The Building Blocks of Advanced Harmonica Playing
Marko Jovanovic's workshop will begin with an introductory session to enable the individual participants to introduce themselves and get to know one another. The subject matter is divided into three blocks which will be elaborated during the following days:
Part 1: Fundamental playing techniques
- Correct embouchure - the prerequisite for a good sound and the basis for all bending techniques
- Using tongue and throat for accentuation
- Accurate intonation through correct tongue positioning and appropriate vocal tract resonance
- Exercises with the Bending Matrix. Practicing the right attack needed for every bendable note
- Introduction to the three underlying themes in music: harmony / melody / rhythm
- Practical exercises to integrate these three elements in your own playing. Improvising with chord notes, scales, straight / swing feeling etc.
- Spicing up your sound to make it more expressive: throat vibrato, distortion
effect, tongue blocking, octaves, intervals
- Playing chromatically on the diatonic harp: overblows and overdraws
As well as examining the many technical aspects of playing the harmonica well, it's good to take a look at your playing (and at music in general) from an artistic viewpoint.
- How to bring personal expression into your playing
- Learning to listen in a band context
- Communication in and through music
- How do melodies work? What is a motif, what is a theme?
- Song forms and structures
- How do I prepare a realistic practicing plan?
- Visualisation and consciousness exercises for a deeper understanding of music
In order to ensure a balance between theoretical and practical aspects, students will be able to practice and try out what they have learned from all three parts of the workshop in small groups. In this class, Marko will illuminate the multifaceted world of the harmonica with attention to detail and an inspiring overall vision.
Language: German, English if required
Workshop entitles you to the following:
o Minimum 11 teaching units of 75 min. Wed – Sat
o Admission to the sessions in the Kesselhaus on all days
o Admission to the Harmonica Masters Concerts on Friday and Saturday
o Admission to supporting program events on all days