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DIATONIC HARMONICA WORKSHOPS Date Saturday 13th December 2008 Venue Sussex Academy of Music Unit 10, Riverside Business Centre Shoreham-by-Sea West Sussex BN43 6RE Contact Richard Taylor / Ben Stringer / Rob Bliss Telephone 0800 756 9411 / 07525 256954 E-mail email@example.com Web www.sussexmusic.com Harmonica Tutor Richard Taylor Richard started playing the harmonica over thirty years ago, having heard the theme tune to The Old Grey Whistle Test on TV! He is now an ex National Harmonica Champion, local representative for the National Harmonica League, writes for Harmonica World and has performed at blues festivals and venues throughout the UK and USA. Workshops are based on key aspects of harmonica learning which have been tried and tested at Richard’s Harp Surgery (www.harpsurgery.com). You will enjoy lively, structured sessions, packed with useful tips, information and fun. We will help you discover new skills, and increase your enjoyment and understanding of the diatonic harmonica in all its guises. The ability to read music is not necessary at either level. Beginners’ Workshop: 0900h-1230h £15.00 “I have a harmonica, but I’m not sure what to do with it!” If you have recently purchased your first harp, or you have had one in the cupboard for years but never quite got round to playing it, this workshop is just for you. Maybe you already play another instrument or sing and now you want to try something new. We will show you haw to get started. We will assume you love the sound of the harp and can even manage a few simple moves, but you cannot yet bend reeds. The Beginners’ Workshop will cover: Components of the harmonica Posture and hand holds Embouchure (Pucker or Block?) Harmonica tablature Diatonic reed arrangement Navigating the harmonica Simple chords and rhythms Single note playing and tone building The C major scale Glottal stops Simple melodies (first position) Playing in rounds Couplets and Triplets Trills, rolls and trains Introduction to second position (cross harp) Backbone of the blues Playing round 12 bars Breathing exercises Introduction to note bending Intermediates’ Workshop: 1330h-1700h £15.00 “I have the basics and can bend reeds, but I just seem to play the same old thing!” That’s perfectly normal - we all reach plateaus! This workshop will help lift you onto the next level by introducing you to new techniques, styles and positions on the harp. We will assume you already play individual notes cleanly, can direct bend and can follow standard harmonica tablature. The intermediates’ workshop will cover: Breathing exercises and warm ups Location and physics of bends Review of bends: portamento and direct bends C major scale: holes 1-10 (first position) Study piece: Duck Drawl Blues scale: holes 1-10 (second position) Blues Riff: Messing With The Kid Study piece: Stone Fox Chase Linking top and bottom in second position: The Bridge Introduction to first position blues Introduction to third position playing Octaving and note splitting Tongue blocking, slapping and fluttering Vibrato and choking the harp Introduction to Country and Cajun Introduction to Spanish and Latin Study piece: 3 part blues Payment Each workshop costs £15.00. Please make your payment direct to Sussex Music Academy using the workshop registration page at www.sussex.com.Your payment should be made at least two weeks in advance to facilitate management of numbers. Places are subject to a maximum of 15 students per session. If your desired workshop is already full at the time of booking, we will be happy to offer you alternative date. Payments are non-refundable. However, we will be happy to hold a place for you at a subsequent workshop, provided you give at least two week’s notice. No shows on the day will forfeit the workshop fee.
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