1. Don’t Believe Your Inner Critic
I’m convinced that the main reason people give up on the harmonica is because they start to believe their inner critic when it says things like: “I sound awful”, “I’m musically hopeless”, “I’m not doing it the right way”, “I should practice more”, “I’ll never get this”. And the list goes on.
2. Set a Minimum Amount of Practice Time
I recommend a minimum of 5 to 10 minutes twice a week. if you played only 5 minutes twice a week, EVERY WEEK for the next three years. If you do this and don’t give up, I promise you will show a radical improvement in your skills and your ability to play and enjoy the harmonica.
3. Practicing A Little Bit Every Day Will Accelerate Your Progress
Practice for a minimum of 30 seconds each day. This may sound easy but for a lot of people these days it’s not. If you miss a day, don’t give up. Just start again tomorrow.
4. Practice Multiple Times Per Day
If you really want to turbo-charge your progress, play multiple times a day. For example, play for a minimum of 30 seconds, 3 times a day.
5. Stash Harmonicas In Multiple Locations
As the expression goes: IN SIGHT, IN MIND. What helps me play multiple times per day is I stash my harmonicas in places I will easily see them.
6. Practice Even When You Don’t Have Your Harmonica Handy
There are two great ways you can do this. And YES, if you do either of these things for a minimum of 30 seconds, it counts towards the goal of playing a little every day.
a. USE YOUR IMAGINATION: Close your eyes, imagine placing the harmonica in your mouth, and… play!
b. FOCUS ON THE BREATH: I like to practice my breathing alone, without the harmonica in my mouth. For a harmonica player, breath is the engine that drives rhythm.
7. Find A Guitar Player To Jam With
Make a set weekly time to meet with your Jamming Buddy.
Make sure that your Jamming Buddy’s instrument is in tune.
Follow those tips and soon enough you’ll be harpin’ like a pro.