[Harp-L] HarmoniCollege IX 2020 with “professor” Sandy Weltman announces the 7 classes for Saturday April 18.

James Brill Rumbaugh jrumbaug@xxxxx
Sat Jan 4 11:21:51 EST 2020

HarmoniCollege IX 2020 with “professor” Sandy Weltman announces the 7 classes for Saturday April 18.


 Leaning to Play in “Minor” Positions

In this class we will learn how to play minor music (as opposed to major) in five different positions (keys) on one harmonica. We’ll learn to understand when, why and how to choose a particular position for any particular minor song. We’ll also learn a minor song(melody) and a solo in these 5 positions.

A Pentatonic Approach For The Harmonica

I like to tell my students that if they learn nothing else but the pentatonic and blues scale along with some associated licks and patterns, they will probably be able to jam along very competently on any folk, rock, blues or bluegrass song or jam session that they encounter. In this class we are going to dig into the five note pentatonic scale for the harmonica. We will learn licks, patterns and approaches to jamming with this simple yet profound scale.

The Blues Scale

Patterns, excercises and licks will be taught to help assimilate these all important six notes into all of your playing.

12th Position

What is it? When and how to use it. Patterns ,licks and exercises to help you get going. We will also learn a swingy version of a harmonica standard using this position.

Learning To Play in 1st Position (you’ve got to be kidding… I did that years ago when I first started)

Not kidding. We’ll learn way more than you thought possible in this position, including blues, jazz/swing, bluegrass and even some ethnic music.

Approaching Jazz and Swing

This class will focus on an approach to learning, understanding and playing one of the most crucial components to playing jazz/swing on the harmonica, the 2-5-1 progression. Specifically, 2-5-1 licks and patterns in a few different positions.


What is it? How to do it? How to use it? …along with assorted overblow licks in assorted positions.


It all starts Friday April 17 at Heritage Farm 3300 Harvey Road Huntington, WV 25704

6pm Friday night is the “Eat, Meet, and Greet”. Jam 7 to 11.

Saturday Breakfast at 8, classes start at 9, noon lunch, classes 1 to 5. Dinner, Jam 7 to 11

The cost is $90 for Saturday classes and both jam sessions with all food provided.


You can just attend Saturday day classes for $70

If you want to stay “on campus”, we have 2 private rooms still available  for $180.( $90 each night) and 1 bed remaining for $120 ( $60 a night)

For more information go to www.hhcwv.com<http://www.hhcwv.com>

or email jrumbaug at xxxxx<mailto:jrumbaug at xxxxx>

Jim Rumbaugh

The Harmonica Club of Huntington, WV

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