Have you ever wanted to play the harmonica? There are so many reasons to start! 

1. Super portable

2. No cords or cables

3. Affordable

4. Always in tune

5. No strings to change

6. Learn principles of music

7. Can play alone or with others

8. A musical way to hyperventilate.

9. No but really though, rhythmic breathing is good for your stress levels and immune system. :-)

10. Making music is a fun distraction from real life! 

Join me, Allie Lee, for a series of eight lessons in beginning straight harmonica!

You will need:

  1. A “C” harmonica

  2. The ability to NOT wear chapstick, lip gloss, or lipstick when you play! (I learned that the hard way)

  3. Zoom downloaded on your phone, iPad, or computer

  4. Earbuds with built-in mic to plug into the device you use for Zoom

  5. Internet access

  6. Email account

  7. Enjoyment of common American folk songs

  8. A can-do attitude!

About Allie

I began playing harmonica in 2011 with my band The Whipstitch Sallies when our lead player was unable to work with us one summer. Out of necessity, I picked up harmonica so that the bass player and I could create more musical texture in our songs. A former 7th grade Language Arts Teacher, I've taught private guitar and banjo lessons, workshops, and camps. I'm also a Wernick Method instructor, trained in teaching folks how to play in bluegrass jams. Since 2016, I've been playing harmonica (as well as guitar, banjo, and singing) with my husband Frank in our duo (cleverly named Frank & Allie Lee).

The e-course will focus on playing in first position, although I'm playing in second position in this video. 

About This E-COURSE

This e-course is happening because

1. someone on Facebook asked for it

2. we're in lockdown due to COVID-19 and can't travel/work as usual

3. I have time to plan and teach it due to #2

4. I have never taught an online workshop series before! I see this as a good opportunity to learn how to teach virtually!

Skills

At the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Hold the harmonica to play acoustically (without a mic).

  2. Backup a lead player or singer by playing 1, 4, and 5 chords in rhythm (I, IV, V).

  3. Play single notes by blowing and drawing on every hole.

  4. Play “C” and “G” arpeggios.

  5. Play an ascending and descending C scale.

  6. Play simple melodies using single notes.

  7. Play folk songs by playing chords (when someone is playing lead or singing) and by playing the lead when it’s your turn.

  8. Play backup and lead in an arrangement you create of a folk song of your choice!

Format

I will host a Zoom meeting for all the workshop participants on 

Wednesdays

at 2:00pm EDT

from April 22-June 10.

  1. Zoom Meetings will be recorded and sent to all participants.

  2. Materials for the next lesson will be digitally provided here in this website on Wednesday evening or Thursday so you can practice all week before the next Zoom meeting.

  3. The purpose of the Zoom meeting is to see each other, ask questions, clarify the content, play, listen to each other, re-teach if needed, elaborate on the content, and share information to prepare you for next lessons. I won't be planning to instruct/introduce new important content during the Zoom meeting because I don’t fully trust the technology to work! Instead, you’ll process the new info on your own, and then we will do stuff with it in the meeting. Like a college class. But without the stress of a grade. :D

Payment

Because it’s my first time teaching a Zoom course and also my first time teaching a harmonica course, I don’t feel comfortable being strict with y’all paying me. You are my guinea pigs! I’m going to be learning a LOT from you!

 

On top of that, the economic situation is such that some folks are not able to pay a lot because they are out of work, while others are being paid but not going to work. And of course some are still working while also having extra stress like homeschooling or caring for family members. 

 

So, I would like to offer a “pay what you are able” model. 

 

If we were meeting for 30-minute lessons in pre-lockdown life, I would have charged $15/lesson.

So the suggested amount will be $120 ($15 x 8 lessons),

but no one will be turned away for not being able to pay.

Pay what you can.

And if you are able to pay more, that is welcome! 

 

You can pay all at once or week by week, whichever you prefer. I don’t even need payment for you to sign up. Just fill out the form below and you’re in!

 

Also….I’m totally down with bartering. There’s stuff I need that is extra-expensive or hard to access right now that you might have! If this interests you, let’s chat. Things that can be mailed and that my family needs will be considered (baby items, all-purpose or bread flour, haircutting shears and trimmer, an iPad, flower bulbs/seeds, a box of produce from your garden...). :D 

 

Payments can be made in any of these ways:

  1. PayPal.me/frankandallie (please uncheck the box for goods and services)

  2. Google Pay to frankandalliemusic@gmail.com

  3. Venmo to @Allie-Lee-19

  4. Credit Card using this link

  5. Check to Allie Lee, PO Box 175 Bryson City, NC 28713

Ready to sign up?

This e-course is limited to 15 participants.

Sign up today!

Registration

To register for Allie's Beginning Straight Harmonica workshop, please fill out the information below.