Student Pathways

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The Starter Pathway

In this first section you will learn fundamental techniques of the harmonica, how to hold the harmonica, where the notes are located, how to breathe properly, going from hole to the next and a lot more. If you're a getting started or looking to go back to explore essential techniques and The Starter Pathway  walks you through what you need to start building a solid foundation on your instrument.

Moving On Pathway

The intermediate courses are designed for players who have been playing for at least 3 years and are familiar with the layout of the harmonica. By the end of Level 2 you should be able to:

  1. Locate any note easily and fast throughout the octave
  2. Know basic major and minor scales
  3. Play the blues scale in different keys
  4. Read music sheet and understand chord symbols
  5. Play simple pop, folk or jazz tunes
  6. Play by heart diatonic arpeggios in all keys

The Improviser Pathway

This section concentrates on teaching jazz improvisation and advanced chromatic harmonica techniques. By the end of Level 3 a successful student should be able to: 

  1. Improvise over jazz standards
  2. Learn improvisation concepts
  3. Develop a jazz repertoire 
  4. Know the bebop scales in all 12 keys
  5. Play effortlessly in all tempo and in all 12 keys
  • I’ve been following the lessons in intermediate harmonica technique since I signed on two weeks ago. I’ve found them challenging, but rewarding. I’m progressing slowly because each night as I practice I go back to lessons I’ve completed before I take on a new lesson. I’m very pleased with the improvements in my playing in this short time.

  • The group of notes in 12 keys appears to be an excellent practice for learning to play different keys by ear. Would you recommend working through all the keys right off, or should I concentrate on one key until I can play tunes by ear in that key before I move on to another key?

  • I recommend focusing on a single key. Through this key, you should practice arpeggios, intervals, and group of notes, and free improvisation.

  • Thanks, Yvonnick. This gives me direction for the lessons that I’ll work on. Hope to send a video of my playing soon for your evaluation.

  • Is this the forum? Any advice on how to keep my slide from sticking overnight?

  • I think you should use soap and water to clean the slide parts well and then make sure it’s not sticky anymore. That’s what I do every other day. The forum is located on the Member Course List page.

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