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21st Century Blues: Using the Blues in New Ways

Join Denver harmonica artist Clay Kirkland, recipient of the first annual Swallow Hill Music Distinguished Faculty Award, in his residency visit to the Old Town School. Clay has taught thousands of students in a career spanning 25 years. He says, “I’m going to come to Chicago and teach traditional blues at the Old Town School? I don’t think so. They’ve had that covered for decades.” The class is open to musicians of all levels. You’re encouraged to bring harmonicas in all keys. Areas he will teach include: how to use pranayama (yoga breathing techniques) to play ridiculously fast, control the high notes, and gain great breath control; mixing the blues with the classical raga style of India; rocking the blues with fiery licks; playing quietly and sweetly; taking your playing to the next level.

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