****ANOTHER AMAZING UPGRADE****
Joe Filisko & Eric Noden are joining the adventure!!!
2 openings are available for ADVANCED STUDENTS ONLY
Tuesday-Saturday, February 24-28, 2015
These remaining spaces will fill quickly.
- If you are an ADVANCED harmonica player and need time to think about this big adventure before committing, just email Laurie Masters, our retreat coordinator now, and we’ll hold a spot for you free of charge: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are a BEGINNER OR INTERMEDIATE player, contact Laurie Masters to be added to our waiting list: email@example.com.
If you can’t come in 2015 but would like to consider coming in 2016, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can either make a deposit or ask us to hold you a spot with no obligation.
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)
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.
“… may be the most radical single technical innovator in the history
of his instrument …” — Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers
“From the strict standpoint of instrumental technique, Levy’s accomplishment
on the lowly blues harp resembles those of such jazz artists as Milt Jackson
on vibraphone and John Coltrane on the soprano sax: he has created a
style that makes people hear the instrument in a new way.
Levy discovered he could bend the notes of this ordinary blues harp up—
or sharp—as well as down (which was all that any of us had ever heard before).
His relentless perfection of this invention now allows him to play complicated
bebop lines and even free jazz with the facility of a pianist’s right hand,
while retaining the gritty, wailing street sound of the blues harp.”
— Neil Tesser, The Reader
*** AND ANOTHER WILD NEW DEVELOPMENT ***
ERIC NODEN & JOE FILISKO TOO!!!
Just when you thought
it couldn’t get any better…
We’ve added TWO MORE harmonica legends
to our teaching team!!
Can you believe it? The amazing Eric Noden and harmonica virtuoso Joe Filisko are joining our roster of luminary teachers this year!! This incredible globally renowned duo will be replacing Hal Walker, who is unfortunately recovering from health challenges and had to step down from this event. If you love blues roots music, it doesn’t get much better than Eric and Joe! They’re going to dazzle us with jaw-dropping performances as well as share their harmonica expertise, in lessons ranging from beginner to advanced.
“Two marvelous musicians who have captured not only the sounds
but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.”
— Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers
“Eric and Joe are possessed by the spirits of Howlin Wolf, Sonny Terry,
Robert Johnson, Johnny Woods, Sonny Boy Williamson, Gwen Foster …
they transport listeners back to the 1920s Delta. We love Eric and Joe.
Please send them back.” — Mickey Raphael, harmonica player for Willie Nelson
“Joe Filisko could be the best prewar blues harmonica stylist in the world today.”
— Dennis Gruenling of Blues Review
“Joe employs the full range of tonal colors, trills, flutters,
chord rhythms, and other special effects …
My admiration for his skill and musicianship is boundless.”
— Jerry Portnoy (has played harmonica with Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton)
Additional students welcome!
With the addition of a fourth teacher (and an additional teaching assistant to support beginners and intermediate students), we are expanding our 2015 retreat to accommodate 28 harmonica students from all over the planet (spots tend to go fast, so make sure you get us to hold you a spot if you’re interested but not ready to commit).
How will my days be structured?
Your daily lesson schedule will include a 30-minute private lesson from one of our teachers. There will be one class for beginners only, as well as 3 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- to 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
2015 is our fifth Hawaiian Harmonica Retreat. JP has had such a fantastic time in past years that he can’t wait to do it again! Our teaching team looks forward to getting to know you, focusing on supporting your specific harmonica goals, and sharing a bit of island paradise with you.
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
CHECK OUT THIS
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:
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
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.
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 four 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.
What happens when I sign up?
Once you have signed up, our retreat assistant Laurie Masters will answer all your logistical questions.
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.
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).
Email Laurie Masters at email@example.com to clinch one of the few available spots now!
(Work trades may be available; please request info at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Where will I stay?
All accommodations for 2015 will be offsite at local hotels or rental properties (our retreat venue will be used as a classroom space only). Feel free to send an email to our retreat coordinator Laurie Masters (email@example.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 well equipped, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refund policy: A full refund is available if you have to cancel, providing that either we or you can find another student to take your spot at the retreat. You can also apply your tuition to a future harmonica retreat if you want.
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. Email email@example.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.
Email Laurie Masters at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation!
$1,650 – Basic Package tuition: Includes everything in the Full Package, but you do not get the daily private lessons.
Email Laurie Masters at email@example.com to clinch a Basic Package spot now!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Work trades may be available for a partial scholarship. Email Laurie Masters, our retreat coordinator, quick at email@example.com if you’re interested.
Questions about the retreat?
If you have any questions, concerns, or special requests, please let us know. If possible, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call us now at 1-800-292-4963.
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”