Harmonica 101 with Jake Groves

Jake Groves

Harmonica 101 with Jake Groves

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Harmonica 101 with Jake Groves

This class has both online and in-person sections. Please choose whether you want to join this class in the classroom or virtually via zoom using the options above.

Take your first steps into the world of harmonica with Jake. Learn the fundamentals of breath control, posture, grip, and embouchure that are universal to quality harmonica playing across styles. Learn basics of harmonica layout and understand cross harp versus straight harp. Tackle our first basic melodies, mostly in the folk and blues category, and also some fun rhythmic harmonica tricks. Most of all, learn to have fun with a pocket full of soul. 

In this eight-week harmonica course, students will learn:

  • Harmonica basics: breath control, embouchure, posture, grip
  • How to play chords and melodies
  • The layout of the diatonic harmonica
  • A selection of simple tunes, including O Susanna, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Blues Shuffle, Drunken Sailor
  • How to play in first, second and third position
  • Harmonica history 
  • The basics of train imitations and other fun harmonica tricks
  • The basics of bending
  • And more!

Perfect for beginners and early intermediate players.

Required materials: diatonic harmonica in the key of 'C', and "Harmonica for Dummies" by Winslow Yerxa (recommended).

Students will need a major diatonic harmonica in the key of C and a desire to learn and have fun playing music! If you are shopping for a harmonica, Jake recommends investing at least $40 into your instrument, as cheaper models are usually difficult to play due to poor manufacturing. Here's a few brands and models that should serve you well for relatively cheap:

Hohner "Special 20" 
Hohner "Marine Band"
Lee Oskar "Major Diatonic" 
Seydel "Blues Session" 
Suzuki "Manji"