We will begin with a discussion of harmonica history and types of instruments. I will share some of my entertaining stories of players I have met, jams I attended and share anecdotes about some of characters that taught me and made history. What you'll learn • how to play the 12 bar blues, chords, rhythms, tone and chugging • how to breathe properly, use straight and swing rhythms • how to play single notes with pucker and tongue-blocked embouchures • scales, modes and positions, single/double/triple tonguing • how to use major and minor pentatonic scales for improvising and soloing • how to bend notes, use the hands properly, different types of vibratos and tremolos • how to play in the Masters' styles - Sonny Terry, Walter Horton etc. • Sonny Terry’s famous Country blues Chugging train rhythm pattern • Even if you've been told you are musically hopeless you can play harmonica! • You don't need any previous musical experience • Tone deaf? no problem! You can play harmonica.
Bob & Petra
I am a well known harmonica player using the stage name of Jr. Bliggins. I have been teaching the instrument for over 20 years and have been playing it for over 40 years. I am a partner in the duo Bliggins and Goines which has two albums to our credit. My experience dates back to the 1970s when I began to play the instrument and was lucky enough to take instruction from the late world famous player Sonny Terry. I have played with many talented musicians including Steve Guyger and Joe Filisko and Paul Lamb. My passion is the history of the harmonica as its use evolved from a novelty within old-time pre-bluegrass folk music of the Appalachian Mountains to today's latest styles.
Brand new 10 hole diatonic harmonica
We will conduct our workshop in my studio in Stockton New Jersey. Available is my wide selection of harmonica music and studio level recording gear.
Folk and Country Blues Harmonica