Previous sessions (most recent first) - videos and presentations

Videos and supporting material are uploaded as soon as possible


Saturday 8th May - Diatonic (2:00pm start)

RACHELLE PLAS -  how to improvise on the harmonica, and create a harmonica part using simple notes, rhythms and effects. [VIDEO]


Saturday 24th April - Chromatic/general interest

PHILIP HOPKINS - Eight harmonica performances that changed my life (and one of them is diatonic!) [VIDEO]


Sunday 18th April - Diatonic

MARCIN DYJAK -  Introduction to jazz improvisation using 'Fly me to the moon' - [PRESENTATION, AUDIO FILES AND VIDEO]


Saturday 10th April - Chromatic [VIDEO]

PATRICK BYRNE - Based on his popular workshop at the 2019 Harmonica UK festival, Paddy will illustrate his tone-led approach to the chromatic with archive tracks from his three albums, videos of his band Chromactiv and live demos.


 Saturday 27th March - Diatonic

SAM WILKINSON - introduction to 5th position, and using it to play Minnie the Moocher 

[EDITED VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]


Saturday 13tMarch - General interest

GIANANDREA PASQUINELLI & GIANLUCA CASELLI - repertoire of the harmonica duo with electronic devices (orchestral harmonicas and sampler) [VIDEO]


Saturday 27tFebruary - Diatonic

BEATA KOSSOWSKA - blues grooves, riffs and licks. Plus Major/minor pentatonic scales in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position  [VIDEO]


Saturday 20th February - Diatonic

GILES ROBSON -  Art of Sonny Boy Williamson [VIDEO]


Saturday 30th January - Diatonic

AIDAN SHEEHAN -  Welsh folk music for harmonicas [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] [CHORDS FOR SONGS]


Saturday 23rd January - Diatonic/blues

BEN BOUMAN -  Tongue blocking versus puckering -  why and when to use each method separately and together, and how to practise switching between them [VIDEO]


Saturday 16th January - Chromatic/General interest

ANTHONY CRAVEN -  91 year old Anthony does a light hearted talk of his 60 years of experience playing harmonica, starting as a small boy after meeting Tommy Reilly at the Palace Theatre in Hull. His first Hohner chromatic harmonica was £5! [VIDEO]


Saturday 9th January - Tremolo

JIAYI HE - How to arrange and play multiple Tremolo harmonicas [VIDEO]


Saturday 2nd January - Diatonic/general interest

BERTRAM BECHER - maintenance/tweaking workshop for Blues harmonicas and some interesting special tunings that could be tuned from a regular Richter harmonica [VIDEO][PRESENTATION]


Saturday 19th December - all styles

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Our host Sam gives some tips and ideas about putting together a Christmas solo set [VIDEO]. This was followed by an open mic for participants (not recorded).


Saturday 12th December - Chromatic

ALBERTO VARALDO - Rhythms and improvisations in South American music [VIDEO]


Saturday 5th December - Presentation

PATRICK BYRNE - The Show Must Go On... dealing with performance Anxiety [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]


Saturday 28th November - Chromatic

SANTIAGO ALVAREZ - Introducing Argentinian Tango-folk [VIDEO]


Saturday 21st November - Blues Diatonic

PAUL LAMB - techniques & tips on playing the Sonny Terry style of Blues harp…. with some other greats mixed in! [VIDEO]


Saturday 14th November - Jazz/Classical chromatic 

PHILIP HOPKINS - Practice techniques for jazz and classical harmonica (diatonic players welcome too!) [VIDEO] 


Saturday 7th November - Diatonic

RICKY COOL - Building a strong foundation for your harmonica playing. Please download harmonica fundamentals before the session [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] [5 note scale exercise sheet]


Saturday 26th September - All harmonica types

NEIL WARREN  - Transcribing harmonica solos [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]


Saturday 19th September - Diatonic

JOAN PAU CUMELLAS - Bluegrass and Country [VIDEO] [BACKING TRACKS: JambalayaBacking track in G #1; Backing track in G #2; Backing track in G #3 (honky tonk); Backing track in G #4; Backing track in E]


Saturday 12th September - Tremolo/Diatonic

DONALD BLACK - Scottish Celtic Harmonica [VIDEO]


