Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat Upgrade! Howard Levy is now teaching with JP and Hal

By JP Allen

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****2015 RETREAT ANNOUNCEMENT ****
ONLY 3 SPACES REMAINING!

18 spots filled, 3 remaining
(see option for $500 savings below)

Tuesday-Saturday, February 24-28, 2015

WE HAVE UPGRADED OUR 2015 RETREAT,
FOR BOTH BEGINNERS & ADVANCED STUDENTS!

These remaining spaces will fill quickly. If you need time to think about this big adventure before committing, just email us now and we’ll hold a spot for you free of charge: retreat@harmonica.com.

This event has sold out every year, so if you can’t come in 2015 but would like to consider coming in 2016, send an email to retreat@harmonica.com and we’ll hold you a spot with no obligation (this way you’ll be the first to find out when we open the doors for 2016).


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 JP Allen or another fantastic harmonica instructor, 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 JP and other harmonica friends from all over the world.

JP says: “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).

When is it?

RETREAT BEGINS: Tuesday morning, February 24th, 2015.
RETREAT ENDS: Saturday evening, February 28th, 2015.

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


 

*** NEWS FLASH ***

HOWARD LEVY WILL BE JOINING US!!!

(Arguably the most revolutionary
harmonica player of the last 20 years)

We’ve been on pins and needles waiting for the contracted date when we could reveal our DREAM-COME-TRUE “surprise special guest” harmonica teacher. Yes, you read that right — the one and only Howard Levy is coming to KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!! A multiple Grammy winner and founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Howard will not only THRILL our students with his harmonica wizardry … but he will also offer slow-paced beginner lessons and mind-blowing advanced harmonica clinics each day! (Howard has a laid-back demeanor, and he loves to teach and inspire beginning and advanced-level harmonica students.)

JP considers Howard to be
one of the best harmonica players who has ever walked the planet!Partly because his skill level is second to none, but primarily because he has revolutionized harmonica forever in a way that no other player has in the last 20 years.

Rest assured, Hal Walker (JP’s first great harmonica teacher) will still be there, delighting students with his special harmonica style. Hal’s presence at our last two retreats has been an absolute joy, and he’s a big part of the reason why we’ve had so many repeat guests join us for second or third years. Hal transformed JP from a hopeless “musical trainwreck” to a lightning-fast player with off-the-charts chops and the confidence to write songs, sing, and play a wide range of instruments. You are going to love sharing quality time with this masterful duo of longtime harmonica buddies!

Additional students welcome!

With the addition of a third teacher, we are expanding our 2015 retreat to accommodate 21 “full package” students, plus a dozen more “basic package” students (the basic package does not include private lessons). As of late August, we have filled 18 of the 21 spots, so if you want us to hold you a spot while you think about it you can email Laurie at retreat@harmonica.com

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

How will my days be structured?

Your daily lesson schedule will include a 30-minute private lesson from one of our teachers. Additionally, there will be 3 slow-paced beginner/intermediate classes and 3 awesome advanced harmonica clinics each day. If you are a beginner you are welcome to sit in on some of the advanced classes if you’re feeling inspired, but of course that’s totally up to you. 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, most of them will love your support.)

The whole group will circle up at 6 PM to connect and enjoy a sumptuous catered dinner each evening, and then at 7:30 we’ll gather for some evening entertainment, where our teachers and advanced harmonica students will thrill you with superb harmonica performances. On some evenings we will head to a nearby 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!)

We encourage you to break away for a fabulous Hawaiian adventure or two … five gorgeous beaches are just a 5-20 minute drive away! But when you do spend your days at the retreat center, they will be jam-packed with opportunities for learning.

 

“I’m super stoked to share with you this incredible island I call my home.”
– JP Allen

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat
2015 is our fifth Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat. JP and Hal have had such a fantastic time in past years that they can’t wait to do it again! They look forward to getting to know you, focusing on supporting your specific harmonica goals, and sharing a bit of island paradise with you.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

Which island?

The retreat will take place close to JP’s 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 JP’s personal favorite.

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

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FABULOUS NEW LOCATION!

This year we’ve got a STUNNING upgraded retreat center for you, a private estate on the north shore of Kauai, just 40 minutes from the airport.

