Wanna come to the 2017 Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii?

By JP Allen

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YES! Because the other retreats sold out so fast, I’ll be hosting an additional 5-day harmonica retreat in my hometown of Kauai, Hawaii (for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players).

I’m limiting this retreat to only 7 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica dreams and challenges.

DATES:
-February 7 till February 11th, 2017: SOLD OUT!
-February 27 till March 3rd, 2017: SOLD OUT!
-March 13 till March 17th, 2017: Only 1 spot available.
-July 10 till July 14, 2017: Just announced! 5 spots available.

If you want to be put on the waitlist for a retreat which is sold out, email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.com. (There’s a reasonable chance that someone will drop out).Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

In addition, because my retreats tend to sell out fast, email Jessica now if you want her to give you first dibs on upcoming dates that have not yet been formally announced. 

COST: Packages start at $1,250. Students who have attended one of my previous retreats are eligible for a 15% discount. In addition, scholarships and payment plans available for students in financial need.

What Is a Harmonica Retreat In Hawaii?

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Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

It’s a musical harmonica vacation that you will remember for the rest of your life … a time for resting, relaxing, basking in the beauty of Hawaii — and getting a whole lot better at playing the harmonica with a bluesy, soulful sound!

I’d love to share a bit of my life in Kauai with you and send you home with some great memories as well as a new-found confidence and enthusiasm for this awesome little instrument.

Where is the Retreat?

Right on the ocean at the Hotel Coral Reef on the island of Kauai! This hotel is a super sweet, cozy, locally owned high-end venue (only several blocks from my home).

I’m pleased to say I’ve made arrangements for you to get a special discount at the Coral Reef Hotel (prices range from $129 to $189 per night depending on availability).

KApaa Bike PathYou’ll be enjoying ocean breezes and a gorgeous view for your entire stay. And it’s right on the epic Kapaa bike path, in the best part of town with a short walk to many awesome restaurants and entertainment.

To get the special discount you will need to call the owner Chris Blair at (808) 822-4481 or email him at reservations@hotelcoralreefresort.com. Let him know you are one of my students and if you can afford an ocean-view room… Go for it!. To check out the Coral Reef, visit www.hotelcoralreefresort.com.

There are also two hostels and one campground in Kapaa that are also walking distance from the Hotel Coral Reef. Prices start around $30 per night based on availability. (For the campground see: https://goo.gl/Ud8UFF . For hostels see: https://goo.gl/qoPncg )
If you like to drive, there are tons of options! See “Are There Other Options for Accommodations?” in the FAQ section below.

Ready to Upgrade Your Blues Mojo?amp

I’m going to show how to sound bluesy and “play the blues” by using some simple techniques that aren’t too hard to do. Knowing how to confidently bend your notes is one of the cornerstones to blues harmonica. If you don’t already know how to bend, I won’t let you leave Hawaii until you can hit at least one if not all of the draw bends! 🙂

What will you learn?

If you find bending challenging, you’re going to experience a vast improvement before the retreat is over.

You’re going to:

  • Develop your bluesy lead-harmonica skills,Humpback 1
  • Master some of your favorite songs,
  • Develop your ability to play by ear,
  • Learn how to make that harmonica sound sweet and beautiful using some easy to learn hand positions and mouth techniques,
  • Learn to jam and improvise when playing with other musicians. We’ll explore blues, country blues, rock, and the folk styles typified by musicians like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

If you’ve got specific techniques or interests you want help with, we can cover these topics in your private lessons (if we don’t cover them in group classes).

If you want me to send you home with a clear, custom-designed training program to inspire you for months to come, just let me know. It would be my pleasure.

Here’s What Other Students Said:

“I learned everything I wanted to learn and more.”
“JP, you changed my life more than you know.”
“I loved jamming together.”
“Experience of a lifetime.”

What Are The Benefits To Limiting A Retreat To Only 7 Students?

I’ll be the only teacher for this retreat. So, although you won’t get the benefit of learning from other awesome harmonica teachers, you’ll get more one-on-one attention from me than you would in a large retreat.

My last retreat in 2015 was a huge success. There were four teachers and 23 students from four continents. But I felt a bit bummed because I wasn’t able to give people as much close-up guidance as I would have liked. (I’m not currently making any plans for another large retreat, but I may at some point).

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My first harmonica retreat back in 2011 was small. It was laid back, and I enjoyed getting to know every student. So I’m going back to my roots! In this upcoming retreat, the group lessons will be custom tailored to your specific harmonica interests and everyone who attends will receive a minimum of one private lesson from me.