Saturday 5th September - Chromatic

TONY JUKES - Slow... The Magical Sound of the Chromatic Harmonica  -  Part 2 [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] 


Saturday 29th August - Diatonic/chromatic

DAVIDE SPERANZA - Circular breathing & Mississippi bagpipe (using two or more harmonicas for creating drone notes or chords) [VIDEO]


Saturday 15th August - Tremolo

SIMON JOY - An introduction to 3:2 hornpipes [VIDEO]


Saturday 8th August - Chromatic

SAM SPRANGER - Building a classical repertoire, and approaching jazz standards. Advice for beginner/intermediate chromatic players and advanced diatonic players for those that can play diatonic chromatically. Workshop notes   Sheet music: BluesetteLe CygneSatin Doll[VIDEO]


Saturday 1st August - Diatonic/Blues

ADAM PRITCHARD (intermediate/advanced) - Getting started with 3rd Position Blues [PRESENTATION] [BACKING TRACK] [VIDEO]


Friday 31st to Sunday 2nd August

Chromatic weekend [VIDEOS]


Saturday 18th July - Diatonic/Blues

RICHARD TAYLOR (all abilities) Playing holes 7-10 with confidence [PRESENTATION] [VIDEO]

JASON RICCI (Playing solo, with and without singing, Q&A) [VIDEO #1] [VIDEO #2]


Saturday 11th July - Chromatic

JOFF WATKINS (all abilities) Playing blues in the key of G and improvising [PRESENTATION] [VIDEO #1] [VIDEO #2]


Saturday 4th July - Diatonic/jazz (The Summertime Session)

SAM WILKINSON - Getting to know the basics of Summertime in third position, and ideas for variations [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]

MARCIN DYJAK - Improvisation techniques, scales, and patterns for Summertime [PRESENTATION] [BACKING TRACK]


Saturday 27th June - Diatonic/Blues

IAN BOYLE - Melodic playing... dressing up your tunes [VIDEO]

RICHARD GJEMS - Bridging traditional and contemporary blues techniques [VIDEO #1] [VIDEO #2]


Saturday 20th June - Chromatic/diatonic

SAM SPRANGER - Scale exercises for beginners, and tips and tricks for diatonic players crossing over to the chromatic [VIDEO]

ADAM GLASSER - Introduction to Improvising on Chord Changes 


Saturday 13th June - Blues/diatonic

PAUL GILLINGS - Introduction to bending [VIDEO]

WILL WILDE - Demonstration of different diatonic harmonica tunings [VIDEO]


Saturday 6th June - Chromatic harmonica

NEIL WARREN - Diving deeper into Blues Chromatic: learning some more licks and looking at a couple of classic Blues Chromatic solos [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]

TONY JUKES - Getting your chromatic harmonica to 'sing' [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] 


Saturday 30th May - Blues/diatonic

SAM WILKINSON - Exploring the high end of the harmonica [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]

BEN BOUMAN - Blues in 3rd position & customising diatonic harmonicas [VIDEO]


Saturday 23rd May 2020 - blues/diatonic

SAM WILKINSON - Building improvised solos using only one hole (beginner/intermediate) [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION]

RICHARD TAYLOR - Whammer Jammer Part 2 [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] 


Saturday 16th May 2020

Blues for intermediate and advanced players

LEE SANKEY - [VIDEO] Timing skills 

RICHARD TAYLOR - Whammer Jammer Part 1 [VIDEO]  [PRESENTATION]

Old-time/Zydeco/Bluegrass/jug-band for all players

ED HOPWOOD [VIDEO] [PRESENTATION] 


Saturday 9th May 2020 - Chromatic and tremolo - for beginners and intermediate players

NEIL WARREN - Blues Chromatic for blues converts  [VIDEO]  [PRESENTATION]

SIMON JOY - Tremolo harmonica for beginners & Tremolo harmonica for intermediate/advanced players [VIDEO]


 Saturday 2nd May 2020 - Blues for beginners 

PAUL GILLINGS - Getting to know your harmonica [VIDEO]

SAM SPRANGER - Playing a 12-bar blues [VIDEO]