Here are some pictures of our event venue:

Pool & hot tub Back shot

Deck Kitchen

This gorgeous mansion sits on five acres of magnificent seclusion, featuring a huge saltwater swimming pool and 12-person stone hot tub, exotic fruit trees, exquisite Balinese furniture and decor, and a lovely living room that opens onto a covered lanai, where the group will enjoy luxurious dinners at a beautiful twelve-person hardwood table that overlooks the pool. You can read more about this very special property here: www.vrbo.com/45420

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

You can chill out, play as much harmonica as you want, rest and relax in the retreat center’s chlorine-free pool between classes, or bask in the hot tub. Feel free to hang with the group or scoot out for a day or two to enjoy the mind-blowing natural wonders of Kauai. The north shore offers plenty of magical nearby spots for soaking in the tropical island beauty.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

What’s included?

The retreat includes daily private and group lessons, delicious catered dinners, and evening jam sessions.

What am I going to learn?

Your lessons will be custom created to match your skill level and focus on what you want to learn. Our teaching team will help you identify your next level and then help you get there, without the sweat and tears most teachers put you through — all three teachers offer a very laid-back teaching style … but rest assured your instruction will be super effective!

If you’re excited to learn how to play in a band – or anything else – we’ll help you crack the mystery of how you can become a great harmonica player. We 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. If you’ve got a specific technique you want to get down (like bending, or single notes, or over-blowing, harmonica amplification, etc.), then bring it on!

That said, it’s really up to you. You let us know what you want to do and we’ll do it! 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.

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

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 our past retreat students!

How do I get there?

You will need to arrange your own travel and rental car (this isn’t included in the cost of the retreat). We are happy to offer recommendations.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

What happens when I sign up?
Once you have signed up, our retreat assistant Laurie Masters will answer all your logistical questions.

Required harmonicas

At the retreat, you will need diatonic harmonicas in the keys of A, C, and D (we 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 (we recommend the Lee Oskar). We can help you acquire appropriate harmonicas if need be.

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

This sounds great! How much does it cost?

The full package, including private harmonica lessons, group classes, and superb catered dinners/dessert, costs $2,150.

Or you can choose the basic package, which includes everything in the full package EXCEPT the daily private lessons, for a $500 discount ($1,650).

(Work trades may be available; please request info at retreat@harmonica.com.)

Where will I stay?

All accommodations for 2015 will be offsite at local hotels or rental properties (our retreat venue will be used only as a classroom space). Feel free to send an email to our retreat coordinator Laurie Masters (retreat@harmonica.com), and she will send you a list of cool, romantic nearby accommodations options for you to check out, at a range of price points.

What about meals?

This retreat deal includes a spectacular healthy dinner & dessert each of the five nights, 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 Sunrise Fruit Stand, just 7 minutes away by car, serves exotic tropical smoothies and great lunches if you desire, or it’s just a 5-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. The kitchen is amazing, and you will have access to plenty of refrigeration.

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 invite a guest to our evening activities, we would love to meet them! We 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 $125. For this option, please sign up below, then send an email to retreat@harmonica.com.

Refund policy: You can sign up now and get a full refund until October 1st. If for some reason can’t make it (or if you just change your mind), we will return 100% of your money. No questions asked. If history repeats itself, this retreat will sell out. So if you really want to come, you may want to sign up now and then contact us before October 1st if you need to change your plans. (After October 1st, a refund or transfer to another year is still available, providing that we can find another student to take your spot at the retreat.)

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

100% satisfaction guarantee

Like all harmonica.com lesson products, JP is offering his 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 retreat@harmonica.com if you need more clarity.

Review of pricing options

$2,150 – full package tuition: Includes 5 spectacular custom-catered dinners, private harmonica lessons, group classes, and evening jam sessions

$1,650 – basic package tuition: Includes everything in the full package, but you do not get the daily private lessons.

If you need time to think about this big adventure, just email us now and we’ll happily hold you a spot free of charge: retreat@harmonica.com

Work trades may be available for a partial scholarship. Email Laurie Masters, our retreat coordinator, quick at retreat@harmonica.com if you’re interested.

Questions about the retreat?

If you have any questions, concerns, or special requests, please let us know. Because it’s still early in the game, we are very willing to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate your preferences and ensure that you have the harmonica retreat of your dreams.

Please email Laurie Masters, our retreat coordinator, at retreat@harmonica.com. or call us now at 1-800-292-4963.

Happy Harpin’,

JP Allen

Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat

P.S. from JP: 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 (74)

  • 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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  • 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 in February 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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