I teach beginners how to get around on the harmonica, and how they can teach themselves.
I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries. I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques. I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978. I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, ...
Began working with children at age 12 babysitting. Taught religious school for 3 years as a paraprofessional and team teacher. Earning a Bachelor's Degree in English Education and minoring Special Education. Skilled vocalist and harmonica player. Worked for 2 years in the service industry as a prep cook and dishwasher and as a result I have gained the knowledge that it takes to cook delicious meals. I am skilled at deciphering difficult literature and have a widespread knowledge of history accumulated through years of study.
Learning the Blues Harp or Blues Harmonica is a chance to gain a pocket sized musical friend for life!
We'll go over technique, cross harp, straight harp, bending notes, playing over blues progressions, and learn about some of the greatest players of the instrument.
I am a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in World Music from California Institute of the Arts. I have offered lessons in Beginning Piano, Drumset, Synth, Frame Drums, Pandeiro, Lap Steel Guitar, Harmonica & Jaw Harp since 2004.
Harmonica virtuoso Damien is available for private instruction.
At the age of 14, inspired by Blues masters Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Sonny Terry, Damien started playing diatonic harmonica. At 16, he received as a gift an alto saxophone, and applied the theory learned through sax lessons to another recent gift, the chromatic harmonica. Around that same time he was introduced to Altaneze Taylor, the founder of Bright Moments Music Lovers Club. Through her organization, he met and studied with professional musicians and learned about Jazz history and culture. As an adult he entered Laney College and studied with Elvo D’amante and Ed Kelly. He transferred to CSU-Hayward, leaving directly for an exchange program (aka “Intercambio”) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived, studied, and played for the next two years. Damien graduated from San ...
You can expect me to listen to what you tell me, listen to how you play, and then give you information and activities to increase your understanding and develop your abilities. It could be anything from which end of the harmonica is up to advanced classical or jazz performance, or anything in between - blues harp, Neil Young, you name it.
My focus is on you - helping you achieve your goals with the harmonica, whatever they may be. Whatever inspires you to pick up the harmonica, whoever you want to emulate, whatever style grabs you, I bring the background, deep knowledge, and teaching experience to enrich your understanding and grow your skills and ability to express yourself musically. I'm a harmonica specialist, known internationally as a player and teacher. I'm the author of the books Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica For Dummies. I can teach all styles, all levels of expertise and all types of harmonica.
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