Peter Royle was originally from Melbourne, Australia, started playing harmonica at the age of ten and the blues harp at the age of sixteen. Performing with
a number of bands singing and playing blues harp during teens and early twenties.
He travelled to Auckland, New Zealand in the mid 70’s playing rhythm guitar, bass and blues harmonica, incountry
and bluegrass bands.
Influenced by Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Rolling stones, Cream, John Mayall, The Allman Brothers, Hank Williams, Fleetwood Mac, The Band, Pink
Floyd and many others.
Peter has always been interested in the musical structure of songs and how each instrument plays a significant part in the overall sound. The placement of notes and spaces, dynamics, rhythm,
speed, voicing,phrasing, words and melody all contribute to the big picture. Bass guitar can dramatically change the feel and mood of a song while providing fundamental timing and runs to cue chord changes for the band.Harmonicas allow
him to provide creative solos at the higher end, with melody and special effect sounds.
The first workshop is for musicians who are starting outor have no experience with this instrument. The
Workshop intends to have you playing simple melodies, by ear, immediately and the ability to pick out any melody, with just 10-15 minutes home practice each day for one to two weeks after
the workshop. The workshop will provide the essential basics, before moving on to the Blues Harmonica.
Participants should bring a Tremolo harmonica 24 Hole 48 Tone Mouth Organ Tremolo Key C Major, and bring
your ears!! The ability to reasonably pitch a note is an advantage.
Examples of harmonicas: Hohner Big Valley (quality instruments); The WINNER, harmonica by Suzuki. 24 holes partitioned (48 tones); (The
Suzuki was under NZ $25 and more than adequate for our workshop)
Session A: Harmonica for Beginners +
Participants need a 10-24 hole tremolo harmonica.
1) Musical notes in the ‘C major scale
2) Practicing the scale notes ascending, descending
3) Learning to play notes and
chords and a training strategy, so that blow and sucknotes become second nature, after just one to two weeks of practice for 10-15 minutes per day - Like riding a bike you will never forget how
4) Some simple tunes to get us all started and playing.
5) Attempt simple group tune.
6) Techniques for breathing, lips, mouth, hands and microphone.
Note: Compact handouts supplied. A small number of new 24 holetremolo harmonicas will be available for sale $20 (bring handouts and harmonicasfrom last year if re-attending)
Session B: Playing the blues harmonica.- intermediate.
should bring a C and D major diatonic harmonica such as Lee Oscar, Hohner Marine Band, or other good
quality 10 hole blues harmonica.
general musical theory.
3) Note positions on the instruments C and D major.
4) Blues chords in Key G and A
5) Selecting the right key.
6) Playing the harmonica against some selected blues songs.
7) Practice bending notes and other techniques to achieve sounds.
8) Placement of notes in
a song, to create the WOW factor. Vamping
9) Jamming playing with guitar and ukulele and having fun with members of Secret Lives Band.
Pre and post course preparation for participants,(all levels) recommended.
(smalldownload fee applies)