International Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat with JP Allen and Hal Walker

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*** ANNOUNCEMENT ***

2015 HAWAIIAN HARMONICA RETREAT IS CURRENTLY SOLD OUT BUT A SPOT MAY BE OPENING SOON. If you’d like to be on the priority waiting list call 1-800-292-4963 or send an email to jp@harmonica.com

2016 HAWAIIAN HARMONICA RETREAT -> ONLY 6 SPOTS REMAIN OPEN! This intimate retreat is limited to 12 students.

If you think you would like to come to the 2016 Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat, I encourage to contact me, and I’ll hold you a spot free of charge…so you have some time to think about it before committing.
We will post 2016 dates and information soon …


The 2015 dates are:
Check In: Monday, Feb 23, 2015
Check Out: Sunday, March 1st, 2015

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In the past this event has sold out very quickly, so I don’t want you to miss out if you really want to come.

Just call 1-800-292-4963 or send me an email to jp@harmonica.com.

CLICK HERE to check out my most popular lessons for beginners.


 

What is a Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat?

1. It’s a musical harmonica vacation that you will remember for the rest of your life… a time for resting, relaxing and basking in the beauty of Hawaii…and playing a whole lot of harmonica!

2. It’s a chance for you to receive one-on-one lessons from me, JP, so you can get “un-stuck” and start really playing with soul and confidence.

3. It’s an opportunity to hang out in Hawaii and have a dang good time with me and other harmonica friends from all over the world. I wake up near the beach in Hawaii and play music every day, and I’d love to share a bit of my life with you.

You’ll return home from this Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat with a minimum of 3 new tricks that will enable you to take your harmonica skills to a new level of enjoyment (and you’ll make a few new harmonica friends, too).


 

This retreat will be small and intimate

I have chosen to make this retreat very small and special, because I really want to have time to hang out with you as well as focus on your individual dreams for harmonica.

How good at harmonica do I have to be to attend this retreat?

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or an advanced harmonica player, you’re welcome to come. The instruction will be custom designed, based on what you most want to learn.

There will be a nice mix of students (some who have been playing for only a few months in preparation for the retreat, and others who have been playing for years). In the past, many of the advanced students have enjoyed helping the beginners. You will be welcomed to help the other harmonica students if that’s your thing.

Check out some opinions from my past retreat students!

 

NEWS FLASH: A VERY SPECIAL GUEST WILL BE JOINING US!

Hal Walker

HAL IS COMING TO BLOW YOU AWAY!

Hal Walker was my first great harmonica teacher over 25 years ago (and you will receive the culmination of his life’s mission to inspire thousands to play music).

Hal and I will be joining forces to give you the harmonica experience of a lifetime. I will give a private, one-on-one 30-minute lesson to each student every day, and Hal will teach four group classes each day (two beginning/intermediate and two advanced sessions).

Before Hal, I quit music twice. First I flunked the cello, then I quit the piano. I decided music wasn’t for me and considered myself a musical trainwreck. The moment Hal started teaching me harmonica, I went into mind-boggling dimensions I only dreamed were possible.

Hal helped me become a lightning-fast harmonica player. But more than that, he developed my confidence to sing, write songs, and play any instrument I choose. He helped me fall back in love with my favorite thing about being alive…music…and I’m optimistic he’ll change your life too.

If you want to know more about Hal, you can go to: http://www.harmonica.com/hal/foundations.html

What am I going to learn?

Again, the lessons will be custom created to match your skill level and focus on what you want to learn. I would love to help you jam with other musicians, play solo-style harmonica, develop your lead harmonica skills, master some of your favorite songs, and develop your ability to play by ear. That said, it’s really up to you. You let me know what you want to do and we’ll do it!

We will focus on popular harmonica styles in the genres of blues, rock, folk, country, and gospel.

How will my days be structured?

Starting in 2014, we reworked the daily lessons schedule to offer students a whole lot more harmonica time. You will receive a 30-minute private lesson from me, JP, each and every day. Hal will be teaching the group classes between the hours of 11:15 AM and 5:45 PM. (He will teach two beginner/intermediate sessions and two advanced sessions every day).

All of Hal’s group classes are open to all students (even if you are a beginner, you can always sit in on the advanced classes to challenge your edge). Similarly, advanced students are welcome to attend the beginning/intermediate classes. (If it would be fun for you to help out the less-experienced students, I’m sure most of them would love your support.)

We will share a wonderful dinner together at 6 PM, and then in the early evening you’ll gather round with Hal for some evening jamming. Because the gorgeous Moloaa Bay is only a 5-minute walk from the retreat center, on some evenings we will head to the beach for sunset and enjoy jamming around a campfire under the stars. (Kauai is famous for its breathtaking evening skies, because the ocean air is so clean. Jupiter will be visible, and you’ll see a gazillion magnificent constellations you may have never seen before!)

