Harmonica Lessons with Grant Dermody
Learn how to play today!
I’m doing quite a bit of on-line harmonica teaching these days. I’ve been teaching on-line since before Covid but it’s really taking off now. I’m enjoying it more than ever.
I specialize in helping my students open up their tone; getting that big, wide-open harmonica sound, playing with their own voice, and freeing up their improvisation skills.
I am always up for new students who want to learn. I am available on Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Please send me a message if you’re interested and we’ll get started.
I just got my own YouTube channel, Grant Dermody Music, and will be starting instructional videos very soon. Check out my channel! See you there!
All the very best to all
Who is Grant Dermody?
Grant is a passionate, experienced harmonica teacher. He continues to share his love of the instrument with students from the ages of 5 to 75 (and beyond), in both individual and group settings.
Grant has been a featured harmonica instructor at:
- John Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camp
- Centrum’s Country Blues Festival, in Port Townsend, Washington
- The Augusta Heritage Center’s Blues Week in Elkins, West Virginia
- The Telluride Acoustic Blues Camp in Telluride, Colorado
- Euroblues Blues Week in Northampton, England
- Joe Filisko’s Teach-In at SPAH
Grant is highly skilled at teaching the harmonica. He is able to de-mystify the harmonica and music in general for square-one beginners, helping them move down their musical path. For more experienced players, he is quickly able to hear where they are and what they need to do to improve. Grant is known for his ability to help very player improve their tone and, through the art of improvisation, to help them find their own unique musical voice.
Teaching kids how to play the harmonica is something Grant greatly enjoys as well. Over the course of a few years, while at a school in Seattle, Grant had well over two hundred kids from kindergarten to 5th grade playing in class sized harmonica bands. The number of kids wanting to perform quickly exceeded the opportunities the school’s calendar offered so Grant looked around the city for places to play.
He took the young harmonicists to nursing homes and hospitals and eventually had his fourth graders play America The Beautiful at a minor- league baseball game. The next year, the same kids played America The Beautiful and O Canada at a semi-pro hockey game in front of 2.000 plus fans. The normally rowdy hockey crowd was silenced immediately by the kid’s playing and roared their approval after the last note was sounded. Though scared beyond words beforehand, the kids left the ice several feet off the ground.
Grant teaches individual and group lessons in the Seattle area. He is also available for lessons via Skype and Facetime.
Please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a lesson or for further information
Rob Thomas - Student Testimonial
“Grant is a player’s player and a teacher’s teacher. His personalized teaching elevated this beginner’s playing to the next level. I soon returned to learn how to teach others. In doing so, Grant provided both information and inspiration.”
Weldon Follis - Student Testimonial
“I hope to be a student for life as there seems to be no limit to the growth potential with Grant as my teacher. I highly recommend that if you want to learn the harmonica or get better on the harmonica then Grant is your man.”
Jeff Brown - Student Testimonial
“As a teacher he has the rare insight to understand his student’s connection to the harmonica, then helps guide that connection to undreamed of levels. Grant is the kind of instructor that makes this journey a joyous adventure. In short, if you’re serious about harp, check Grant out. Get ready to understand and play the harmonica in ways you won’t believe!”
Patrick Johnson - Student Testimonial (May 2016)
Neil Harmon - Student Testimonial (June 2016)
Michelle LeFree - Student Testimonial
That’s what I can say about Grant Dermody as a blues harp player of the first order, and the reason I can enthusiastically recommend him as an instructor. The cat knows his way around a diatonic harmonica like few players I’ve met. More than that, he is uncanny in his ability to lead you to better playing, no matter what level you are at (or think you’re at). He’s a terrific person, a true gentleman, and a great teacher. I had the pleasure of studying under Grant at the Acoustic Blues Camp that’s in association with the annual Telluride Brews and Blues Festival (a fine festival in its own right, and the associated Acoustic Blues Camp is 4-days of pure joy). Grant makes some sweeping claims at the outset of his instruction, but true to his word, he makes good on all of them. Better tone, better phrasing, better comping to other’s play, better soloing, better tongue blocking; it’s a complete package that Grant offers.
Even if you’ve played many years, don’t make the mistake of thinking you know all this. Even the most accomplished blues harpers will benefit greatly by spending some time together with Grant and your harps. Singly or in groups, Grant has a knack at reaching out to individual players and tailoring a personalized course of study. I’ve studied with other great harp players, but none has had the teaching skills that Grant offers. In my experience, most great harp players teach by example, but Grant offers and can demonstrate specific steps to improve your playing. After listening for a few minutes, he can tell you things about your playing that you didn’t know yourself. And he won’t let you go away without charting a course to continue your learning experience long after your lessons are over.
The bottom line: If you are a diatonic harmonica player and get a chance to study with Grant Dermody, jump on it! You won’t regret it for one minute. I know I’m looking forward to my next opportunity”
Weldon Follis - Student Testimonial
Since this first lesson I’ve continued with lessons from Grant and the lessons have enabled me to play out at jams and open mics and now I even get paid to play at times. Through this entire learning process the lessons were artistically crafted to my needs and adapted to my skill level with a focus on tone. He even indulged and expanded on my wish to learn the circle of fifths. I hope to be a student for life as there seems to be no limit to the growth potential with Grant as my teacher. I highly recommend that if you want to learn the harmonica or get better on the harmonica then Grant is your man. Some of my friends have taken lessons from Grant on Skype or at other locations and all have a great report. “
Jeff Brown - Student Testimonial
Jeff Glassie - Student Testimonial (July 2006)
Grant is the perfect harmonica teacher. In addition to being an excellent player, with two fine CDs, Grant loves to teach and it shows. He has a real concern for his students and always tries to fit the lesson to the individual. I first became a student nearly ten years ago and Grant deserves a great deal of the credit in the the progress I’ve made. Simply, he’s one of the best harmonica teachers in the country.