Harmonica Lessons in NYC


General Information:

For harmonica lessons in Manhattan, Brookyn, Queens and the Bronx:

I teach private lessons on chromatic harmonica and diatonic harmonica. I am one of the only harmonica players with a degree in harmonica from an accredited 4 year university. I have 15 years of experience as a teacher, and I currently teach both children and adults of all ages and experience levels.

Private lessons are an hour long and tailored to each student's individual needs. Lessons include instructional materials and play along mp3s. Lessons are held at my studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn studio or via webcam (near the Bergen 2, 3 trains or the Atlantic Ave 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, N, R and F trains); or I can travel to your home or office in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens.

A 10 hole C major diatonic harmonica or 12 or 16 hole C chromatic harmonica is required. You can find them at most music stores or online at Coast To Coast Music.

Contact me to schedule your first lesson.

Webcam Lessons

Webcam lessons are available using Skype. It works the same as in person lessons except that there is a very slight delay. So instead of playing together I will demonstrate by playing for you examples that are notated in a pdf and on your end you will play along with prerecorded mp3s of me playing playing harmonica and guitar as accompanyment. I will then offer instructions and suggestions of how you can improve.

Lesson Cost

The cost is $70 for a 1-hour private lesson in my studio or via webcam, or $100 for a 1-hour lesson if I travel to you. Weekly lessons are discounted by $10 per class and are scheduled and prepaid at the beginning of each month.

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Lesson Types

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will be charged full lesson price. Frequent cancellations and rescheduling may result in loss of weekly time slot.

Sample 12 Week Syllabus for Beginner Diatonic Harmonica

Week 1
Holding the Harmonica
Single Notes and Embouchure
Tone Production and Breathing
Major Scale
Basic Improvisation
Song: Duke's Place
2nd Position intro
Week 2
Song: Hoochie Coochie Man riff
Intro to Bending
Focus - 3 draw half step bend
Song: Mannish Boy
Hand vibrato
Week 3
Basic Blues Improv
Song: Can't Be Satisfied
Scale degrees
Roots for I, IV, V Chords
12 bar Blues Structure
Song: Evil
Week 4
Focus - 4 draw bend
Song: I Need My Baby
Quick IV Change
Week 5
Focus - 2 draw whole step bend
Song: Low Rider
Throat Vibrato
Week 6
Blues Scale
Song: Baby Please Don't Go
Leggato Vs. Sattacato
Roots in 2nd Octave
Week 7
Blues Scale extended
Different Song Forms
Song: Corinna, Corinna
Week 8
Tongue Blocking
Song: Rainin' In My Heart
Upper Register
Week 9
Focus - 3 Draw whole step bend
Song: When The Saints
Country Scale
Week 10
Focus - cahnging from 3 Draw whole step to half bend
Song: Off The Wall
Country Scale Extended
Week 11
Blow Bends
Song: Caldonia
Minor Blues
Keying Songs
Week 12
Patern Based Playing
Arrpegios Scale Patterns
3 Octave Major Scales
3rd Position