Everything You Need to Know to Buy Your Perfect Harmonium
The very first step in creating your chant practice is getting your hands on a really good harmonium. Unfortunately, this is not nearly as easy as one might expect.
These two blog posts describe some of the challenges people have around getting a harmonium, while avoiding ending up with a headache.
It's so painful to me when a student shows up having paid good money for a harmonium that is just awful. Their instrument may have buzzy reeds, sticky keys, grossly inadequate sustain (how long the sound lasts when they stop pumping), improper tuning, and more. For many harmoniums, there's really no way to fix them.
Learning to play on a lousy harmonium is like learning to ride a bike on a bike with a flat tire. You spend all your time fighting the bike/instrument. It's not fun, and it makes it a lot harder to learn.
Don't be one of those people that buys cheap and ends up buying twice. The video below offers a good overview.
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Try Before You Buy
If you live in Colorado, I may have several instruments on hand for you to try. Reach out to me via the form on this page and we can set up a time for you to come over to try them out. Playing an instrument is the best way to be certain you pick the one you love.
Students in the Boulder/Denver area can rent a harmonium before investing in purchasing one. I have several good Bhava harmoniums to rent on a monthly basis. Get in touch for more information.
If you don't live in Colorado, I can send you a promo code for 5% off your online order with Old Delhi Music. Get in touch through the form on this page for more information.
Not sure if chanting at home is really for you?
Try out our Free Class, which you can take on harmonium, keyboard, piano or organ.
"Thank you for recommending Old Delhi Music. The harmonium I got from them is a pure pleasure and brings so much to my heart as I continue my Kirtan journey.”
— Sandra Boysen Sluberski
Singer, Actress, Voice Instructor & Yoga Teacher
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