Learn to Play the Harmonica
If your going to buy a Harmonica your going to need to learn to play the Harmonica. So whats the best way? Sure the harmonica probably came with a quick guide to the basics. If you followed it you might even know a simple song or two but now comes the real test. Are you at the end of the road? Is “Oh Susanna” the height of your learning experience or are you going to take the initiative to really learn how to play harmonica. I’m assuming the later so lets look at your options.
Find a Teacher: Honestly, including myself I only know a few harp players and none of them took lessons. I’m sure it would be helpful to a beginner but it is in no way absolutely necessary. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you learn the harmonica all on your own. I think having a teacher is fine but I think having just a friend is even better. Learning the Harmonica with someone else to keep after each others motivation can really be helpful.
Youtube: Really, youtube is becoming a great tool for learning all kinds of musical instruments. Just everyday normal Joes bring their instruments to the camera and show you how to play certain songs, perform techniques and just hammer out the basics. Go to youtube and search out your favorite harmonica song or question.
Online lessons: Just a quick Google search for “harmonica lessons” will give you a idea of what exactly is out there. Many of these website offer free starter lessons followed by a course plan that will cost you extra. Personally, I have never involved myself in these methods and so I have no opinion as to how good they are or if one is better than the other. Recommendations welcome.
Books and DVD: This is what I used to learn to play the harmonica when I was just staring out. Of course, if you are like me you will find yourself using a combination of learning tools as there is a number of paths to becoming the harmonica player you want to be. It took me a few mediocre guides to finally find one that stood out above the rest by Jon Gindick. Trust me when I tell you that if you are just starting out this is the book for you. Jon’s book is very easy to follow, complete, and one of the best purchases I made in my pursuit to learn harmonica. With this book you will progress quickly due to its well thought out structure. It’s just tailored to the complete beginner.
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