Traditional Blues Harmonica Styles
October 31st - November 4th 2018
Joe Filisko is the leading expert on traditional diatonic blues harmonica styles, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the playing techniques and music of the defining players of both pre- and post-war eras. He has taught at the Harmonica Masters Workshops from the very beginning, starting in 2003 and his weekly classes at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music have introduced numerous students from all walks of life to the magic of harmonica music. His groundbreaking work in the field of harmonica customizing has led to a wave of imitators and his legendary custom instruments, used by numerous top players, have played an important role in the emergence of modern harmonica styles. Joe has released 4 CDs with Eric Noden and the duo performs frequently live, touring internationally and appearing at clubs, concerts and festivals. For more information about Joe Filisko, please visit www.filisko.com.
At the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2018, Joe's course will cover most areas of traditional playing including: tongue blocking, breathing, hand techniques and BIG TONE, which is how to get the maximum amount of sound out of your harp by learning to play to the strengths of the instrument. This will be done with both the rural country blues styles and Chicago Blues styles. Joe's class will offer students extensive opportunities to play and also to receive a critique.
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