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 into your browser and your contribution will be most welcome.

Programmme & Resources

•  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

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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!

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!

Beginners Learning Path

When students come to the Harp Surgery for tuition, we begin by setting clear goals. This process starts with a short diagnostic session to identify gaps in a student’s technical skills. It also involves a short playback, so that we can see and hear a student’s level of competency. This is done not as a cold critique of the student’s ability, but to establish exactly where the Harp Surgery can provide practical support and encouragement. In other words, we’re on your side every step of the way.

We can then consider particular pieces of music, styles and players we’d like to investigate. This gives us a healthy balance between exercises, theory and technique learning (foundation stuff), and repertoire (song learning and fun stuff).

For complete Beginners of course, we’re working from a blank sheet and we can build solid foundations from the outset. For others, we will need to address any bad habits, while exploring fresh territory to complete our Beginners Learning Path.

Once we have captured our regular bending skills, thereby adding twelve new notes to our palette, the Beginners Learning Path is complete, and we can embark on our Intermediate Learning Path.

John Cook Harmonica Repair Workshop

Together we stand, divided we fall
In 2016, John Cook attended Hohner’s prestigious harmonica accreditation training programme at their headquarters in Trossingen, Germany. He was subsequently appointed a member of Hohner’s worldwide accredited Service team.

Today, John manages and operates an excellent harmonica repair and modification service from his base at East Coast Music in Hornchurch, UK.

In a very short space of time, John has become the go-to repair and modification engineer for Hohner harmonica owners, not only in the UK, but internationally.

Come on now people, let’s get on the ball
Periodically, John runs small harmonica repair workshops, and this autumn we joined him alongside a small band of harmonica repair enthusiasts. Covering a wide range of essential skills, from blueprinting new harmonicas out of the box, to standard maintenance procedures and fixes, the day was fully hands-on and well worth the effort.

We dismantled harps, we cleaned harps, we tuned reeds, we gapped reeds, we replaced reeds, we embossed slots, we chatted and we laughed. We even took our first steps in harmonica customisation; by which time we’d gathered a wealth of top tips and handy tools. Best of all, we came away knowing how to approach and solve a range of problems that lurk beneath the average diatonic cover plate.

Come on, come on, let’s work together
If you need help restoring or repairing a broken harmonica, you’ll find a link to John’s website below. But perhaps you’d like to meet John yourself and learn some helpful skills like sanding your harmonica comb and draw reed plate for greater air tightness, correctly gapping your reeds for improved response and, of course, tuning your own instrument confidently.

In which case, get along to the UK’s annual National Harmonica Festival, Harpin’ By The Sea harmonica festival, or to the Blues Weekend in Bucks, where John leads some wonderful drop-in sessions for diatonic and for chromatic players.

Alternatively, check out John’s website and book yourself in for a super Sunday of indulgence in the dark art of harmonica repairs and maintenance. You know it makes sense.

John Cook Harmonicas