Group Harp Sessions on Zoom this Week!

Come and join the Zoom harmonica party!

Our next weekly Zoom group sessions are on the following dates..

•  Beginners – Wednesdays 6pm-7pm (UK Time)
•  Intermediates – Thursdays 6pm-7pm (UK Time)

Zoom: 914-617-7410 058464

Email or text us via our Contact page if you’d like to join in, and we’ll send you a link. Click the logo to download Zoom – if you’ve never used it, don’t be shy, there are plenty of short tutorials on YouTube.If you enjoy your Zoom harmonica workshop and would like to show your appreciation afterwards, just enter paypal.me/harpsurgery into your browser and your contribution will be most welcome.

Programmme & Resources

General
•  Harmonica Map – Map
•  Piano Keyboard Map – Map

Beginners (C harmonica required)
We’re continuing single note playing, using couplets, taking first steps in octaves and tongue blocking, and overlaying melodies…

•  Pentatonic & Blues Scale (C Harmonica) – Tab
•  Couplets Exercise – Tab
•  When The Saints Go Marching In – mp3
•  When The Saints Go Marching In – Tab
•  Swing Low Sweet Chariot – Tab
•  She’ll be Coming Round The Mountain – Tab
•  Pentatonic & Blues Scale (C Harmonica) – Tab

Intermediates (various keys of harmonica required)
We’re starting work on High End Blow Bends, Throat Vibrato, First Overblows, Summertime playback, and reviewing Playing fast using Articulation…

•  Breathing exercise Tab
•  Summertime (3rd Position on C harmonica) – mp3
•  Summertime (3rd Position on C harmonica – Performance) – Tab
•  Inchworm (Loesser) (Ostinato 6B# exercise) Tab
•  Jesu Joy (JS Bach) Outro section arpeggio 6B# exercise  Tab
•  Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) 1st Movement intro arpeggio 4B# exercise Tab

Whammer Jammer […with tab]

J. Geils Band - Full HouseYou gonna get it all down, get it all night, get it all right, get it out of sight and get it down baby?

Here’s the top entry in our ‘I wanna play like that’ hit list. Originally recorded on the J.Geils Band studio album The Morning After in 1971, Whammer Jammer reappeared a year later on the classic live album Full House. It is a power harping beast of the highest order.

Like the lunar landing, or the fall of the Berlin Wall, every power harp fan can remember when and where they were first Whammered! So, it’s time to reminisce a little, do some research and then, with the help of modern technology, deconstruct the song for you. Key of A major ten hole diatonics harps at the ready..
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Join our weekly workshop

Our weekly drop in Zoom workshops have been going extremely well. Grab a harmonica and join us!

Zoom: 914-617-7410 / 058464

Beginners: Wednesdays 6pm (UK)
Intermediates: Thursdays 6pm (UK)

Here’s what our students have been saying…

  Thanks for the Zoom workshops, they are really good for me. The exercises for ostinato have been a revelation. Likewise the exercise for gradually drawing down and returning bend 3 is very helpful, although I’m never satisfied with what I’m achieving. One day I’ll get there.

  Thanks for doing the Zoom group sessions, they’re really helpful and it’s nice to meet up with other musicians. I find it difficult playing alone all the time!

•  Thank you so much for the fun time learning harmonica on Zoom!  This has been quite an enlightening opportunity and I have learned so much from you.  I appreciate all you do and am looking forward to your classes next week.

•  Cheers – really enjoyed that session!

1st Position Blues Harp – An Introduction (Part 1)

Harps and Guitar 1A guide to straight blues harping

No force, however great, can stretch a cord, however fine, into a horizontal line which is accurately straight. Elementary Treatise On Mechanics (William Whewell)

The classic blues harmonica journey starts with a crusade to the Holy Shrine of cross harp. Whereupon, straight harp (normally in the guise of Oh Susannah) is swiftly abandoned. Drunk on the glories of success, and soon lavishly equipped with assault amplifiers and bullet microphones, the crusade continues.

New techniques are won – including tongue blocking, vibrato, blow bends and third position blues – before a dark specter looms like a cloud on the horizon; the ghost of first position past. It’s been neglected for too long and now it’s broken our serenity, and it’s raining torment. Here’s how to make amends…

Listen to

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Harmonica Lessons Available Online

The Good Doctor’s making house calls

We hope you’re staying safe and keeping well. While we’re isolating and enjoying some extra down time , what better opportunity could there be to grow your harp skills and elevate your playing. Don’t put it off any longer!

While regular live lessons may be on hold, this isn’t stopping us from enjoying harmonica learning at the Harp Surgery. Indeed, the Good Doctor is ready and waiting to coach you over internet right now! To book your online session, go to our Contact page and get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you very soon. 

Monthly Harmonica Workshops 2020

Monthly Harp Surgery Workshops are currently on hold

With the Corona Virus threat ongoing, we are unable to continue wit hour monthly workshops for the time being. If you have paid in advance for the workshop, we are happy to refund you, hold your payment in credit against our next workshop, or put it towards the cost of a 1:1 online tutorial. We will continue to monitor the situation in the meantime and you when normal service is set to resume.

When our monthly workshops resume..
Each workshop is an hour and a half long, and there’ll be plenty for you to take away and practise between sessions. Please note we’ve moved to Wednesday evenings, and we’re upstairs now. Beginners meet from 6.00pm-6.30pm, and Intermediates meet from 6.30pm-9.00pm, in a user-friendly atmosphere, with drinks and food available for purchase from the Brunswick’s excellent bar. It couldn’t be better!