This abbreviated four-week class for summer students will cover basic harmonica skills, including those required for playing blues, country, folk, gospel and other styles of music, and creating the distinctive tonal and rhythmic sounds for which the harmonica is known. Ear players welcome. Included will be a practice plan for the remainder of the summer with provision for periodic check-ins with the instructor.
Skip introduces the skills, then slowly goes over and plays a song that applies the skills. The emphasis in class is on learning and applying, and each class includes a review of songs from earlier weeks. Hard copy tab is provided for all songs, but playing by ear is encouraged if the student is comfortable trying it. Students are often surprised how easy it becomes. A guitar player usually accompanies the class for part of the class. The last class session is a performance, usually outside the School.
You are welcome to record the entire class, but each class is ended with a 2-5 minute summary for recorders. As this class is “Harmonica 1 and Rep,” students have the option of enrolling for more than one term to further develop skills and to learn additional songs at this level.