I’m super stoked to share with you this incredible island I call my home.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

2015 is our fifth Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat. The others were so much fun I couldn’t resist doing another one. Once again, I’ve chosen to make it small and personal, because I want to get to know you, focus on supporting your harmonica skills, and share a bit of my life with you here in my island paradise.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

Which island?

The retreat will take place close to my home, on the north shore of Kauai.

Kauai is considered by many to be the “most beautiful” Hawaiian island, due to its massive white-sand beaches, canyons, waterfalls, and lush tropical mountains. It’s my personal favorite.

You can find out more about Kauai here: http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

Where is the retreat located?

At the Matted Root retreat at Moloaa Bay, on the north shore of Kauai, just 40 minutes from the airport.

Here are some pictures of the accommodations:

THE MATTED ROOT

The Matted Root is a beautiful, rustic, eco-friendly retreat and event sanctuary located on the island of Kauai. The land is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the gorgeous Moloaa Bay. Moloaa, which translates to “the matted root,” is known for its farming community and rural “off-the-beaten-track” feel. Matted Root buildings have been created to blend seamlessly with nature. They are constructed of reclaimed and recycled antique teak and sandalwood from 150-year-old buildings from Thailand. The structures are all working pieces of art, incorporating mosaics and statues, sacred geometry, and antique artifacts.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

You can chill out, play harmonica, or swim in the ocean. Feel free to hang with the group or head out and have your own personal adventure. Because there are so many incredible sights to see that are in close proximity, you’ll have plenty of time to scoot for an amazing Hawaiian adventure.

For more information about the Matted Root, visit:
https://www.airbnb.com/s?host_id=2008118/

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

What’s included?

The retreat includes full lodgings at the Matted Root, daily private and group lessons, delicious catered breakfasts and dinners, and time to rest and relax by the ocean or at the retreat center.

You can play as much harmonica as you want, and you’ll also have plenty of time to enjoy the mind-blowing natural wonders of Kauai.

When is it?

CHECK IN: 2 PM on Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

CHECK OUT: 11 AM on Sunday, March 1st, 2015.

Classes will officially begin on Tuesday morning, Feb 24th, 2015.

Classes will officially end on Saturday, February 28th, 2015.

One of the reasons I hold the retreat in late February is because plane fares tend to go down significantly at this time of year.

JP, what will you teach me?

I’ll help you identify your next level and then help you get there, without the sweat and tears most teachers put you through — my teaching style is very laid back, but super effective!

If you’ve got a specific technique you want to get down (like bending, or single notes, or over-blowing, harmonica amplification, etc), or if there’s a song you want to learn and improve, then bring it on!

If you’re excited to learn how to play in a band – or anything else– I’ll help you crack the mystery of how you can become a great harmonica player.

By the time you finish this retreat, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by just how much you’ve improved. You will walk away with a clearly custom-designed training program you can take home to inspire you for months to come.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

Some more details:

Eating:
This retreat deal includes a yummy breakfast and a spectacular healthy dinner & dessert Tuesday through Saturday, prepared with care by a professional chef using mostly local organic fish and meats, and vegetables from local farmers (pure vegetarian meals happily provided). If you have special food needs and preferences, Chef Danny will do his best to accommodate you upon request.

The Moloaa fruit stand, just four minutes away by car, serves exotic tropical smoothies and great lunches if you desire, or it’s just a 15-minute drive to the bakery, health food store, and fish market. Alternately, you can stock the fridge with your favorite foods and prepare your own meals. You will have access to plenty of refrigeration.

How do I get there?
You will need to arrange your own travel (this isn’t included in the cost of the retreat). I’m happy to offer recommendations. If needed, I will help you arrange a ride from the airport, to help you save money on transportation.

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What happens when I enroll?
Once you have enrolled, my personal assistant Laurie will answer all your logistical questions. You can also send questions directly to me.

Required harmonicas

At the retreat, you will need diatonic harmonicas in the keys of A, C, and D (I recommend any of the following harmonicas: Hohner Special 20, Hohner Crossover, Suzuki Manji, or Seydel 1847). You will also need a harmonic minor harmonica in the key of A (I recommend the Lee Oskar). I can help you acquire appropriate harmonicas if need be.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

This sounds great! How much does it cost?

The retreat, including accommodations, private harmonica lessons, group classes, and superb catered breakfasts and dinners, costs $2,600. (Work trades may be available; please request info at jp@harmonica.com)

Can I come if I don’t want to stay at the retreat center?

Yes. You may enjoy the privacy of staying in a nearby location. The sooner you make plans, the easier it will be to find a sweet place at an affordable price. You will still be entitled to receive the full package (all harmonica lessons and meals) if you go this route. To explore this option, you can email me at jp@harmonica.com and I’ll send you a list of cool, romantic spots you can check out. The cost for this option is $2,150.

