Is the Harmonica Hard to Learn to Play?
Is the harmonica hard to learn to play?
Lots of people will say "Yes it is hard to learn play" and I say:
"No, it is not hard to learn to play the harmonica".
There's lots of great things you do very quickly, very easily on the harmonica that sound wonderful.
Because it is a mouth instrument and because it is pre-tuned and set up with chords down on the end, where blow gives you one chord and draw gives you another chord, there are lots of songs that you can quickly and easily do with the right orientation to the instrument that's what JP Allen's Harmonica Lessons will do for you.
Now, if you want to play at superspeed like bluegrass player Mike Stevens, or like rock/blues player Jason Ricci, something like that,
that takes lots and lots of practice - you have to refine your skill set.
There are specific skills that you learn to play the harmonica - among them are:
single note technique,
tongue blocking technique,
- those are the basics and they will take you a long way.
Part of the reason harmonica is not hard to learn to play, when approached correctly, is that it can easily be practiced every day.
You see, learning an instrument is very much a matter of putting the time in, and with something that doesn't have to be tuned and can be easily carried, yes, you can put the time in - I don't care how busy you are.
In fact, you will be more effective with the rest of your life, putting in the time on the harmonica every day, because you'll be oxygenating your bloodstream with the extra breathing that you do playing the harmonica
- so you'll think clearer, better, faster by putting in your practice.
So yes, you can learn to play and it will be a whole lot of fun
- the whole process can and should be fun to learn to play the harmonica.