Intermediate Blues Harmonica – Tone & Technique
- School of Music workshop
If you already play the harmonica, can bend notes, love the blues, and want to get a deeper sound, this is the class for you. We’ll learn about the techniques that Chicago Blues masters like Little Walter, Big Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson used to build soulful phrases with big tone. We’ll work on tongue-blocking, tongue-slapping and -switching, warbles, vibrato, and breathing techniques for setting up solos. Bring a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C, and other keys if you have them.
This workshop is from 11:00am-12:30pm.
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.