The diatonic harmonica is perhaps the most underestimated instrument, perhaps because it's so misunderstood. Most who pick it up don't study or even know of the techniques which give a mature voice to this undervalued "toy." But once learned, it can sing with expression like any other instrument in the band. I'd love to show you how.
My approach is to teach like I've learned: by understanding the harmonica in the same musical framework that all instruments are studied in. Knowing the notes, chords, scales, theory, and structure beneath the music, the player is empowered to tackle anything--just like any other instrument can. The harmonica need not be limited to only folk and blues, though it indeed does these timeless traditions quite well!
In an age of high tech alternatives, in-person tutelage remains the most effective way to learn. While online study options abound--ie, youtube and commercial video sites--consider this: The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education recently did a study on massive open online courses (known as MOOCs). After examining a million users, the researchers found that, on average, only about half of those who registered for a course ever viewed a lecture, and only about 4 percent completed the courses. So to get the best results, study with a teacher incarnate!
If you're interested in unlocking the music of this amazing little instrument, please contact me about setting up a lesson. Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced player looking to expand your techniques, I'd be happy to share with you what I've learned from 20+ years of playing.