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How Good At Harmonica Do You Have To Be To Attend This Retreat?

The retreat will be tailored to beginners and intermediate harmonica players. I recommend you complete a minimum of 50% of my Happy Harpin’ video lessons prior to coming.

What If You’re An Advanced Harmonica Player?

If you consider yourself an advanced harmonica player, you’ll probably learn a few new things but this event may not be right for you. I have had advanced students come to my past beginning/intermediate level retreats but they seemed to be the type of person that gets a lot of satisfaction out of helping other students. If you want to come, let’s talk about it. (Email me at retreat@harmonica.com)

How Will Your Days Be Structured?

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This retreat is structured so you’ll have a nice balance between harmonica fun and time to relax and check out the gorgeous island of Kauai.
If you’re looking for an experience in which you play harmonica all day and night every day, this is probably not the right event for you.
On three of the evenings, you’ll be done with classes by 5:00 p.m., and on two mornings, you won’t start till 2:00 p.m., so you’ll definitely have time to go to the beach, take a hike, get a massage, or check out local music performances and Hawaiian entertainment.

The cool thing is that if you’re bringing a guest, you’ll have ample time to hang out with them, go out to dinner and share the experience of being in Kauai. Kauai’s massive white-sand beaches, canyons, waterfalls, and lush tropical mountains will blow your mind.

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If you’re coming alone and you would prefer to play harmonica “all day, every day”, just let me know in advance and I will give you a rigorous practice routine you can stick to during your free time.

What Happens When You Sign Up?

Once you have registered, our retreat coordinator, Jessica, will be emailing you to “dial in” the details. You can email her anytime at retreat@harmonica.com if you have any questions or concerns (or call her cell phone at 808-631-9353).

Refund Policy

You will have a full month from the time of purchase, to request a 100% refund for any reason (no questions asked). If you choose to cancel after this one-month period, you will only get a refund if we can find another student to take your spot. This policy is due to the small size of the retreat. If you need to cancel we will do our very best to find another student to take your spot in which case you will get a full refund.

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100% Satisfaction Guarantee

As with all of Harmonica.com’s offerings, you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If, on the final day of the event, you do not feel this retreat has prepared you to take your harmonica playing to the next level (and given you wonderful memories that will last a lifetime), you can request a refund and get your money back (this has never happened but I want you to have the reassurance that you’re going to have an awesome experience). You will need to attend a minimum of 80% of your classes to exercise this option.

Wanna Play On Stage With Me?

On the final evening of the retreat, we’re all going to perform together live, as one big harmonica band, after I treat you to dinner at one of my favorite, fancy ocean-view restaurants.
Of course, if you don’t want to perform, you don’t have to. You can also request a minor role in the performance… no pressure… it’s totally optional.

  What Does It Cost? And What Are the Options?

 (If you’ve attended a previous harmonica retreat with me, you’re eligible for a special 15% discount. Also, scholarships and payment plans are available for students in financial need. To apply, email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.com.)

Bronze Package
This option includes:

  • THREE GROUP LESSONS EVERY DAY: You’ll receive three 50-minute group sessions every day with me and the other students in the retreat.
  • ONE 30-MINUTE PRIVATE LESSON: Before the retreat formally begins, you’ll get one 30-minute private lesson with me. In this lesson, you’ll select a song or blues solo that you’re stoked to learn and I will also support you with any techniques you want help with.
  • TWO SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS: In addition to your private lesson, you’ll also receive two 40-minute semi-private lessons with me. Your semi-private lesson will contain only 1 or 2 other students. This way, you’ll get focused attention on whatever you need the most help with.
  • A PRIVATE IN-HOUSE CONCERT WITH A LOCAL HAWAIIAN-STYLE PERFORMER: On the fourth evening of the event (Thursday), you’ll be invited to a private in-house performance with one of Kauai’s best and brightest musicians. If you want, you can prepare a song ahead of time and get up on stage and perform (optional).
  • GRADUATION DINNER: On the final evening I’ll treat you to a fancy dinner at one of my favorite oceanside restaurants. And then, after dinner, you’ll perform together with me and the other harmonica students as part of our final celebration. (Performing on stage is optional but I’m optimistic you’ll crush it!)
  • AND FOR GOOD MEASURE: You’ll get both of my original music CDs, personally autographed to you.

