Shoji was away this week, but his teaching continues. People tried pentatonic scale playing in class and that led to a lengthy discussion where people were asking follow up questions and trying to understand and apply Shoji's recent classes.
Remember folks that playing consciously like this is a process, so keep working at it and practicing!
Tickets On Sale Now - Chicago Blues Harp Bash #6!!!
Chicago Blues Harp Bash website is updated, the poster is in the works and tickets are on sale now!
September 22, 2013, 6pm, in Szold Hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music
Johnny Sansone from New Orleans will headline! Sansone is a powerful singer, low-down blues harp player and a well-respected songwriter. As a matter of fact, his song The Lord Is Waiting and the Devil Is Too was a Blues Music Award Song of the Year winner. He isn't often in Chicago and we're proud to be bringing him here for you!
Our terrific local harp players are Zoe Savage, Tall Paul Sabel, Scott Dirks and Grant Kessler.
The bandleader this year is Shoji Naito and he's lined up Mike Scharf on bass and Mark Fornek on drums.
Mark your calendars - it's going to be a hot show!
Also, Joe has copies of three of Sansone's discs available in class - $15 for one, $25 for two and $30 for all three.
Fun article in Collector's Weekly with the world's longest title:
How A Gang of Harmonica Geeks Saved The Soul of The Blues Harp
- Next week is the last class of the session. There is a break and the session resumes September 9. Register now!
- Reminder from Joe that he's working up prizes for the recording contest, so don't forget to be working on getting your best material down on disc before the end of the year!