Blues Harmonica Workshop – for beginners (and others)
with official Hohner endorser ADAM GUSSOW
Saturday, October 8
Have you always dreamed of making bluesy sounds on the harmonica? Here’s your chance to
get in on the ground floor and learn the basics from a top pro, Oxford’s own Adam Gussow.
Whether you’re a fan of Chicago blues players like Little Walter, Junior Wells, and James
Cotton or Mississippi legends like Jimmy Reed, Gussow will help you decode what the masters
are doing and take your first steps on the instrument. Topics to be covered include how to hold
the harp; how to make single notes, double stops, and chords; how to play a basic chord rhythm
or two; and how to bend notes for that familiar mournful wail.
No prior experience is needed in order to attend this combination lecture/demonstration and
hands-on workshop, but you will need to bring a standard 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key
ADAM GUSSOW, who has been teaching English and Southern Studies at the University of
Mississippi for the past two decades, is one of the best-known blues harmonica instructors in the
world, thanks to his pair of YouTube channels that together have more than 200,000 subscribers
and 30 million views. As a longtime member of the blues duo Satan and Adam, working with
the Mississippi-born Harlem street legend, Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, he was featured in a
2018 Netflix documentary, Satan & Adam. His current act, blues trio Sir Rod & The Blues
Doctors, features Magee’s nephew, Roderick “Sir Rod” Patterson.