Learn Harmonium Online
Harmonium, which is a popular instrument in music from India, looks like a keyboard, but sounds like an accordion. Sound is produced by air supplied by foot- or hand-operated bellows being blown through a set of reeds. If you are interested in learning to play the harmonium, you can take advantage of free online lessons
• The harmonium was invented by Alexandre Debain in Paris in 1842. The instrument gained popularity in the West in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Harmoniums were common in small churches and chapels, where a pipe organ would be too large or too expensive. With the invention of the electronic organ in the mid-1930s, the harmonium began to lose favor in the U.S.Today, the harmonium is a popular instrument in India. During the mid-19th century, French missionaries brought hand-pumped harmonies to India. Because the harmonium is portable, reliable and easy to learn, it has become an integral instrument in many genres of Indian music.
Buying a Harmonium
• Purchasing a harmonium may be a challenge. Most local music stores in the United States don't regularly stock them. You will have more luck purchasing a new harmonium from an online retailer. Activemusician.com has harmoniums ranging from around $250 for a base model to over $1,000 for a deluxe version.If you are waiting for your new harmonium to arrive and would like to begin learning how to play one, you can use an electronic keyboard to start learning. Although the sound will be different, the keyboard layout is similar. Keep in mind that with a keyboard you can and do use your left hand. With most harmoniums, your left hand is used in pumping the bellows to give the harmonium sound.
• You may have a difficult time finding a local music teacher who is familiar with and can teach you the harmonium. If you can't find an instructor nearby, teach yourself with online lessons. There are several websites that will help teach you the basics of playing the harmonium. One of the best is SoundofIndia.com. This site will guide you through nine basic harmonium lessons, four chord lessons and four voice lessons to accompany harmonium play. The lessons are fairly short and easy to understand.Another website is Sharda.org. This site is sponsored by a non-profit organization. There are 40-plus lessons available. Although the quality of the website is inferior to that of SoundofIndia.com, there are video clips available for each lesson to provide more in-depth instruction.