Harmonica, The Next Generation

Harmonica, The Next Generation

2016-04-09

The harmonicas I gave my 2-year-old and 4-year-old nieces are paying off. My sister told me that they get played a lot, especially in the morning. While visiting them today, my four-year-old niece brought out the 24 hole tremolo harmonica I gave her and played some inventive, thought out melodies. I gave them a couple of diatonics and a tremolo. The way the tremolo is laid out, I figured it would be easier to pick stuff out by ear and make up melodies.

My niece impressed me because she was moving between the I (tonic) and the IV (subdominant) with an occasional stop at the V (dominant). This is why we need to give children exposure to music and musical outlets as early as possible. Their brains are music sponges! They represent the next generation.

I’m thinking about getting her a High G diatonic to really make the morning harmonica sessions eventful.