Re: Instructors

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Posted by Jim Lukens ( on October 08, 2000 at 11:32:33:

In looking for instructors, I found a guy in my area (Asheville, NC) who is a general music instructor, rather than an expert on the harp. He teaches a variety of instruments and is familiar with the harmonica, but probably couldn't play much on it if he had to.
But he is a very good voice teacher and the way they teach people to read music for voice applies well to harp (find your tonic note and read the rest of the notes in relation to it - it's called Solfege). He's also given me exercises on intervals (diatonic 4ths, 5ths, etc.) and most importantly, feedback on how things are sounding. All in all, it's been very beneficial. A lot of the technique stuff (how to bend, what are overbends, etc.) I've learned from this site and others.
My point is, when looking for an instructor, don't necessarily look for the best harp player, you can look for someone with a familiarity with the harp and a good grasp of music theory.
Just my 2 cents.

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