Blues harmonica

Course Dates: 23/01/22 - 27/03/22
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Learn essential harmonica riffs and techniques on this lively course. Build your musical skills and confidence in playing and improvising on blues music. Meet the music of the main innovators and trail blazers.
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Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00

Course Code: ME153A

Sun, day, 23 Jan - 27 Mar '22

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Learning to play Blues Harmonica as a beginner or novice. Learn skills and techniques that will help you improve your playing. Appreciate an overview of the history of Blues Harp and how it has been applied in popular music.

What will we cover?

The techniques and theory of Blues Harmonica from authentic Chicago blues to Blues harp in other styles of music such as country.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Know a range of techniques and licks that will help you improvise and play with blues and other styles of popular music.
You will know how relative keys and pitches work and have a basic knowledge of cross harp and straight harp techniques.
Improvise in the idiom with confidence and know-how.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The Blues harmonica is often used as a complimentary instrument with musicians particularly guitarists and singers, so the course is of great use to people with those skills. However, no prior skills are necessary often than an enthusiasm for music.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentation and demonstration, historic and contemporary music examples, use of live piano and backing tracks for students to play along with.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students are asked to provide a major diatonic harmonica in the key of C. These cost in the region of £20-£35. The tutor recommends the Lee Oskar brand by Tombo ( approx. £25) from music shops and online.

Jake Rodrigues

Jake is a multi-instrumentalist whose work for several years has had a strong leaning towards the community and social aspects of music. His songwriting and performing builds bridges between ages and demographics, and his styles of presentation and performance attempt the same. Jake runs Froggy's Famous Fan Club (for pre-schoolers), The Cream of Tartar Show (a cabaret performance/workshop) and is his own One Man Band. He plays ukulele, harmonica, accordion, banjo, guitar, piano and percussion, sings, and writes many, many songs. innovation and re-invention have been the inspiration since the covid curse, and Jake has been exploring his unique musical take with live online shows and a collection of original songs. At City Lit Jake teaches ukulele and harmonica.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.