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Harmonica class offered in Rocklin

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Begin a lifetime of music, fun and good lung health while learning to play songs like “Red River Valley” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the harmonica.

Designed for men and women, a harmonica seminar will teach the basics from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road.

The class, “Beginning Harmonica – Oldies and Goodies,” will teach three breathing patterns, ways to add vibrato, the diatonic scale, boogie-woogie rhythms, how to commit a song to memory and more. Students will use the diatonic 10-hole harmonica in the key of C, available for $10 at the class – or students can bring their own harmonica in the key of C. A materials fee of $20 can be paid at the class.

Bud Gardner has been playing the harmonica for more than 60 years and is the founder and “head coot” of the Sun City Roseville Harmonicoots, the largest working harmonica band in the country.

The class is available through Sierra College Community Education and the public can enroll at www.sccommed.org or by calling 781-6280. The cost of the class is $48.