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 already in tune and playing them can actually help tune your ears to the right pitches, which can help you become a better singer. Playing them regularly can also help improve your lung capacity and function -- which is great for anyone with lungs, especially those with respiratory issues.
NOTE: You'll need a harmonica in the key of C for this class.
Bring your own or purchase one in class; prices range from $5 to $41 + tax.
Adult Beginner Harmonica Classes (download class song packet here.)
Wednesdays, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Colchester's Bayside Activity Center (36 Blakley Rd., Colchester, VT).
Dates: Feb. 11, 18, 25, March 4 (snow day March. 11). Registration: Colchester Parks & Rec Dept.
Wednesdays, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. CVU Access Program (CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg, VT).
Dates: Feb. 12, 19, March 4 & 11 (Snow day March 18). Registration: CVU Access
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. O'Brien Community Center (32 Malletts Bay Rd., Winooski, VT).
Dates: April 21, 28, March 5 & 12 (Make-up day May 19). Registration: Winooski Rec & Parks Dept.
Thursdays, 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Miller Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington, VT).
Dates: April 23, 30, May 7 & 14 (Make-up day May 21). Registration: Burlington Parks & Rec Dept.