Supercharge your harp playing, Little Walter & Big Walter Horton studies
October 31st - November 4th 2018
Wednesday (Half Day): V - IV - I Licks
Bars nine through eleven of the twelve bar blues progression is a specific area which is frequently found wanting in the repertoire of many blues harmonica players. It’s more challenging because of the harmonic pacing (the chords change rapidly) and for the listener, it’s the area that can either be boring due to a lack of creativity on the part of the player, or the coolest part of the solo with players that take the time to study licks that work within that area. In this class, I’ll define what works well and share some killer licks that we’ll learn in class so that you’re on your way to making this part of the blues verse stand out in your playing. This class is for advanced skill level players (good bending skill is a must). You’ll need a harmonica in A.
Thursday (Full Day): Little Walter Study
Little Walter is often regarded as the greatest blues harmonica player who ever lived. In this class I’ll share his best-known recordings and speak of his importance in history. Using some of his greatest tunes as a basis (Evan’s Shuffle, Juke, Off The Wall, Blue Midnight etc.), I’ll teach the key elements to his rhythmic approach, both in chording and in his general use of syncopation, which gives his music its swing quality and rhythmic drive. This class is for all skill level players, though you should be able to move around the harmonica, playing single notes with ease (some bending skill is also very helpful). You’ll need harmonicas in A & C.
Friday (Full Day): Chord Tones in Accompaniment and Soloing
Most blues harmonica players develop their accompaniment and soloing chops by copying the great players that came before them. Many are able to string together cool licks to make solos, but don’t always know where to best position them within the chord progression in order to achieve maximum effect. In this class we’ll study how to make these choices, on the basis of the chord tones within the twelve bar blues verse and how to either place, or construct, licks that sound killer at the various points within the blues progression. We’ll look at this both from an accompaniment and soloing perspective. This class is for all skill level players, though you should be able to move around the harmonica, playing single notes with ease (some bending skill is also very helpful). You’ll need harmonicas in A and C.
Saturday (Half Day): Big Walter Horton Study
Walter Horton is often known as the King of Tone. In this class I’ll share his most well-known recordings and speak of his importance in history. On the basis of some of his most famous songs, I’ll illustrate the key elements of his style. This class is for lower-intermediate to advanced skill level players (the key element is your bending control… the more of it you have, the more you’ll enjoy the class). You’ll need an A harmonica.
Language: EnglishWorkshop entitles you to the following:
o Minimum 14 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