(If you’ve previously attended one of my retreats, you can get a
15% discount by CLICKING HERE).

$1250: Click Here for Bronze Package

(If you would prefer a payment plan
email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.com)

Silver Package
The Silver Package includes everything in Bronze, plus:

  • Instead of one 30-minute private lesson and two semi-private lessons (as in Bronze), you’ll be upgraded to three 40-minute, private one-on-one lessons with me.
  • Your private lessons will occur every other day.

(If you have previously attended one of my retreats, you can get a
15% discount by CLICKING HERE).

$1,475: Click Here for Silver Package

(If you would prefer a payment plan
email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.

Gold Package With Mojo Coaching!

This option includes everything the retreat has to offer in the Bronze and Silver Packages, plus:

  • A “JP-CUSTOMIZED” HIGH-END HARMONICA: As part of the Gold Option, you’ll get a high-end harmonica (a Hohner Crossover or equivalent) in the key of your choice, which I will personally customize with reed gapping. If you’re having trouble with your bends, you’ll be amazed how this harmonica will help you play the blues like butter. Don’t worry, I won’t let you leave Hawaii until you can bend like a champ. 🙂
  • YOU’LL ALSO GET GOLD-LEVEL MOJO COACHING: What’s that?
    • To help prepare you for the retreat you’ll get two 50-minute Skype lessons.
    • In addition, you’ll get a personalized 75-minute training video.
      • After the first Skype lesson, I will make a personalized play-along training video.
      • As you jam along with me on the video, you will “work out” on your particular weaknesses until they become a strength.
      • For many students, feeling motivated to practice is often an issue. Your personalized video will provide you with a fun daily practice routine because all you’ll need to do is play the video and jam along with me.
      • This training video will put you on the fast track for getting the most out of your time with me in Hawaii.

(If you have previously attended one of my retreats, you can get a
15% discount by CLICKING HERE).

$2,350: Click Here for Gold Package

(If you would prefer a payment plan
email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.

Need Time To Think About This Big Adventure?

If you want to hold you a spot for three days with no deposit or obligation necessary simply email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.com (or call her cell phone at 808-631-9353). 

If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to call Jessica at any time.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click Here)

How good at harmonica do you need to be?

  • The retreat will be tailored to beginners and intermediate harmonica players.
  • You’re going to learn a lot of blues, single notes, bending, hand techniques, and I will help you select a song that you’re stoked to learn.
  • I recommend you complete a minimum of 50% of my Happy Harpin’ video lessons prior to coming but if you don’t, no worries (I’ve actually had one student who never played before coming to the retreat and he did awesomely. I didn’t slow down the classes for him but I always gave him something he could do to keep up).

How do private lessons work?

  • Easy. You call the shots. You can focus the lesson on whatever you want to learn.
  • I’ll show you how you can learn any techniques you’re having difficulties with. (For example, single notes, bending, hand techniques, etc).
  • If you want to work on a song you love, great!
  • Your time slot will be assigned when you arrive.

Where do classes take place?

  • 3o yards from the ocean at the Hotel Coral Reef on the gorgeous island of Kauai.

Where will you stay?

  • I recommend you stay is the Hotel Coral Reef which is where your lessons will take place.
  • It’s right on the bike path and walking distance to awesome restaurants and entertainment.
  • Gorgeous view, ocean breezes…heaven.
  • It’s small, high-end, locally owned, and it sells out quick so don’t hesitate in making your reservation (if you can afford an ocean-view room… Go for it!).
  • In addition, I made arrangements for you to get a special discount.
  • Contact the owner, Chris, ASAP before he sells out (reservations@hotelcoralreefresort.com or phone: (808) 822-4481).
  • For more info see www.hotelcoralreefresort.com.

OTHER OPTIONS FOR ACCOMMODATIONS

If you like to drive, there are tons of options!!!

