Harmonica Forever

$202 ($192 members) · 80 minutes · Weekly for 8 weeks

"Forever" captures the idea of this class. Students in Harmonica Forever include those who have played for years along with newer players who want to keep developing skills. Songs are taught at different levels and in first, second, third and twelfth positions. As in Harmonica 1 and 2, the emphasis is on playing in class. Students develop bending skills, work on tone and other techniques, add to their repertoire and playing styles, and develop familiarity with additional positions. As content (blues, country, folk, jug band and popular music) varies each session, students often enroll for several sessions. In each class meeting, review and play songs from previous weeks as well as new material. Everyone has the opportunity to solo. The class often has a back up band consisting of guitar, mandolin and standup bass. The last class of the session is a performance, usually outside the School. Ear players, including chromatic players, are welcomed (though tab is provided only for regular diatonic harps). You are welcome to record the entire class, but each class is ended with a 2-5 minute summary for recorders.


Ability to play clear, single notes, preferably with beginning experience at note bending. While no songs are taught that require note-bending skills, all songs have options to challenge more experienced players Please bring 10-hole harmonicas in the keys of A, C, D and G

Special Info

Bring a recording device. Please bring 10-hole harmonicas in the keys of A, C, D and G. Harmonicas are available for purchase at the Old Town School Music Stores.

Class Schedules and Availability

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000