Hi. I'm David Harp.
I've taught more than a million people to blow their blues away, and hundreds of thousands more to meditate, by book and in person.
For many years I've been offering presentations in which I use the harmonica to teach stress reduction, interpersonal communication, creativity, meditation, mindfulness, and aerobic conditioning. And I've come to believe that the humble "Mississippi Saxophone" (AKA Blues Harmonica) is the perfect tool to help beginning or advanced students of meditation and mindfulness.
If this combination of harmonica and mindfulness sounds strange, please consider what East/West Magazine had to say, when the first version of The Three Minute Meditator was published: "Though it may seem odd for a harmonica teacher to write a book on meditation, it would be even stranger to remain unchanged after reading The Three Minute Meditator."
I've been playing what I consider "harmonica meditation music" or "devotional harmonica music" for myself, for many years.
And most of my HarmonicaYoga™ workshops include informal Harmonica Kirtan™ playing.
Harmonica Kirtan™ is my own form of participatory devotional music.
It's based on a combination of HarMantras™ from HarmonicaYoga™ and spiritual songs from various traditions, ranging from Guru Nanak Dev's Oh God Beautiful to Pachelbel's Canon and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Fourth Movement...
In person, these are not just me playing, but rather a fully participatory and interactive form of devotional group "chanting" on the harmonica, as most Kirtan music is (although most Kirtan music is not, I must admit, played on the harmonica). Groups can range from a few dozen to hundreds. I've even done a few groups (using the Fourth Movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy, as the devotional piece) with close to 4,000 participants!
Harmonica Kirtan™ During Shavasana Circle!
For more information, please visit these sites:
Here's a short piece of me playing in one of my many Harmonica Kirtan styles...
You could be doing this too (or maybe a slightly simpler version) within a few minutes!
©David Harp Kirtan_1
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS and HARMONICA KIRTANS — OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
I'll also be offering a one day Mindfulness and the Art of the Harmonica: Play Blues, Rock, Folk, and Classical Music Today! at Manhattan's New York Open Center on May 16, 2015.
I'll be holding a one evening "Harmonica Kirtan" the night before.
I'll be repeating the all day workshop again on August 23, 2015.
Please click on the link for more information and to register, or call 212-219-2527 Ext. 2 to register.
My next scheduled five day Mindfulness Through Music™ workshop is at The Kripalu Center, in Lenox, MA, running from July 19- 24, 2013.
You'll learn to practice mindfulness for mental clarity, stress reduction, and all the other benefits of this most important life skill — while learning to play
Blues, Rock, Folk, C & W, and Classical Harmonica (plus Celtic Flute and Percussion)!
It's perfect for people who want to develop a mindfulness practice in the easiest way possible, for people want to re-invigorate a mindfulness practice, and
especially for people who have tried to learn mindfulness before, without much success!
Please click on this link to read about it. Or call the toll-free number 1-866-200-5203 to register.