By Steven Manus and Ron Manus. Learn to play the harmonica and open up a brand new world of musical knowledge with this exciting method from Alfred. Beginners of all ages can start their journey to a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Beginning with the fundamentals, you will learn about various harmonica types, how to care for and groom your very own harmonica, how to hold and break it in and getting acquainted with harmonica notation. You will then move right along to playing different notes, chords, and songs, lesson by lesson. You will learn advanced techniques such as bending notes, cross harp, and improvisation, which will assist you in coloring your musical creations with your own unique style. Upon completion of this book you will be able to play the harmonica in all styles, perform with a band, understand the basics of improvising, and know how to read music. The book features the following resources for reference during and after your lessons: * Licks in the style of your favorite performers * Complete harmonica note chart * Blues progressions in various keys * Brand new Hohner harmonica This book is for diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and teaches you how to play through an easy-to-understand, step-by-step system.