Harmonica Set

Is JP Allen's Happy Harpin worth it?

I just got a set of cheap harmonicas for Christmas, and I'm excited to learn to play. There are no teachers in area, so I'm going to buy some sort of lesson set. JP Allen seems to be good, but being $200, I just want to make sure it is worth the buy. Also, since were on the topic, has anyone ever used the Hohner Piedmont Blues Harmonica set? Is this a good harmonica to learn on? If not, any recommendations?

I bought some of Mr. Allen's lesson materials, they're pretty good (some are awesome) but as a beginner you'll do just as well surfing free YouTube videos for a while. Just search "how to play harmonica" and you'll find plenty. Save that money for good harps and for when you can benefit most from his lessons.

Piedmont Blues: There's a reason that set costs only slightly more than the case it comes in. The case is fantastic and worth the price of the set. The harps are just about as beginner/child level as you can buy. In fact, I'd put my Hohner Happy Colors harps above those Piedmont Blues harps. The reeds are weak and won't bend well and the design leaks badly. You'll blow those out pretty quickly. They're probably ok for playing 'cowboys around the campfire' sort of music but not so hot for serious learning. They'll get you started and have the advantage of offering plenty of keys in one package.

Don't toss them out. As you have the extra cash, if you get into harmonica playing, add to the set with quality harps. Start with the C. Hohner Marine Band 1896, Special 20, Blues Harp (not Blues Band); Lee Oskar Major Diatonic; and Suzuki BluesMaster are some good choices to replace with over time. If you have to go cheaper then the Hohner Big River or Suzuki Folk Master is a good choice. The Hohner Blue Midnight is amazingly traditional but the particular tuning will drive guitar players insane.

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