I recently purchased a harmonica and quickly realized I wanted to actually learn how to play it. I had always wanted to learn more about music but never had the opportunity as an adult.
As a Veteran who was diagnosed with PTSD a few years ago it was suggested to me to find a hobby or two, a hobby that would help reduce stress & help me get in the moment. Tom assigns me homework after each lesson, homework that challenges me at the skill level that I’m at (Brand New Beginner). You can’t get much more in the moment than when you’re playing music.
I look forward each day to sitting down and tackling the tasks he’s assigned me to work on. I enjoy having goals and his methods allow me to set new goals after each lesson. Tom takes the time to make sure you’re getting it right and has a unique calm way of correcting you and ensuring you understand what it is you need in order to get it right.
The last thing I’ll say is I go for harmonica lessons but I feel I walk away each time with a bit more than that, sometimes it’s a piece of music history, or a lesson on how music connects us and brings us together or a demo on another instrument that he does for my 5 year old who kept looking at it during my harmonica lesson. It’s a fun and exciting experience, an experience that at age 41, I wasn’t sure if I should even bother with. I’m so glad that I did.