An Introduction to Latin Music on Harmonica

In this class I will introduce students to several of the best known Latin styles which I have adapted to harmonica, covering Cumbia, Norteña, Habanera and Rumba. This workshop will take a fun and entertaining look at how to approach these styles on harmonica.

With each of these four styles we will focus on:

  • A brief introduction to the style, its history, influences and main artists (not more than 5 to 10 min)
  • Rythmic Patterns
  • Chords and harmonies
  • Exercises and examples of some well known phrases and riffs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions
  • Comping
  • Soloing
  • Examples of how to adapt accordion and horn section lines to the harmonica

On each style we will work on one or two songs, either traditionals by a well known artist or by my band Los Mighty Calacas (depending on the time available)

In the classes we will be using backing tracks, as well as percussion

Depending on the time available, we will also take a look at how 4th and 5th positions can be adapted to Latin and Spanish music as well as Natural Minor tuning and also discuss examples of using pedals and effects such as tremolo or octaver.

We will be playing a great deal and you will have a lot of fun!


Language: English


The workshop includes a minimum of 11 teaching units of 75 or 90 min from Wednesday to Saturday.


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