Harmonica Basics

The 4 week course gives opportunity to learn different skills each week and practise them with new songs each class. Start at the basics – a nursery rhyme – so that you don’t have to worry about the song, just concentrate on the harmonica. Finish playing one of the best known blues songs ever – Hoochie Coochie Man. You will need to practise each day in between the classes in order to become proficient – about 30 minutes a day minimum. But who can stop at 30 minutes?!

Day 1 The Diatonic Harmonica and how it works Producing a single note The Major Scale Simple tunes (Nursery Rhymes & Amazing Grace)

Day 2 Multiple Notes & Playing Chords Being expressive: The Wah and the Slide Introduction to bending Notes Heart of Gold (Neil Young)

Day 3 Train sounds (obligatory for a Blues player!) Chugga Chug The Whistle Practise Bending Mystery Train

Day 4 Bending Head Rolls Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters)

Materials List

You will need a Diatonic Harmonica (often called a Blues Harp) in the Key of C. I recommend (and can supply at cost) the Hohner Special 20 – a robust, inexpensive, professional instrument. ($80 - subject to availability and organized in advance) All teaching material will be supplied – bring a pen to make some notes.

Tutor: Matthew Roberts

Trained in Harmonica by the great Jim Conway, Matthew has been teaching almost as long as he can remember. As a multi-instrumentalist he understands what the harmonica can do for a band as well as solo playing. Since he was originally trained as a guitar player, Matthew is able to accompany the students as they master the harmonica skills through the course. He has played with Phil Manning (Chain), Robert ‘Soul Kinda Feelin’ Susz, George Washingmachine, and many others.