A cup half full

Laughing ChildrenHarmonica Lesson Outtakes
Today we were working on a new way to play the C major scale, by pairing notes. We call this playing in couplets. It makes a simple exercise more exciting and promotes good breathing and navigation skills. We can add other effects to make the process even more challenging, such as legato and staccato, and emphasise notes. Eventually we produce a fun melody with an Irish twist.

So what do we mean by a couplet?’ asked the teacher. No reply. ‘The answer’s in the word! Try removing the last two letters‘ the teacher prompted. ‘I know, I know‘, said Jake, ‘it’s a small cup‘.

Sample Lesson – The Saints

Mardi Gras Harlequin Mask iI want to be in that number

It’s time to learn some fun jazz on the harmonica and here’s a song everybody will recognise. It’s called When The Saints Go Marching In and it’s from New Orleans, The song has a long name, so we’ll call it The Saints for short.

Listen to

The Saints started life as an American gospel hymn and it was sung quite slowly. But once the Jazz Bands of New Orleans got hold of it, they soon gave it some swing! (more…)

Oops, I Forgot My Harmonica!

Oops iHow to join in, even if you forget your harmonica

Don’t worry, we all forget things from time to time. You may feel disappointed, but you are still on our register and you should come along to your harmonica session just the same. Although we can’t lend you a harmonica because this may pass on germs, we do have plenty of ways you can still join in musically.

The first question to ask yourself is, when did I last see my harmonica? It might still be in your book bag, a coat pocket or in your classroom drawer. You’d be amazed how easily this can happen, so have a quick think. If it’s definitely not at school, there is still plenty we can learn and enjoy, even without a harmonica. Here’s how… (more…)

Harmonica Performances 2020-21

Performance Diary
Here is a list of the events we have provisionally planned for 2020-21, which are subject to developments regarding COVID-19. We will announce any changes to our diary here and by email, but rest assured the safety of our harmonauts and guests will always come first.

2020
Wed 23rd Dec – The Alex Children’s Hospital

2021
Sun 7th Feb – Harpin’ By The Sea
Sat 22nd May – Brighton Festival
Sat 3rd July – Paddle Round The Pier
Sat 9th Oct – National Harmonica Festival

These are great opportunities to share the stage with other players from all our Sussex Schools. If you would like to take part in the National Harmonica Festival music competition, you can join us on Sat 9th October in Birmingham. Harp Academy has a very proud record in this department, having coached seven Junior National Harmonica Champions since 2011. Check out our Roll of Honour here. In each case, entrants played something they’d enjoyed learning at School and, with some extra coaching from Will or Richard, jumped up on stage and shone.

Whether you’d like to give the competition a go, or help us create more wonderful memories by entertaining in public, we’d love you to get involved. To register your interest, simply click the Gold Harmonica on our home page. We’ll add you to our cast and contact you again nearer the time.

SPECIAL OFFER – Earn 2 Free Lessons

Recommend a friend and receive 2 lessons free!
We all enjoy learning with our best friends, don’t we? Well this includes music making on the harmonica. If you have a friend who might be interested in a Free Taster Session, just ask them to click the Golden Harmonica (on the right of the screen), and register using our promotional code harmonaut. Special OfferWe’ll supply their starter harmonica and music sheet completely free. And if your friend then joins Harp Academy in full, we will credit you with two free lessons. That’s all there is to it!