I would like to introduce everyone to Ayana, a professional jazz singer based in New York City who recently started playing the chromatic harmonica. A true testament to it is never too late to learn something new. In less than a year she found herself playing the harmonica on stage for an audience at the church most dear to her.
Check out her interpretation of "How High the Moon" in the key of C and giver her some love in the comments section below 🙂
Interview with Ayana
When did you start learning harmonica?
Right before the pandemic began, while looking on line, I discovered Yvonnick Prene and the New York Harmonica School. For years I wanted to learn the harmonica but I could not find a teacher. As a jazz singer and music teacher I knew the benefits of working with a good teacher. You can imagine the excitement I felt finding a serious music school for the harmonica, I immediately purchased 10 lessons and have not missed a single week of lessons for almost a year.
What are your top 3 favorite songs to play?
1.Bluesette by Toots
3. Bach’s Ode to Joy
What are some of your musical goals?
1. Write music,
2. Play in band the harmonica,
3. Learn music theory and develop a curriculum centered around the harmonica
What do I like about the harmonica?
1. The development of ear training
2. The physical approach to the breathe
3. The ability to play the blues to classical
4. Odd instrument
What harmonica model(s) do you play?
Hohner Super Chromonica- CX 12 Gold
What’s your favorite courses/lessons on Harmonica Studio?
For me the systematic approach to learning music is established in the lessons. My favorites are the arpeggios that develop my technique.
What do I like about being a member of the harmonica studio and how has it helped?
Professionally as a singer, music teacher and band leader, learning from a top flight musician such as Yvonnick is essential for sharpening my musical skills.
Also, the intensity of such training promotes cognitive health in an older person, such as myself, who will be a senior citizen in a few months. Finally, the isolation caused by the pandemic has made it very necessary for me to be invested in a form of communication outside of my home.