October 31st - November 4th 2018
Have you ever wondered why the only diatonic harmonica player in the world most people can recognize is Bob Dylan? Minimal bending, no overblows, no highly developed technique, just simple harmonica that leaves a distinctive imprint in the collective consciousness. The answer might be blowing in the wind or in the fabulous potential of the diatonic harmonica, which we forget about way too often.
On the menu:
- Exploring the possibilities offered by the three-chord based construction of the diatonic harmonica
- Better rhythm, breathing and tone
- A new way of understanding positions and tonal improvisation
- Developing scales out of the chords
- Extending to relative chords and scales
- Playing in 6 different keys on one harmonica without a single bend
Of course bending and overblowing will be used in my class, but I take for granted that students know how to execute them. I will not devote time to really teach how to overblow or bend.
This approach is not "beginners level" or basic stuff, but aims to take people with their existing technical background and bring them to a different understanding of the instrument. In this sense different skill levels are welcome. The exercises, impro, styles, will be challenging for everybody.
To be "provocative“, I would like to present an ANTI overblow / ANTI chromatic theory, simply because the diatonic harmonica sounds better when it is used as a diatonic! This means using bends, a lot, and using overblows (in a particular way), but I am not a proponent of the totally chromatic approach.
In this light I will also share my experience of using the harmonica on stage and in the recording studio in diverse styles including rock, pop, blues, electronic and classical music.
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