Playing the Harmonica is a great kit for older children, teens and adults. It contains a fully-illustrated 64-page book all about the harmonica, a genuine 10-hole blues harmonica in the key of C and a red felt pouch to keep your harmonica in. Using clear text and colourful, easy-to-follow illustrations, the book shows you how to play the harmonica in a variety of styles, then gives you 20 well-known tunes to get started on right away. Within minutes of opening the box, you could be playing real music on your harmonica - one of the coolest and most versatile instruments around. Once you've mastered the basics, the book goes on to give you lots of tips and ideas for refining your sound, setting you firmly on the road to becoming a more advanced player. The book also includes sections on the history of the harmonica and how to care for your instrument. And, to inspire you, it profiles some of the harmonica's greatest players, including Little Walter, Larry Adler and Toots Thielmans.
Dave Oliver is a writer specializing in music, technology and popular culture. In his spare time he plays bass and harmonica in blues and soul bands in London.