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Harmonica Workshop in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska

Saturday, August 3, 2019 starting at 1 PM (90 to 120 minutes)

In this workshop David will work with the 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C major. The $20.00 fee includes a free Clearly Colorful 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C major. This is a perfectly functional harmonica but is not very responsive for playing faster tunes or for producing bluesy effects in the lowest octave.

The first part of the workshop will focus on playing melodies using the straight harp (1st position) approach. It will be suitable even for folks (2nd grade and older) who have never played harmonica before. The tunes presented will gradually get more challenging. Handouts for the straight harp tunes will be provided so if a participant isn’t able to conquer a tune during the workshop she or he will at least know how to proceed to work the tune up at home. Lip pursing, tongue blocking, and different ways to hold the harmonica will be explored.

The second part of the workshop will feature cross harp (2nd position) and will help get folks jamming to some easy blues progressions. Various techniques, such as bending of individual notes, wailing, and wah-wah will be explored. Slant harp (3rd position) will also be introduced to open the door to playing in minor keys.

A better quality 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C than the free Clearly Colorful one provided would make it much easier when tackling advanced cross harp techniques.

Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician, payable at the workshop (check or cash).

For more information send an email to David at david@greenblattandseay.com.

To register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


Sight Reading Workshop in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska

Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop is for fiddlers, violists, mandolinists, guitarists, recorder players, ukulele players, etc.

Participants will be reading from various Greenblatt & Seay publications, and will experience a guided tour of possibilities when having a first encounter with new music.

Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician, payable at the workshop (check or cash).

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


Twin Fiddling Workshop for Fiddlers and Violists in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse in Avoca, Nebraska

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 1 PM to 3 PM

This workshop, led by championship fiddler and author, Deborah Greenblatt, is perfect for fiddlers who want to learn to play duets with other fiddlers. Students of all ages will learn how to construct their own harmony parts. Tunes will range in difficulty from easy to intermediate. Fiddle tunes from several traditions will be explored, including Celtic, Scandinavian, Klezmer, etc.

Enrollment is limited to 10 fiddlers, and pre-registration is required. The fee is $20.00 per musician.

For more information, and to register, send an email to Debby at debby@greenblattandseay.com.

If you think you have registered but do not receive an email confirmation from Debby within 24 hours please send her an email at debby@greenblattandseay.com to let her know.


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Harmonica Workshops

These popular workshops are conducted by David Seay who has been playing harmonica since 1973. Within the first few minutes participants (age 7 and up) will be playing actual folk songs on their very own harmonicas ($3.00 each).

David often includes a mini-workshop version as part of one of his Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau Programs. He also likes to feature harmonica workshops with one or more focus groups during a Nebraska Arts Council’s Artist in the Schools/Communities Residency.

These workshops may be individually contracted and tailored to fit your particular group and event.

Check out David’s Harmonica Workshop web page for more nitty-gritty details.


Beginning Contra and Round Dance

If you can walk then you can learn these fun, easy old-time dances. Debby and David teach the steps one at a time and then call the dances while playing the fiddle and guitar. These sessions generally start with a simple circle dance and conclude with a rousing Virginia Reel. Dance sessions in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse are held in an 830 sq. ft. classroom so they are limited to groups of 8 to 20 paticipants. (High heels not recommended!)


Songwriting Workshops

If you’ve got a group that definitely isn’t shy, and consists mostly of folks who are willing to raise their hands and contribute their ideas, then in collaboration with David and/or Debby workshop particpants can develop lyrics and a melody to create their own original composition.


Hands-on Workshops

These workshops are only available in the Old Avoca Schoolhouse. Individual participants get the opportunity to try out a variety of folk instruments such as banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, spoons, etc. with the help of coaches Debby and David. Hands-on sessions are limited to groups of up to 30ish paticipants but work best in groups of less than 10 so that most everyone is playing some instrument most of the time.


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Quotes...

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon and evening. Wow was that fun. I heard harmonica music from the trees (kids underneath) for the rest of Chautauqua. That was fun!!! Everyone enjoyed all of the instruments.”
...Committee Member
Grand Island Community Foundation Chautauqua 2013

“This presenter was awesome. He was very well prepared, enjoyable and interesting.”
...Harmonica workshop participant
W. Dale Clark - Omaha Public Library

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