  1. Hale Kai Kalani/Twin Hearts Vacation Rentals – Bruce Fehring: 808-346-0356 |inquiries@vacation-rental-kauai.com | www.vacation-rental-kauai.com/halekaikalani.htm |www.vacation-rental-kauai.com/twinhearts.htm.  4230 Wailapa Road, Kilauea, HI
  2. Green Acres Cottages – Tony & Diane Tran: 866-484-6347 | gacottages@gmail.com | www.greenacrescottages.com/5-0421-C Kuhio Highway, Kilauea, HI  96754  Note: Gazebo Cottage=$68.50/night ($75  less 10% discount for weekly rate.)
  1. Retreat Center at Hale Luana – Hilary Ferris: 808-346-3001 | hferris@me.com |www.kauairetreatcenter.com/Kauai_Retreat_Center/Welcome.html. 4670 Kapuna Rd. Kilauea, HI 96754
  1. Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Vilas – 808-827-8700 | Central Reservations: 866-837-4254 | http://www.westinprinceville.com/   3838 Wyllie Road, Princeville, HI 96722 United States (Another note from the travel agent mentioned above: Should be about $1350 less than the St. Regis. It’s a timeshare, with a small kitchen in the room. No beach.)
  1. Hanalei Bay Resort – 808-826-6522 CentralReservations@GrandPacificResorts.com | www.hanaleibayresort.com. 5380 Honoiki Road, Princeville, Kauai, HI 96722
  1. St Regis Princeville Resort – 808-826-9644 | Central Reservations: 866.716.8140 | www.stregisprinceville.com/contact-us/. 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kaua’i, HI 96722
  1. Kauai Sands Hotel – 866-970-4169 | reservations@kauaisandshotel.com|www.kauaisandshotel.com/420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, HI 96746 (14.4 miles south of our retreat venue, 6.3 miles north of the Lihue airport.)(Note from a past harmonica student guest: “Great low rate, but I highly recommend upgrading to get closer to the water.  The rooms are better and more updated. The rate while I was there was $75 a night – I paid $20 more and was in room 101 I believe. Great room – ask for it – end unit and close to the beach.  Coffee in the lobby always and people at the desk more than helpful. Computers available if you want to pay up for a modest fee via swiping your credit card. Within walking distance to grocery store and Starbucks.”)
  1. Aston Islander – 877-997-6667 | http://www.astonislander.com |440 Aleka Place Kapaa, HI 96746
  1. So Cal Hot Properties: – 949-229-3085 | www.socalhotproperties.com. 4646 Wailapa Rd. (1.1 miles from our retreat venue) | House + attached in-law suite with private entrance
  2. ECONOMY OPTIONS: There are also two hostels and one campground in Kapaa that are also walking distance from my the Hotel Coral Reef. Prices start around $30 per night based on availability. (For the campground see: https://goo.gl/Ud8UFF . For hostels see: https://goo.gl/qoPncg ).

Are meals provided?

  • Meals are not provided but there are plenty of options within just walking distance from my house.
  • To see a list of restaurants on Google Maps, see: https://goo.gl/HkBl6M

Which airport should you fly into?

  • The Lihue International Airport (LIH) in Kauai.
  • I recommend you book your flights as soon as possible due to Hawaii’s popularity as a travel destination.
  • I recommend you rent a car if possible but you can also take a taxi or bus.
  • For a list of taxi options on Google, you can see this link: https://goo.gl/rRv8pL

What is the refund policy?

  • After paying your tuition, you will have a full month to request a 100% refund for any reason. If you choose to cancel after this one-month period, we will also refund you in full if we can find another student to take your spot. In addition, if you have a last-minute emergency, you can apply your tuition to a future harmonica retreat.

Are there scholarships, discounts or payment plan available?

  • Yes. If you’ve attended a previous harmonica retreat with me, you’re eligible for a special 15% discount. Also, scholarships and payment plans are available for students in financial need. To apply, email Jessica at retreat@harmonica.com.

Which harmonics (and other stuff) should you bring?

For this retreat, only four harmonicas are REQUIRED. You can get them from us or save a buck and get them from Amazon. (Sorry, Amazon is impossible for us to compete with.)

    • One “A Harmonic Minor” Harmonica – I recommend Lee Oscar (CLICK HERE to get one on Amazon).
    • Three Major Harmonicas – You’ll need the keys of A, C and D. I recommend the Hohner Special 20 or the Hohner Crossover.
    • Not necessary – chromatic harmonica: I don’t play the chromatic harmonica, so we won’t be using it.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU BRING? 

  • IMPORTANT: A digital recorder of any kind (your smartphone is fine). You are encouraged to record group lessons and private lesson(s) if you want.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Sun block.
  • Bandages and antibiotic cream: If you get a cut, staph infections are very common in Hawaii due to humidity.
  • Clothing – a few suggestions:
    • Lightweight rain jacket
    • Thong sandals – a lot of people in Hawaii like to wear “slippers”
    • A sun hat
    • A bathing suit if you choose to swim.

