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 crash course 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. Internet access

  4. Email account

  5. Enjoyment of common American folk songs

  6. A can-do attitude!

  7. [OPTIONAL] App of choice/equipment for one-on-one video chatting

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 Frank & Allie Lee and our band The Freight Hoppers.

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 was created in April 2020 because

1. someone on Facebook asked for it

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

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

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


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!


You can work through the course at your own pace.

I will check in with you through email or video chat on a schedule you choose.

You can decide how much (if any) accountability and/or feedback you'd like from me.


 I offer a “pay what you are able” model for this course. 

The suggested amount is $89 ($15 x 6 lessons),

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

Pay what you feel the course is worth to you.


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!


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


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