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.
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
1) A short introduction on types of harmonica
2) Understanding, refreshing musical
notes in the ‘C Major and A Minor scales ‘
3) Learning to play notes and chords and a training strategy, so that
blow and suck notes 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 to play.
4) Some simple songs to get us started and playing.
5) Some Do’s and Don’ts
6) Techniques for breathing, lips, mouth, hands,practice at home. References.
the instrument clean. You should never share harmonicas with other people.
8) Introduction to the ‘Blues Harmonica’ - discussion.
(Handout will be supplied, some harmonicas will be available for sale.)
Session B: Playing the Blues Harmonica.
Participants should bring a C major diatonic harmonica such as Lee Oscar, Hohner Marine Band, or other good quality instrument (10 holes)
2) Some general musical theory.
3) Note arrangement on the instrument Major
and Minor keys’
4) Chords used in blues songs
5) Understanding cross harp method (1st and 2nd position) How to select the right key
6) Playing the blues, and non-blues songs.
7) Practice bending notes. 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
10) Discussions, questions, and sharing