Beginning Blues Harmonica
- School of Music workshop
Congratulations on making the life-altering decision to play the harmonica. The Blues Harp, or Mouth-Organ as it is sometimes called, is a humble instrument that will unleash tremendous musical abilities that exist in you. It’s good for your mind, body and soul. It’s deceptively easy to play simple songs, but the techniques involved in playing great blues are numerous and sometimes difficult to master. We are starting with the basics: how to hold the harp, good breathing techniques, playing blow and draw chords, single notes and melodies, and blues rhythms. We’ll also cover the difference between “straight harp” and “cross harp” styles and how to read tab for harmonica. The class will include a printed guide to getting started that you can take home, and you are welcome to make your own audio recording of the class as well. Bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C.
Watch Annie play here!
This workshop takes place from 1:00-2:30pm.
Annie Raines has been the musical partner of country blues master Paul Rishell for over 23 years. They have recorded six albums together, including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country, and toured internationally, playing festivals, theaters, and clubs and teaching workshops and seminars around the globe.
They have opened for Ray Charles, Little Feat, Dr. John, Susan Tedeschi and John Sebastian, among others. They are currently Visiting Artists in Berklee College of Music’s American Roots Music Program. Annie’s instructional DVD, Blues Harmonica Blueprint, is available from truefire.com.