Looking to learn the harmonica? Just starting out? Or are you a player working on
honing your skills? Regardless of your age or your skill level, Eagle Rock Music
Studio offers lessons to those looking to improve their harmonica proficiency.
The origins of the harmonica can be traced back to early 19th century Europe; free
reed instruments such as the Sheng had been around for centuries, but mouth-
blown free reed instruments appeared in the United States, South America, and
Europe around this time so they could be integrated into classical music. By the mid-
19th century, harmonicas were everywhere: Abraham Lincoln was even known to
carry one in his pocket at all times, and the American Civil War resulted in it
becoming available in every corner of the country — the soldiers took them home
from the battlefields.
As a result of this, the harmonica became deeply ingrained in the development of
American blues and folk music during the second half of the 19th century. Ever since,
the harmonica and the blues and folk genres have been inextricably linked. The
harmonica can be found on rock recordings, as well, particularly pre-alternative era
rock & roll that had more of a direct blues influence. Its presence on modern pop
recordings has continued. The harmonica is a signature instrument for many
musical acts. Bob Dylan introduced his sound to the world using harmonica as a key
There are two course paths available at Eagle Rock Music Studio for harmonica
players: one for aspiring professionals, and one for those just looking to play
recreationally or for their own personal enrichment. We provide a structured and
supportive learning environment for those of all ages and skill levels, as we believe
this is essential to transforming our students from dreamers to doers.
Because every student learns differently, our harmonica lessons are private/1-on-1.
Our instructor will first discuss what your goals are when it comes to your
instrument, and then will work with you on developing a plan of action — we believe
in learning by doing — in order to make sure these goals are achieved. We always
have skills, songs, styles and theory for you to work on, and learning concepts that
you bring to the lessons yourself will help encourage practice and will make the
results all the more the rewarding, as well.
Eagle Rock Music Studios is located just north of downtown Los Angeles between
Glendale and Pasadena. For more
information or to set up a lesson, please call us at 323-309-8467.