Nice to meetchyer acquaintanceship!
Am not familiar with Snufkin from the TV show Moomins –
But I am with JP Allen’s best-selling world’s most favorite home harmonic course DVD bundle set!
I have learned and still maintain that JP packs so much information into his DVD lessons - both entertaining and all do-able if you take the time to work with them - that most other courses pale by comparison.
So his many students and fans on the forum, on his blogs, around the globe can’t be wrong! And you’ll have to find that out for yourself. And I know you will learn more than you thought possible!
The three main points I always stress is: Investment, Support, and Value!
You have invested in JP Allen and his lessons; we are here to support you on your journey; and by doing so, you will reap the benefits of the value therein.
That’s not to say you couldn’t/shouldn’t learn from others. By all means, 1 on 1 instruction is great, when/if you can find it where you’re or anyone’s at!
Even JP will admit he’s not nor ever will be the end-all to learning harmonica. Nobody is nor can be, because it’s an on-going lifetime life-rewarding process at that.
However, what he does offer you are the foundation blocks from which to build upon. And again, his lessons are jam packed with those foundation blocks as long as you’re willing to take the time to use and expand upon them!
With regards to learning to read notes and music theory et al –
The great thing about the harmonica is that you don’t have to know how to read music to begin with. Without going into all the sordid details, just know that since virtually all diatonics are primarily set up the same way – Long ago, manufacturers and such who wanted to sell more harmonicas devised the easy learning method of Tablature (or Tabs). Taking musical notes and putting them into their respective places on the blow/draw holes of the harmonica.
Meaning, if you can play 4B 5B 5D 6B; 4B 5B 5D 6B; 4B 5B 5D 6B 5B 4B 5B 4D…which are the opening strains to “Oh When The Saints Go Marching In”…on any C harmonica, you can also play them on any A, Bb, D, E, F, and G harp as well!
And you don’t have to know what any of the notes actually are to do so!
Many people play this way; and there are many more great players who couldn’t/can’t read a lick of music to be sure.
Yet too, I also realize others already have a background in other musical instruments and/or musical theory, like JP and Howard Levy for example, and they are more comfortable in knowing what the relationship of holes to notes are.
All well and good. And that information is certainly available to anyone willing to do their homework on. And is something you will have to research and find out about on your own if you’re so inclined to do so.
I myself am slowly learning these things as part of my process too. And I give myself permission to go slow because I know it all takes: TIME!!
So on that fine note:
Enjoy JP Allen’s many great lessons.
Welcome to the forum!
Have fun on your journey through the vast & mighty Harmonica Universe!
Keep On Harpin’!