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I am thinking about taking up the harmonica and I ran across your YouTube videos and site. Before I dive in, I had a couple of questions that I was hoping you’d be able to answer.

1.) Will I be able to learn how to play from your lessons even though I do not know how to read music and I’ve never played a musical instrument?

2.) How much practice time is needed to learn how to play?

3.) If I subscribe, will I be able to print off your lesson sheets so that I can put them in a binder where I can make notations?

4.) The harmonica is one of the few things that settle down my 1-year-old daughter. I am not sure if you’ve ever watched the 90s sitcom “Roseanne” but my daughter stops in her tracks whenever the harmonica intro music to the show starts. I’ve been messing around with one I found in my basement. It has the word “Victory” on the top and then “made in China” on the bottom. I was looking online and saw one called Hohner Special 20 Harmonica, Major C. Would you recommend I buy one like that before I learn how to play? Will it make much of a difference?

5.) Lastly, I’m an attorney by trade, so I like reading up on topics in order to learn them. Would you suggest any books about the harmonica?

I’d appreciate your honest input. I know that it’s in your best interest to push me to subscribe, but at the same time I have been looking for some time for a hobby that is fun and would be something I could introduce to my daughter when she’s older. I just don’t want to start trying to play if it’s going to be a futile exercise given my lack of formal music education.