Idaho Harmonica Workshops

The Idaho Harmonica Workshop provides an environment for the growth and advancement of harmonica players in the scenic beauty of the Idaho back country.

The Workshop offers skill building from beginning to advanced, and an opportunity to learn from the best in the Northwest.   

This family-friendly workshop is held in the beautiful back country of Yellow Pine, Idaho, and is open to all ages and abilities.

Be a part of history and the future at the Idaho Harmonica Workshop!

THE 2022 INSTRUCTOR IS

                   Lee Oskar!

 

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark moving to the United States in the late 1960's and became internationally renowned for his unique role as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the pioneer player for the funk/jazz group, War.  He and Eric Burdon had a long succession of soul-funk-rock radio hits like 'Slippin' into Darkness', 'Lowrider', 'Cisco Kid', 'World Is A Ghetto', 'Spill the Wine' and 'Why Can't We Be Friends'.  All of those songs and more were huge TopTen records that got national airplay coast to coast and stayed high up in the charts for months.  Oskar's unique approach to harmonica has earned him the distinction of being voted Instrumentalist of the Year in 1976 in three major publications: Billboard, Cashbox and Record World. 

 

Since then Lee Oscar had recorded many solo albums with eclectic, multicultural influences including 'Lee Oskar', 'Before the Rain', 'My Road, Our Road', 'Free', 'Live at the Pitt Inn', 'The Best of Lee Oskar' , 'Lee Oskar and Friends  Orchestra', 'Those Sunny Days', 'So Much In Love', 'Sublimation', 'The Best of Lee Oskar Volumes 1 & 2' and 2022 release 'Passages Through Music: Never Forget'.  A composer, his compositions have been featured on movie soundtracks and television and commercials.  Lee is the recipient of many Gold & Platinum recordings and honored with special ASCAP Writing Awards. 

 

Quoting the artist he states, "My playing has become more aggressive over the years.  In the beginning, my role was playing horn lines.  Today, it's evolved to the point where I'm playing a lead instrument.  If I'm not doing a solo, I'm playing counterlines - I try to paint within certain spaces in the music to help create the overall picture."

 

Lee's stellar career as a globally touring musician uniquely equipped him to become a revolutionary harmonica maker.  He started Lee Oskar Harmonica Company in 1983 as Founder/President which is second only to Hohner Harmonica in popularity and sales.

 

Lee Oskar's website: LeeOskarMusic.com

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General Workshop Information

Enrollment is limited to 15 students - this ensures each participant has quality instructors time throughout the workshop.

The workshop is held in the Yellow Pine Community Hall from 10:00 am until Noon each day.

You will need to bring a diatonic harmonica in the key of "C".

Idaho Harmonica Workshop t-shirts are available for purchase $20 (ask the instructor for an autograph!)

Sign-In

Sign-in starts at 9:30am at the Community Hall. The workshop fills up quickly.  Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.  Payment is required at sign-in.  The cost of each workshop is $50

 

General Conduct

All attendees must follow the rules of the workshop:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are not allowed in the workshop facility.  Use of tobacco during breaks and after workshop hours must be at least 30 feet from the facility.

  • Harassment, or any behavior that is disruptive or infringes in any way on the safety and welfare of other attendees or staff will be grounds for dismissal.

  • Attendees unable to abide by the rules are subject to dismissal with NO REFUND.

Leashed pets are welcome in Yellow Pine, just not at the workshop.