Who can you talk to about any special needs or requests?

  • Jessica will give you speedy email responses to any logistical questions you might have (or she will forward your message to me). You can email her anytime at retreat@harmonica.com (or call her cell phone at 808-631-9353).

P.S. For many years, I worked as a marriage counselor and a life coach so it would be my pleasure to help you cultivate your enthusiasm for doing what you love.

P.P.S. If you can’t make it to beautiful Hawaii this year, I’m sure you’ll love my Harmonica Home Study Course. Click here to check out my “World’s Favorite Harmonica Home Study Course”

JP Allen

JP Allen believes that anyone can learn to play harmonica. Are you a beginner or intermediate who is looking for an especially easy approach to getting good fast? Do you think it would be fun to play blues or some of your favorite songs with minimal practice? Then CLICK HERE for JP's Beginners Harmonica Lessons, the world’s only 100% play-along harmonica video lessons.

Comments (73)

  • Arthur Hakalani Pacheco

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    aloha JP,

    I’d love to take you up on this fabulous offer. Having lived in the Islands for many years, I now live in Las Vegas, and it’s a great change, as you can imagine. I’m only writing to let you know that I am in the process of getting your home course, and soon, will be jamming along with the rest of your students.
    From what I have experienced with your giveaway lessons, I love them and have learned a whole lot. Your style is very easy to grasp, and that’s a great thing, having tried to take lessons from others who were great players, but not teachers.
    I didn’t know that such a thing was possible, now I know it is. So good luck on all you do, and looking forward to going back to my beloved Hawaii Nei. aloha pumehana, Arthur Hakalani Pacheco

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    • JP Allen

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      I wish you could make it back to Hawaii for the retreat Arthur, but I know you are going to really love my home study course! Please keep me updated on your progress! Happy Harpin’ jp

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  • Flat

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    JP, This sounds awesome! I’m in the middle of grad school right now so don’t have the time. I do have your study course and it has gotten me over several plateaus after plodding along on my own for several years. Its well worth the $! Thanks for the emails that come, they keep the harp on my mind.
    Flat.

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    • JP Allen

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      All the best in grad school Flat! So wonderful to hear that you are enjoying my video lessons and newsletters. Happy Harpin’ jp

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  • phil hintze

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    Thanks for the offer JP! Sounds like a blast, but I’ll be in Mexico during that time. I have your harmonica course, and have been saving it for a time when I won’t be so busy. Looking forward to it!

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    • JP Allen

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      Looking forward to the possibility of hanging out with you soon!
      jp

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  • Amir

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    It’s really great!!
    And the date is on my break too, is wonderful
    I hope i could prepare the money before it get full.

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    • JP Allen

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      Right on! I hope you can make it. You email me at retreat@harmonica.com. Happy Harpin’ jp

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  • JEAN PARKER

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    Dear JP Allen, I got my first compliment the other day! Someone thought the music was coming from the television and didn’t realize I was just playing the scales and practicing my breathing. Funny as it sounds, I had to laugh but it made me feel good. Thank you for your lessons!!

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks for sharing Jean!
      jp

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  • JP Allen

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    I hope so too Josh,
    jp

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  • Patsy Frizzell

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    Dear JP Allen,
    This would be a dream come true for me. I’m not sure at this moment whether my real estate sale will close in time for me to be able to come before the other students have enrolled.

    Patsy

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    • JP Allen

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      I do hope your sale goes through and you can make it Patsy! We are going to have so much fun! At the moment, there are spots left, so if you’d like to hold your spot you can contact me at retreat@harmonica.com. Thanks, jp

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  • Larry Herzog Jr.

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    Wow, this sounds awesome!

    The price sounds reasonable, but this doesn’t work out for my current schedule. I would LOVE to start planning now on attending a subsequent event if all goes well and you decide to do this again next year. (my wife would love to go to Hawaii again) 🙂

    Best of luck with the workshop…I’m jealous!!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hi Larry, sorry to hear you can’t attend this one, it would be awesome if you and your wife could make it back to Hawaii again and we could jam together. I’ll keep you updated on future event plans! jp

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  • Dana Williams

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    JP, I am so excited to get your Hawaii offer. At this time I’m not sure if I could get the money to go, although I’ve never been there and would love to go. I bought your Harmonica lessons 2 years ago after many attempts to find a teacher here at home – to no avail. I love your style of teaching and I am happy to say that I’m finally able to play, but not like I’d like to. I would love to go to your retreat, that would be a dream come true. Thank you for the offer. I’ll keep you posted!

