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New intermediate harmonica class offered

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Bud Gardner, head of the Sun City Harmonicoots – the largest working harmonica band in the country – is offering a new class, “Intermediate Harmonica – Oldies and Goodies,” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sierra College.

“If you’ve ever played around with the 10-hole diatonic harmonica or even taken a basics class, now is the time to take the next step,” Gardner said. “This class – designed for beginners and intermediate players alike – will guide you to become a better player.”

After a brief review of the basics, participants will learn how to apply the following techniques – the slide, shake, tongue switching, tongue slapping, vibrato and switching song keys – to a variety of songs.

“Imagine,” Gardner said, “learning to play ‘Moon River,’ ‘Edelweiss,’ ‘Love Me Tender’ and other beautiful songs.”

Participants will use the 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C, available at the class for $10. The materials fee for the class is $20 and the class fee is $48. Pre-registration is required. Visit www.sccommed.org or call the Sierra College Community Education office at 781-6280.