World harmonica Festival 5th-6th Nov 2021

Fédération Internationale de l’Harmonica (IHF) presents United In Music:

Following the cancellation of the World Harmonica Festival 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the festival artists will appear at United In Music, a live Zoom event over two days from the Music School in Trossingen, featuring a combination of live performances, streams and exclusive video material.

Live interviews with performers, breakout rooms and a virtual bar offer visitors the opportunity to meet online, interact with the artists and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Full details click the logo or click here.

On Friday evening, the World of Chromonica offers an exciting program featuring some of the world’s finest chromatic harmonica artists and groups from Europe and Asia, including Sigmund Groven, Long Deng Jie and the Sirius Harmonica Ensemble.

On Saturday, International Harp Masters presents a selection of today’s leading diatonic harmonica performers from the USA and Europe, among them Jason Ricci, Joe Filisko, Dennis Gruenling and Steve Baker.

Harmonica Workshops Live and Online

From Weds 15th Sept, weekly harmonica workshops return to The Brunswick, Hove

• Beginners 6.45-7.45pm
• Intermediates 8.00-9.00pm

Entry: £10.00 per session, payable in advance by

Later this Autumn, our weekly online harmonica workshops will return on Zoom

• Beginners – Details to follow
• Intermediates  – Details to follow

Entry: £10.00 per session, payable in advance by

Join our fun harmonica community
Harp Surgery’s workshops are all about connecting with other harp players, sharing music, learning songs, asking questions and developing key technical skills. We do blues of course, but we also explore a wide range of musical styles with a reasonable splash of music theory. We’re here to offer up solutions to your specific developmental needs during our group sessions, but you can also book 1:1 coaching if you wish to fast track your learning.

Attendee Feedback 
“You just helped me find my first overdraw!” Azza, UK
“Thanks for a fantastic workshop.” Mary Beth, US
“It’s been a joy sharing in a harmonica experience with you.” Maurice, US
“Sessions are thoroughly inspiring”.  Ron, Canada
“They are great sessions.” Roy, UK
“Thank you for sharing all of your expertise with such enthusiasm and humour. It is a wonderful opportunity for beginner and experienced harp players!” Stan, Canada (more…)

1st Position Blues Harp – An Introduction (Part 4)

The Grand Canyon which yawns between the writer’s concept of what he wants to capture in words and what comes through is a cruel abyss.
— Fannie Hurst

Welcome to the final leg of our journey into 1st position blues technique. In previous posts we considered why 1st position blues can sometimes be left in the shadows. We also touched on building a general awareness of positional playing, how some positions are interchangeable, the Ionian Mode, the low end 1st position blues scale, and some low and high end 1st position signature licks.

As our versatility in 1st position grows, an inherent problem soon emerges; there’s not much on offer in the middle octave, so it’s difficult to connect holes 1 to 10 fluently using the blues scale. Consequently a common feature of 1st position blues involves jumping back and forth between the lower and upper ends of the harp.

In the middle register, the 1st position blues scale is buried in some uncomfortable overbends. For many players these are unachievable, which is why they’re left with such a meagre musical menu. Examples of licks played between holes 4B and 7B are few and far between, and the content is usually unsubstantial. Nonetheless, let’s see if we can shed some light on this time-worn enigma

Listen to

Mud Ball Musings CD Review

Good afternoon gentlemen, let’s go for a blues on this mudball!

Regulars at the Harp Surgery will know how much we admire the harmonica style of Adam ‘Tidy’ Burney and The Brothers of Mothershovel. Newcomers fear not, you can catch up by reading our review from 2017 of their wonderful album Umcha, Umcha. In the meantime, hang onto your hats, he’s back!

Last month, amidst a nerve-wracking summer of Euro soccer, Otis the postman delivered an eagerly anticipated copy of Tidy’s new solo album, Mudball Musings. We duly closed the Surgery early, put the kettle on and gathered round the radiogram. The result? A feast for the ears, with an array of guest artists and supporting musicians, and of course harp playing of the highest magnitude. (more…)

Building Confidence in holes 7-10

Harmonica UK – Lockdown Sessions

Thank you for joining my HarmonicaUK Zoom session on accessing and playing the top end of the diatonic harmonica. Thanks also to Jason Ricci for joining us live from New Orleans with some wonderful insights into playing solo harmonica.

If you’d like to learn more about specific aspects of diatonic playing, feel free to contact me for 1:1 tuition. Alternatively come and sit in on our free weekly Workshop Group where we can share your questions and make you feel welcome.

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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.