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    • JP Allen

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      I’d love to host you Dana! We are going to have so much fun! jp

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  • Greg

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    Oh how I would love to leave Missouri to Jam in Hawaii, but I won’t be able to swing it this year. In addition to being a great teacher you seem like you’d be a fun person to hang out with, and the opportunity to have a local show you around sounds like a huge bonus too. It’s like an opportunity to rent JP Allen for a week 🙂

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    • JP Allen

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      It’s gonna be fun Greg, I hope you can join us in the future! jp

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  • Txtreeman

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    I’m wondering if all the spots have filled for the private lessons? I’m interested in signing up for this if there are still open spots?

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    • JP Allen

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      Yes, currently there are spots available, and we’d love to have you! Feel free to contact me at retreat@harmonica.com.
      jp

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  • Greg

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    JP, I hope all is well with you.
    I was hoping you’d do it again.
    We wanted to come to Kauai for our 10th aniversary but couldn’t.
    We got married on Kauai on 9-9-01.
    If I could get the funds together then this could be our chance.

    Greg

    ps. Is Larry Rivera still performing on the island? He performed at our wedding. He was fun to be around as we saw him later that week.

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    • JP Allen

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      Yes Greg, I’m so stoked…the last one was such a blast…hope you and your wife can make this one. Let me know. (Larry River is still playing around Kauai). jp

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  • Mark Redd

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    JP, I have tried and tried to figure out a way to make it out because I have always wanted to see the islands and the thought of learning from you directly would be an honor. I hope you start doing this more often than just once a year. It would give us a better chance to come up with the money for the trip. And for you lucky folks I just want to say congratulations.
    Wishing I could be there Mark

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Mark, I would love to have you come too, it would be great to jam with you…I do plan on keeping this up as it’s been a real blast. Saving you a place for the next round.
      Warmly,
      jp

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  • Martin

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    Aloha JP!

    I took my Dad to the Veteran’s Hospital (Tripler) here on Oahu the other day for an overnight stay. When he was sleeping I found a quiet spot (away from the patients) and was playing my Harp. The next day a staff member asked me if that was me playing the Harmonica the “yesterday” and I said that it was. He said that he had to stop and listen and taht he’d “never heard anyone play the Harmonica like that before!” He made my day. THANK YOU!!!!

    R/
    Martin

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    • JP Allen

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      …And thanks for making my day Martin…Love it! jp

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  • jim crain sr.

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    We are counting the nights before we get to leave here in Hamilton, New Zealand and come to your harmonica retreat. Its the best thing off my “Bucket List” and can hardly wait to get started jamming with you. I hope to be a lot more than just a beginner when we leave you. Thanks so much for the invite and the special personal phone call from you. See ya, jim and rosie crain sr.

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    • JP Allen

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      So looking forward to jamming with you both, and hanging out on beautiful Kauaui. jp

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  • Nick Wan

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    JP, the way you live life and view the world inspires me greatly! I just started learning harmonica from your videos, after I got out of a month long blues. Life was getting intense (I’m in college now, and I’m feeling the pre-graduation pressures), but every time I pick up my harmonica to practice I feel like everything is cool. I don’t think I’ll be able to come to this year’s retreat, but I really hope you host another one again sometime soon! You seem like a real genuine guy, and your videos always lift my spirit! Thanks man!

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    • JP Allen

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      Your so welcome Nick….and I’m saving a space for you in my next retreat. Would love to hang out with you. jp

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  • Ernie Gehrke

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    JP,

    The invitation is a welcomed and much needed getaway. Sadly I am still recovering from an injury that led to a brush with death. Now I am a disabled firefighter after 4 back surgeries I still do not get around very well. I wish I could take you up on your offer, but I wanted to take the time to tell you that learning to play the harp has been true therapy for me. It brightens my day and I am determined to play well. Thank you for your smiling ambitious instructions. You are inspiring me to get back on my feet and do things. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!

