I Did Corky Siegel’s Harmonica Course (Here’s What Happened)
If you’ve seen and heard Corky Siegel, you’ll know that he’s an incredibly expressive player. He’s emotionally invested in every note he plays (in a previous email I shared this awesome example of Corky’s showmanship).
Well, Mr. Siegel himself reached out to me recently to let me know that he has created a new course called Learn to Play Harmonica with Corky Siegel. So I went ahead and took the course…
What’s it all about? In a word: EXPRESSIVENESS
Maybe that’s partly from Corky growing up being personally mentored by people like Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, and Muddy Waters. Maybe it’s partly just who he is . Wherever it’s origin, it comes through LOUD and CLEAR in his course: expressiveness .
There’s lots of great harmonica teachers out there, and each has a particular strength:
Adam Gussow - Lip Blocking Blues Expert
David Barret - Tongue Blocking Blues Expert
Joe Filisko - Historical Blues Expert (foremost living authority, in my opinion.)
Yours Truly - Teaching Total Beginners the Fastest Way to Learn Expert
Corky Siegel - Expressiveness expert, for sure!
In fact, Corky’s course could just as well be titled “Learn Harmonica Expressiveness with Corky Siegel” because his emphasis is that right from the start you can play with emotional impact , using what I typically would call dynamic contrast , and what he describes as intensity variation .
You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again: to be effective on the harmonica it’s ALL. ABOUT. EMOTION.
After I did his course, I’m playing with more emotion.
Emotion is conveyed through intensity variation. Not exactly sure what I mean? Check out a video Mr. Siegel uses in the course to exemplify it: Chris Botti playing “My Funny Valentine” to Sting’s wife. Now That’s dynamic contrast! That’s intensity variation. I hope it’s as inspiring to you as it is to me.
Who’s it for? Corky’s course is suitable for total beginners, and can also provide some inspiration to intermediate and advanced players. It inspired me. It’s not super-technical. It’s pretty Lo-Fi - not a polished production. He’s warm and encouraging. It feels like you’re just “hanging out” with him. And as aspiring players there’s nothing much better than “hanging out” with the best. It’s $25. Worth considering.
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