Harmonica player and teacher Paul Gillings will guide you through the rudiments of playing the humble mouth organ. In one day Paul will take you from being a complete novice to being able to play tunes, scales and chords. You will need: a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (Harmonicas will be available to purchase on the day). The workshop will take you through all you need to know from how to hold the harmonica, to breathing, basic chords, tone, airflow and then onto a introduction to the blues, scales and improvisation. At all stages the emphasis is on actually playing the harmonica and every technique has an accompanying tune and backing track to demonstrate the tuition.
Paul Gillings is a former World Harmonica Champion in the Blues/Rock and Jazz/Melodic categories and has been playing music since 1988.
Paul toured from a young age with the all-harmonica band 'Random Sound" with whom he appeared on over 40 TV shows in 52 countries including 'The Mickey Mouse Club TV Show' in the USA and 'Jools Holland's Happening' and Glastonbury Festival. More recently Paul performs and records his own brand of harmonica driven Indie/Folk and plays live with a number of bands as well as teaching and playing at international Harmonica festivals.