This Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m., Blues Angel Music is holding a free beginner harmonica class led by local musician John Barksdale.

Barksdale plays the harmonica, also known as the harp to pros like himself, with blues band Cat Daddy. He is also a skilled flutist.

Dan Fugate, marketing director from Blues Angel Music said, “The harmonica is one of those instruments that can play happy or sad songs and fit right in. We’re excited to be bringing this introductory lesson to people for free.”

Johnson will go over four songs with the class using tab instructions. “To familiarize students with the harmonica and the notes, they will learn traditional songs like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb,’ ‘O Suzanna,’ ‘Shenandoah,’ and ‘Happy Birthday,’” Fugate added.

Along with the lesson, participants will also receive their own instrument for free. “Each participant will receive a Johnson Blues King harmonica in the key of C,” he said. If a student is looking for an upgrade or a harp with a different range, the store has several harmonicas in different keys and price points.

“Hopefully at least a few attendees will decide to keep learning the harmonica.”

Music theory isn’t a requirement to participate in the 45-minute class. Students may keep any sheet music used during the instruction.

Seating is limited. Call Blues Angel Music at (850) 457-7557 to reserve a spot. Visit bluesangelmusic.com for more about the store located at 657 N. Pace Boulevard.
 

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