    Sincerely,

    Your biggest fan,

    Ernie Gehrke

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    • JP Allen

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      Thank You Ernie. I’m humbled by the sacrifices you have made to help people. I truly hope I can continue to be a help to you in bringing music into your life. I’m holding a space for you in the next retreat. Many blessings, jp

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  • Dr. Bene Ferenc

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    Hi, dear Apostle, I’m awful sorry to miss your fantastic Retreat, but in soul I will take part therein. All the Best!!!
    Franki

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    • JP Allen

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      Hope you can join us at the next retreat, we’ll have a blast. jp

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  • Dr. Bene Ferenc

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    Awsome wonderful!
    May Peace and Good Will Always Be Yours!
    Franki

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    • JP Allen

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      …and you too Franki. jp

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  • Lauretta

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    Hey JP as of today I have officially put your lessons, and then the retreat, on my bucket list. I mean, I really want to play harmonica, and your free lessons have been very helpful. And things on the bucket list have to happen, so both items are officially ON the list.

    I recently had a family member in the hospital, and I very softly played my harmonica in his room when it seemed right. It helped me, anyway.

    Best wishes with the retreat and as a thought, no comparison but maybe you can come up Seattle way and do a harmonica retreat for us here!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Lauretta, I’ll try to make my way up to Seattle…thanks for playing for your relative in the hospital, I’m sure it was helpful to them too. jp

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  • Sarah Hill

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    Hi J.P.,
    I am sorry to say I cannot make it to Hawaii…..I pray that God will bless you and yours.
    Sincerely,
    Sarah

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    • JP Allen

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      Thank you Sarah for your warmth and blessings. Hope to see you sometime in Hawaii. jp

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  • Peter B.

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    Dear JP.
    I would sincerly love to be part of your hawaiian dream course,but alas,due to financial restraints and a wife who needs caring for ,i can but only dream. i thank you for the lessons so far.
    Take care and God bless.,Peter B.

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    • JP Allen

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      I understand Peter, I hope things get easier for you. Keep me posted on your progress. jp

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  • Paul H.

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    Aloha J.P.
    Thanks for the tip I truly appreciate it, that was one of my biggest problem well that and the fact that I can’t play the
    damn thing yet key word there is YET. I would love to join you
    at your retreat and well seeing Hawaii would be a bad side show either. Unfortunately finances just won’t allow it at this point. I do plan to by your lesson anyway. Thanks again for everything and as for a teacher or instructor your the one that
    would get the most out of anyone……TAKE CARE!

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks Paul, and I like the word “YET”. Keep it up. jp

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    • JP Allen

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      You got it, thanks for your enthusiasm. jp

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  • Sherry

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    I’m coming, so flippin stoked! Bringing my kemosobie along, so I emailed you too, per your instructions to set up these kind of arrangements …

    Looking forward to a life-changing event

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    • JP Allen

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      So equally stoked you’re coming Sherry! Looking forward to jamming with you. jp

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  • jim crain sr.

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    My wife and I went to the last retreat and we are still talking about it. JP is the neatest guy around. Truly laid back. We had a ball and the two videos we made that are on you tube have given me a thrill I will never forget…. Wow, what a teacher he is. I am still doing my cd’s from him and learning more every day. I wish JP all the luck in the world with his new retreat…. God bless America. Thank you, jim crain sr. Hamilton, New Zealand

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  • Chris

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    I know this sounds really stupid but I was actually handed a free harmonica with a bottle of whisky purchased recently. Made me think it was about time I actually put some time into learning to play something. I have a lot of friends who enjoy various instruments but never seriously looked at doing the same myself.
    Several lessons in, and a usable harmonica in the mail. I really enjoy your style of teaching and absolutely agree that having fun along the way is the key to motivation.
    Thanks for your work!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Chris,

      That’s so funny. You got a free harmonica with bottle of whisky…. I totally agree. Having fun makes getting good a lot easier.

      jp

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  • Patrick

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    I have never been exactly blessed when it comes to music but after learning from your free lesson and actually just giving it a go I have maybe discovered something that I can actually play. I am going to get your course and actually give it a go, thanks for making everything so much simpler than what it always has been.

    Patrick

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    • JP Allen

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      Great news Patrick. I’m thrilled to you’re making progress and ready to take on the lessons…let me know how it goes. jp

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  • Martin Grant

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    Aloha JP! People tell me the hardest thing about learning to play harps is to breath when they play, bend notes and how to play single notes. I tell them that you teach all this stuff and MORE and reccomend you all the time. I tell them just because someone is a good player does not mean they are a good teacher, but in your case, you are both. I love playing Harmonica and Guitar. I also sing and write my own songs. Now I wanna tackle the recorder or flute!!! THANKS AGAIN for the great lessons!
    R/
    Martin

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks for the plug Martin and your appreciation. Have fun with the flute. jp

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  • Jasper

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    Hey JP!

