Before my daughter was born, I used to take weekly blues harp lessons (please don’t call it a “harmonica”) but I found it challenging to keep up with a newborn so I laid my harps down for a while. Now that she’s two and an independent woman, I knew I wanted to get back into playing. My teacher lives on Waverly in Greenwich Village on the fifth floor of a walk-up building. Maybe this is by design: if you can’t hack the climb up, you probably don’t have the wind to play the blues? Regardless, my teacher Leslie has been playing blues harp for decades and as soon as you hear a few notes you know you’re in the presence of someone who can play the hell out of this thing. It’s a seriously bad ass sound when done right. And the weapon of choice is Hohner’s Marine Band 1896.I’ve found the thing with playing the harp is you can become mediocre at it fast enough but to be good undoubtedly takes years. But at $40 a lesson with Leslie, it may be one of the more reasonable deals in town. Another reason to love New York City: can learn the blues from a serious Village great without having to hike to the crossroads.