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1989 Harmonica Workshop with Charlie Sayles, Walter Liniger and Chicago Bob Nelson
Sun Apr 30 1989
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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive
01:10 Allison Miner introduces a Harmonica workshop; an opportunity for the musicians to share how they learned, who they learned from, their inspiration; introduces Walter Liniger, a researcher at the blues archives at the University of the Mississippi; Charlie Sayles, originally from Massachussetts self-taught Harmonica player, legend; Bob Nelson, from Chicago, originally Louisiana, with a band called the Shadows and has worked with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Slim Harper, etc. 03:38 Invitation to blow along with the instructors (Chicago Bob Nelson) on the audience’s own harmonicas 04:16 Suck in your stomach even when you blow out for good tone when playing the harmonica; next important step is the beat 04:35 Demonstration: Audience participatory “beat” instruction of Harmonica Solo 06:25 There are different styles of harmonica playing exemplified by well-known blues harmonica players; Sonny Terry is Country Blues: things like Train Songs, Fox Chase, where you use a lot of wind 07:04 Demonstration: Sonny Terry’s Playing Style 08:25 Demonstration: Big Walter’s Style 10:32 Demonstration: the Blues Instrumentals; no words, just music, supposed to get the feel from the music, slower beat 14:00 Charlie Sayles takes over the workshop 14:10 Demonstration: “One Way Out” Sonny Boy Williamson, D key harp 15:40 Pick up a C harp first, it’s the greatest harmonica to learn on; D is more complicated 16:10 Demonstration 17:30 Charlie calls for suggestions of examples of style 17:40 Demonstration: Lil’ Walter’s style 18:58 Charlie hung around with Big Walter Horton in Chicago when he was a kid, he taught him: 19:18 Demonstration: Big Walter Horton’s style 20:50 Next Charlie covers the B flat harp and the different positions you play; 1st position is very high notes 21:18 Demonstration: 1st position 21:40 straight forward position is 1st and 2nd position; most harmonica players start out playing 2nd position which is also called cross-harp 21:58 Demonstration: 2nd position/cross-harp 24:05 B flat is a great jazz key; most jazz players prefer this key 24:34 Demonstration: B flat, slower tune 26:45 Walter Liniger takes over the workshop; we always end up in the key of B flat 27:05 Walter says the harmonica is not authentic and indigenous to him (mother tongue: swiss german) but he treats the music as a language that all of the great harp players speak to him; his presentation of harmonica is a reflection of his experience of the south 27:48 Walter’s understanding of the harmonica comes from rural characteristics; frogs, simmering heat, etc. his presentation will be bits and pieces that the audience will remember 28:22 A language is a sound clusters; when one treats music as sound clusters one works on sound 28:47 Demonstration 36:42 Chicago Bob says: when you’re playing music everyone has to play together, so I’m going to listen real hard and compliment him, that’s all you have to do 37:01 Demonstration: All three Harmonica players play together for the audience 40:23 Thank You’s
Harmonica Workshop with Charlie Sayles, Chicago Bob Nelson, Walter Liniger. Allison Miner introduces.
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