Intermediate Global Blues Harmonica Summit
Ronnie Shellist: We will cover the basics of 3rd position blues (this is great for minor keys and can also be played over major key songs as well). It is my favorite position work to use for improvisation. If you're not using 3rd position, you need it! If someone calls out a minor song, you're in trouble if you only play cross harmonica/2nd position. It's also very easy to get started and loads of fun! I will also be discussing and sharing some great patterns for playing on holes 6-10 in both 2nd and 1st position. I chose this topic because probably 90% or more of my students work on ideas to engage the high end. It's a very popular topic as most folks are uncertain of what to play and how to get better tone from those high notes. Lastly, I will get into tips for controlling the 2 and 3 draw bends. This is possibly the most important and also the most challenging area for harmonica players!! I feel that these topics are some of the most popular and important things to focus on as a late beginner/intermediate player.
Sam Friedman: Sam discusses ear training and how to connect what you hear to what you play. He will be digging into active listening and practice strategies for getting the most out of those sessions. Sam's also going to coverphrasing and how to become aware of the rhythm of a musical sentence. Lastly, he will be covering breathing so you can have a relaxed approach and relationship to your instrument which is key to opening up technique and improvisation!