West Coast Blues Harmonica
Wednesday - IV Chord Blues
The IV Chord, in the twelve bar blues progression, (bars 5 and 6) can be a challenging area to solo over on the harmonica. In this half-day workshop, we’ll explore notes, licks, and phrasing that sound good over this part of the form. This workshop is for all skill level players, though the ability to bend will be helpful when playing the more advanced licks. You will need an A major diatonic harmonica.
Thursday - Dynamics
When studying a song, after you’ve learned the notes, rhythm, and the techniques used to present the licks correctly, the last step in getting a song performance-ready is to implement dynamics. In this workshop, we'll dig into how the use of dynamics will make your music more exciting and emotional. We’ll study volume change, hand tone, head tone, textural change, and do exercises based on how professional players use dynamics. This workshop is for all skill level players. You will need an A major diatonic harmonica.
Friday - Blues Harmonica Instrumental Songwriting
In this workshop, we’ll dig into the art of how to write great, and memorable, blues harmonica instrumentals. We’ll listen to, and dissect, instrumentals from blues harmonica legends, and study the various tools (phrasing, variation of technique, soloing themes, etc.) used to make the instrumentals sound exciting and stand the test of time. This workshop is for all skill level players. You will need an A major diatonic harmonica.
Saturday - Group Songwriting
This half-day workshop will continue with the prior day’s study—giving the students a chance to place what they've learned into context by working in small groups—collectively writing a blues harmonica instrumental. The day will end with each group performing the song they wrote for the entire class. This workshop is for all skill level players. You will need an A major diatonic harmonica.
Workshop entitles you to the following:
- Minimum 11 teaching units of 75 min. or 90 min.
- Admission to the sessions in the Kesselhaus on Wednesday
- Admission to the Harmonica Masters Concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- Admission to supporting program events on all days