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Harmonica Course Autumn 2015

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Brighter Sound presents an opportunity to learn and play folk, blues, jazz and more from the master of all things harmonica, Mat Walklate.  Join us this autumn for a ten week course welcoming harmonicists of all standards.  

There will be three classes, these are:

  1. Beginners: start from scratch
  2. Beginners Continued: extend your new-learned skills
  3. Intermediate-Advanced: brush up on your existing techniques and repertoire and push yourself to new heights 

This ever popular course has something for every aspiring harmonica player.

"Excellent value for money, recommend to anyone who would like to learn basics."

Easy to learn, fun to play, inexpensive and widely used in many styles from folk to classical; with a harmonica you carry a world of music in your pocket.

Tutor Mat Walklate will dispel the myths and reveal the mysteries.

"A fun, informal, and very well-taught introduction to the harmonica. The balance between an informal environment and transfer of musical skills was very well struck."

Beginners learn the fundamental techniques and some simple blues, country and folk tunes (with a bit of Beethoven thrown in). All lessons are taught on diatonic harmonicas in C. The Hohner Silver Star is a good starter model. These are available from the Band on the Wall online store HERE.

"Mat is a great teacher, and I will definitely be signing up for the next course."

Beginners Continued class is for those who want to consolidate and build on fundamental techniques whilst learning new accessible tunes.

Players who have progressed to an Intermediate and Advanced level will learn more complicated tunes and techniques (such as note-bending) and some aspects of music theory.

“...one of the greatest harmonica players on the planet” - Mike Harding

This great series of classes run over ten weeks is led by the renowned blues and Irish traditional harmonica virtuoso and teacher Mat Walklate. Mat currently plays with the Irish traditional group, The House Devils. Course materials for all three levels including recordings and written reference sheets are available online HERE. The access password is available on request from the course tutor or contacting the Creative Music Programme team at tim@brightersound.com.

"I have done all 3 harmonica classes now and I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to learn the instrument. The tutor is excellent, and chooses a good range of tunes to learn and practice different techniques on."

This course is open to all ages and abilities and will be great fun. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sign up quickly... this course fills up fast!

 

Additional event information

Full course dates: Tues: 22, 29 Sep.  6, 13, 20 Oct.  3, 10, 17, 24 Nov. 1 Dec. 
Times: Beginner 6-7pm. Beginner Continued 7-8pm. Intermediate-Advanced 8-9pm