Harmonica Crash Course

Hohner and Furtados have organized training programs for beginners as well as advanced players in Mumbai from November 21 to 25. The fee for each course is Rs. 3,000. Registration forms are available at all Furtado showrooms.

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We are sorry to report that for more than six months now, we are unable to update the Harmonica blog. For some inexplicable reasons, we have been deprived of the right to upload or modify content on the blog.

However, we are trying our best to regain our control over the blog, failing which we might even have to migrate to a new blog or website.

Edutainment with accordion

Some of the members of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat had the opportunity to interact with accordion player Amit Vaidya who had come down to Ahmedabad from Pune at the invitation of HCG member Prof. Piyush Pandya. Amit, 40, is a tech guy who works with Tech Mahindra.

Amit gave a solo performance in Gandhinagar on March 31. He not only enthralled the audience with his extraordinary rendition of some of the old and popular numbers from Hindi film but also explained the intricacy of this wonderful musical instrument which was made popular by music directors, Salil Choudhury, Shankar Jaikishan and OP Nayyar.

“Accordion is a folk instrument of farmers of Italy. It was developed from harmonica or mouth organ so that one could sing along while playing the instrument,” he revealed.

Amit was fascinated by the instrument when he saw the accordion of his uncle when he was a child. “I decided to learn the instrument at the very first opportunity. I bought a second hand accordion in 1994 when I got my first salary,” he says.

He took lessons from two accordion players of Pune who had also played in the film industry. “However, I realized that I need to learn western music and staff notations if I wanted to master the instrument. So, I joined a music class in Mumbai conducted by veteran music teacher Cyrus Panthaky,” he says.

Later, when he went to UK he learnt advanced techniques from a couple of accordion players. He also attended the annual accordion festivals.

Here are some of the numbers he played in Gandhinagar.

Through the lens of trigger-happy Nitin Patel

Professional photographer Nitin Patel from London, who has recently been appointed the India representative of the world’s oldest Harmonica maker, Seydel of Germany, was here on the New Year to introduce the latest models of this hand-made instruments to the members of the Harmonica Club of Gujarat. All the club rmembers got the opportunity of trying out about a dozen harmonicas that he had brought the India to let the players know about this unique company which is the first to make harmonicas with steel reeds. The Seydel harmonicas are expensive compared to harmonicas of other makes. But, they are strong, sturdy and sound sweet. 
While the club members were playing and generally fiddling with the instruments, Nitin Patel kept on clicking photographs. 
The HCG was honored to bestow life-time honorary membership on Nitin, who has been playing harmonica since he was a seven-year-old boy. He has the child-like enthusiasm and boyish smile at 67 today.

zindagi hans ke bitayenge

Paresh Bhatia has been training scores of school children in harmonica playing. Some of his disciples like Aditya Chalishazar and Devansh Shah have turned out excellent players, drawing applaud from audience at public performance. Today, as part of Christmas celebrations, Paresh Bhatia and Aditya played this song by the side of the Parimal Garden lake.

A TRIBUTE TO DEV ANAND – Hai Apna Dil To Aawara

I could not resist myself but to do another special tribute song to EVER GREEN SUPERSTAR DEV ANAND.  He loved Harmonica. He was the one who encouraged young R D Burman to play the harmonica in this film song.  All Indian harmonica players love to play this song.  I always feel happy when I play this song on Harmonica
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdyhAnblrU

 Dev Saheb is not going to Rest In Peace in Heaven and he won’t offer the God the lead role.

Shirish

Tribute to Dev Anand – GATA RAHE MERA DIL

GATA RAHE MERA DIL
I have played today (04th Dec 11) and uploaded this song from his Film “Guide” as a “TRIBUTE to Bollywood screen legend DEV ANAND” who passed away after “ROMANCING WITH LIFE”.  He passed away in London at the age of 88 on 3 December 2011 (4th December 2011 by Indian time) due to a cardiac arrest.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Wt9oShuAM