heart and a willingness to have fun learning.
Harmonicas are always in tune, very portable, and fun to play. We'll learn how to pick out single notes to create familiar melodies and some techniques to create fun textures and sounds. Playing harmonicas regularly can also help improve your lung capacity and function -- which is great for anyone with lungs - Hey! That's you and me! - especially folks with respiratory issues.
NOTE: You'll need a harmonica in the key of C for this class. Support your local music stores, who may be able to ship one to you or provide curbside pickup. When considering which harmonica to purchase, consider getting a good one for these reasons:
More resources have been poured into design and manufacture
Better manufacturing plants are used, which means they can hew to tighter specs and build better-quality harps
There are many good harps out there. I usually recommend Hohner Big River or Special 20 for ease of play and bending notes, but there are many reputable brands that offer fabulous harps. The Hohner BluesBand is a decent starter harp. Talk to your local music store for more recommendations.
Adult Beginner Harmonica Classes
We'll focus on on learning to play melodies, bending notes, getting different tones, and spontaneously bursting into song! Geared for ages 18+. We work with harmonicas in the Key of C. Other keys won't work with class materials.
Maximum number of students: 5. If new enough people sign up for the class, you will have the option to sign up for another time or class, or receive a full refund.
Jan. 7, 14, 21; 10:30 - 11:300 a.m. (Jan. 28 power outage make-up day)
REGISTRATION: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll sign you up!
Jan. 9, 16 & 23; 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Jan. 30 power outage make-up day)
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