    This sounds really awesome… Too bad I can not go this year, and probably not next year. I will see if I can go someday. I sure hope so!
    Have a nice day,
    Jasper

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    • JP Allen

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      Looking forward to a jam with you Jasper. jp

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  • Jim Mohatt

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    YES, I put my deposit on the retreat! My spot is cinched! It will be a huge surprise to my wife to go to Hawaii for our 35th wedding anniversary! I have just completed the cd lessons, now i am doing the blues cd set, I am loving it!! OK, I feel a little funny, it’s really a selfish gift since I’m the player, not her! But I am sure she will have plenty To do in Hawaii while I am in lessons! I AM SO EXCITED TO LEAVE IOWA! Really, this is only the second time her and I have left the country for a vacation. Puerto Rico is very nice, but no harmonicas! Just Rum! Not a total loss! This is going to be a life changing event for us, Thank you JP!

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m super excited too that you and your wife will be joining us. We’re gonna have a blast! jp

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  • Rebecca

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    Dear JP, I play everyday on the way to visit my mother at the rest home, since I started your lessons a few months ago. Your invitation brought tears to my eyes of a future dream that some day I could have the honor to play with you and others. I only went on line to find out about a missing page in my mothers old harmonica book and I ran into your lessons. It’s made my life so much more fun. Thank you and Stephenie for the great lessons. I’m glad to hear Hal is doing well. Have a great Retreat! I’ll be looking forward to meeting you when I finally get there,till then, I’m Saving and Dreaming and Playing.

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m looking forward to your joining us too someday. I’m glad you’re having fun with the lessons. Hope you’re also playing for your mother. jp

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      • Rebecca

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        Hi JP, Life has been hectic lately and I just keep trying to get it all done. Thankfully, I keep my harmonica tucked in hand,to cheer me up. I have been practicing Happy Birthday, to play at the Rest Home. I hope to hear from you soon. I’m missing your e-mails. I hope all is well with you. RG

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  • Ann

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    JP, learning the harmonica is on my bucket list. I started your online classes one month ago and just wanted to tell you what a great instructor you are. Your lessons are explained very well and I have been having so much fun. I am up to lesson 36 so far and can hardly wait to see what’s coming up next. I am hoping by the time I get to the end you will have more lessons available. Thank you so much for making these online lessons. you have proven that you can teach an old dog new tricks! Haven’t had this much fun in a long time. Ann

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Ann, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying the lessons. Shoot me an email sometime and keep me up on your progress. jp

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  • Robert

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    When I saw the view from your house in the videos, I thought either the Big Island or Kauai. Now I know it’s Kauai. You live on one nice island…brah!

    Lived in Ewa Beach for quite a few years. First as a Sailor, then as a Honolulu police officer. The Na Pali Coast is one of my favorite parts of Hawaii. If you can go, don’t miss it!

    Unfortunately, I can’t get to your course, but just couldn’t resist telling folks that the north shore of Kauai is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth. If I moved back to Alohaland, that would be on my short list of places to live.

    By the way, one of my biggest regrets in life is not learning a musical instrument. I’m making up for it now! Right now, I’m learning harmonica, tin whistle, and bones (being Irish, I’m a BIG traiditional Irish music fan!) So far, I’m enjoying your course very much. Thanks lots, JP!

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  • Nick Blanch

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    Wow ! what treat of a retreat, can’t wait to meet up with you JP, thank you, very best wishes Nick UK

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m really looking forward to it also Nick. It’s going to be a blast! jp

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  • maxine jones

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    I am so happy for everyone that can make the trip, unfortunately,,I will never be able to be there. I do hope one day You two can take these lessons and put them on a CD,There is so much to learn from you two ..I wd. love to know what holes, and how George JOnes’s harp player makes the sounds that is on his life-time-music..CD”S..I would ask that question if I was ever going to be in one of your classes..I have your Blues From The Vault..

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    • JP Allen

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      That’s a great suggestion Maxine, to record some of the retreat sessions. Thanks for your input. jp

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  • Rick

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    Hey JP, love your happy sharpen lessons, I am now on my 3rd disc, iI’ll wait till next year to come to your island harp retreat ,I want to be a little better when I come for that so I can absorb much better! Thanx again for your time with this great lessons! Rick

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    • JP Allen

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      Right on Rick…I’ll be saving a seat for you. jp

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