When people start out playing harmonica, they’ve generally been inspired by hearing the instrument in a song. Often as not, they’re hoping to learn how to do this themselves. And after learning the basics, they often run into a brick wall when it comes to finding ways to use what they’ve learned to accompany a song effectively. For many instrumentalists, technical playing skills come to be regarded as an end in themselves, rather than as a means to an end. But for the listener, the song is usually more important than the musical skills of the accompanist.
Harmonica Masters Workshops founder and musical director Steve Baker has spent a lifetime playing harmonica in a wide range of musical styles, often far removed from the blues. He’s able to do this because he learned to systematically break down a tune into its vital functional elements, enabling him to select accompanying melodies and licks which fit to the character of the song. In his class at the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2019, Steve will share with students the methods he uses to figure out appropriate and musically interesting accompaniments for songs, whether in the realm of the blues, or in rock, pop and country music.
The website for the 13th Harmonica Masters Workshops has now been online for three months and we have already accepted 90 registrations. Those wishing to ensure a place at the no.1 educational event for the harmonica in Europe are advised to register soon to avoid disappointment later.
Dear harmonica lover,
The Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, Germany, founded by Steve Baker in 2003 and organised by the Hohner Conservatory, have long been regarded as the no. 1 educational event for blues harmonica in Europe. We are now accepting registrations for the 13th edition from October 30th - November 3rd 2019.
Workshops from and with:
Joe Filisko, harmonica customizing pioneer and expert on traditional blues styles, has been with us from the very beginning and will be returning in 2019.
Following the success of his first class with us in 2018, we are very happy to welcome back French harmonica star Greg Zlap.
After taking a break in 2018 in order to concentrate on his duties as musical director, Steve Baker will again be teaching a full class in 2019.
Our German language class with Marko Jovanovic, director of the Harmonica School Berlin, has been a great success and Marko will be back again this year.
Reflecting the role which the platform has come to play in online musical education, we’re happy to welcome Youtube star Indiara Sfair for her first European workshop.
Alligator Records recording artist and harp blower extraordinaire Dennis Gruenling will be joining us for the first time in 2019 to teach a class on Blues Chromatic.
Former World Harmonica Champion Riedel Diegel will once again be offering a class for beginning and intermediate players.
As in previous years, Joe Filisko’s duo partner Eric Noden will present a workshop for acoustic blues guitar.
David Barrett will be taking a year off in 2019, but has promised to return in 2020.
All classes, concerts and sessions take place on the new campus in the historical heart of Trossingen, the fully renovated site of the former Hohner production facilities.
It isn’t just our world class team of instructors, or the concerts and sessions, which make the Harmonica Masters Workshops such an unforgettable event. It's the combination with that remarkable cameraderie which makes the international harmonica community so special, and four days of total immersion in one of the pivotal locations in the history of our instrument, which ensure a unique experience that continues to attract new students every year and brings back many people again and again for their annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of the harmonica.
Our website harmonica-masters.de has now been updated and we are accepting registrations with immediate effect, either online or at the Hohner Conservatory:
We look forward to welcoming you to the 13th Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen,
Steve Baker & Michaela Kitzke