Can I bring a friend or family member?

Sure … feel free! Everyone will have plenty to do in Kauai. You can set up guided tours … fun at the beach … amazing mountains and water activities (kayaking, surfing, swimming with dolphins). Some of these activities will be free, and others will need to be arranged. If you wish to share your room with a friend or family member who doesn’t want to play harmonica, I’d love to meet them. I will provide your guest with dinners, and they will be welcomed to join our harmonica crew during evening jam sessions (harmonica classes not included). The cost for bringing an additional non-student guest is only $375.

Can I bring a second harmonica player?

If you are willing to share your bedroom with a friend or family member who wants to do the full harmonica training (including private instruction), you can bring this person for an additional $1,825. Please email me to make arrangements. jp@harmonica.com

Refund policy

I want to remind you that because this is such a small and special event, and because we must pay the retreat center in advance, we cannot offer refunds for this event. However, in the event you have to cancel, your enrollment is transferable, provided one of us can find another student to take your place. We will make our very best effort to find someone who can take your place, and you can try to find a replacement as well. If we can find a student to replace you, we’ll be happy to refund your money in full.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

100% satisfaction guarantee

Like all my lesson products, I’m offering my 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can be confident knowing that you’ll walk away from this event with harmonica skills and memories that will last a lifetime. If, by the end of the retreat, you do not feel this special event has prepared you to take your harmonica to the next level, you can have your money back (minus the cost of room and board). Email jp@harmonica.com if you need more clarity.




If you need time to think about this big adventure, just email me now and I’ll happily hold a spot for you: jp@harmonica.com



 

Summary of pricing options

$2,600 – basic tuition: Includes lodging, nice shared bathroom, 5 breakfasts, 5 spectacular custom-catered dinners, private harmonica lessons, and group classes.

$2,150 – offsite housing: Includes everything in the basic package except lodging. The Matted Root is comfortable, clean and quiet, but if you’re a light sleeper, you may enjoy the privacy of staying in a separate location. To explore this option, you will need to email me at jp@harmonica.com.

$3,100 - rooms with private bathroom: Two upgraded suites are available. If you would like to reserve one, let me know right away at jp@harmonica.com.

$1,825 – full package student guest: If you’re willing to share your room, your guest can save $775 and will be entitled to all the harmonica mojo included in the basic package. For this option email me at jp@harmonica.com.

$375 – nonstudent guest: You can bring a non-harmonica-playing guest who will share your room (this person will join us for dinners and evening harmonica jams, but harmonica lessons are not included). For this option, email me at jp@harmonica.com.

Work trades may be available for a partial scholarship. Email me quick at jp@harmonica.com if you’re interested.

Questions about the retreat?

If you need further details, please email me at jp@harmonica.com
or call me now at 1-800-292-4963
(my personal extension is 5).

Happy Harpin’,

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

JP Allen

P.S. For many years I worked as a marriage counselor and a life coach, and I would love to support you to create all your life’s dreams. Happiness in life is understandable, obtainable, and teachable, and I’m excited to share with you how you can use your harmonica studies to stay focused on what makes you thrilled to be alive.

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

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Comments (70)

  • 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 wish it was just one year earlier or three years later – I’m in the middle of grad school right now so don’t have the time or the money. 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 can phone me at 1-800-292-4963. 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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  • Josh Hedstrom

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    Darn bro!

    I want to SO bad! But I think I would have to sell everything I owned! lol

    Maybe another year! I really hope you keep doing it!

    –Josh (BT)

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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 7 people 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! There are spots left, so if you’d like to put down a deposit to hold your spot please contact me here http://www.harmonica.com/contact or call me at 1-800-292-4963 EXT 5 jp

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  • Sharon Ruvane

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    JP….do you still have a spot left? What is the deposit amount?

    Sharon

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Sharon! We are filling up quickly, please do contact me here http://www.harmonica.com/contact or call me at 1-800-292-4963 EXT 5 to discuss the details. jp

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  • Larry Herzog Jr.

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    Wow, this sounds awesome! I waited a year and a half to receive my B-Radical harmonica (in C) from Harrison Harmonicas (before they nose-dived financially and got bought up). But have had precious little opportunity to play lately.

    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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  • 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. I can come up with the the 2000.00 but not the 1159.00 in plane tickets. If I had it I would be on a plane with the other 6 people, 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 7 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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  • Ash Phua

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    Dear JP,

    It’s costing me an arm and leg but I’ve secured the air tickets and I’ll be there!

    Ash
    Singapore

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    • JP Allen

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      Great News! See you soon Ash :-) We are going to have so much fun! JP

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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 in 2015. 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 2015 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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