Instructors include Director Rob Roy Parnell, Ronnie Shellist, and Todd Parrott.

Support faculty are Brian "Hash Brown" Calway and Michael D'Eath.

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The 2020 KFF three day Harmonica Workshop will be held Monday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 3rd. 

Registration is $260 through March 31, 2020.  Pre-paid reservations are required, prices increase after March 31. Your registration fee includes admission to the festival and campground (including Sundown Concerts and tent camping), three days of harmonica classes, lunches on class days, a t-shirt and a Hohner harmonica. A 10% discount is also available for current SPAH members.

The Harmonica Workshop is led by Rob Roy Parnell

Other instructors include Ronnie Shellist and Todd Parrott

Support faculty include Brian "Hash Brown" Calway and Michael D'Eath

 

Mission of the Kerrville Folk Festival Harmonica Workshop: To provide a positive learning environment for teacher and student that engages all to learn, study and promote a broader understanding of the harmonica and to inspire all in becoming more passionate about becoming a better player and person outside the workshop environment.

 

What Should Students Bring?

  • Harmonicas in the Key of A, C, D and F in good working order. A harmonica in the key of C is good to bring for 3rd Position Study and Chromatics. The key of C is recommended for the Chromatic for all positions.

  • Notepad with a hard back for writing notes while sitting in a chair with a pen or pencil.

  • Hand held recorder to help capture specific information helpful to the student from the teacher

  • Container to drink water. Kerrville Folk Festival has reasonably priced souvenir thermos cups to purchase or you can bring your own from home.

 

Syllabus (May be adjusted to meet the needs of the students)

Day 1

  • 10:30 am: Hour 1 – Introductions by teacher and students around the stage to get everyone comfortable to learn.

  • 11: 30 am: Hour 2 thru 2.5 – I, IV, V chord progression and other types of chord progressions and discussion on scales and how they relate to the harmonica. Brief discussion on circle of fifths. Discussion on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions.

  • 12:30 pm: Lunch – 30 minutes

  • 1:00 pm: Hour 3 – Two to Three teachers will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment. One teacher explains  24 bars of a I, IV, V progression as well as intro and outros on a song.  All play a 24 bar first position solo. All play a second position solo. All play a third position solo.

  • 2:00 pm: Hour 4 – Two to Three teachers will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment. One teacher holds class with remaining students and talk about using the circle of fifths to understand and master  the first three positions. Use 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position scales. Talk about bends, tone, vibrato, use of the upper comb and over blows. Meet briefly as a group to discuss homework and the events for the next day.

 

DAY 2

  • 10:30 am: ½ Hour 5 – General Session  discussion with faculty and students.

  • 11:00 am: ½ Hour 5 + Hour 6 – Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment. One teacher holds class with remaining students and talk about chromatic and other types of harps, go back over bends, over blows, vibratos and the first three positions of the harps. Playing in different musical  styles.

  • 12: 30 pm: Lunch – 30 minutes

  • 1:00 pm: Hour 7 – Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment. One teacher holds class with remaining students to discuss jam etiquette and microphone etiquette when accompanying a vocalist, or playing with other musicians (duos, trios and full band).

  • 2:00 pm: Hour 8 – Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment.  One teacher holds class with remaining students and re-visits about how the circle of fifths and the first three positions are important to master. Use 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position scales, pentatonic scale on songs/grooves with guitar accompaniment.

  • 3:00 pm: Hour 9 – Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment.  One teacher holds class with remaining students and re-visits about how the circle of fifths and the first three positions are important to master. Use 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position scales, pentatonic scale on songs/grooves with guitar accompaniment.

  • Brief General Session on homework and  this evening’s campfire song circle

  • Approx.. 9:30 pm (after evening concert) meet at Energy Camp to play in a campfire song circle

 

Day 3 

  • 10:30 am: Hour 10 – Teachers will discuss “Every Groove A Harmonica Player  Needs to Know.” It’s about how to communicate with a band. What kind of lingo and slang terms musicians use to quickly convey the groove they want. Approaching different musical styles and jam etiquette and microphone etiquette when playing with other musicians (duos, trios and full band).

  • 11:30  am:– Hour 11- Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment.  One teacher holds class with remaining students  and teaches approach to  playing  different musical styles in diatonic & chromatic and tunings available on the harmonica  to enhance your overall skillset.

  • 12:30 pm: Lunch – 30 minutes

  • 1:00 pm: Hour 12 – Two to Three teachers (teachers will rotate) will take students at 20-minute intervals for the ‘one-on-one’ learning environment.  One teacher holds class with remaining students and re-visits about how the circle of fifths and the first three positions are important to master. Use 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position scales, pentatonic scale on songs/grooves with guitar accompaniment.

  • 2:00pm pm: Hour 13 – Teachers go over playing amplified through mics and PA as well as mics with amps. Discussion on gear etc. Teachers give feedback to each student to launch them into successful wood shedding. Students fill out teachers evaluation. Group picture taking. Last minute discussions on the performance at 7:00pm