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Harmonica Classes


Adult Beginner Harmonica Class

Harmonicas are always in tune, very portable, and fun to play. We'll learn how to play melodies, bend notes, get different tones, and spontaneously burst into song! Playing a harmonica regularly can also help improve your lung capacity and function -- which is great for anyone with lungs - Hey! That's you and me! Geared for ages 18+. NOTE: YOU WILL NEED A 10-HOLE HARMONICA IN THE KEY OF C. If you're shopping for a harmonica, note that cheaper ones are actually harder to play, but we can work with whatever harp in the key of C that you bring. Available for purchase in class: Hohner Old Standby: $12.84; Hohner Blues Bender: $16.05; Hohner Big River: $37.45; Hohner Special 20: $51.36 (all prices include tax). Payable in class with check, cash, Venmo, Paypal. See below for info on purchasing a harmonica.

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.

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.

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