Winslow Yerxa

Winslow Y.

Berkeley, CA

About Winslow Y.

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Winslow teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1972
Last sign in: Within a month

Overview

My focus is on you - helping you achieve your goals with the harmonica, whatever they may be. Whatever inspires you to pick up the harmonica, whoever you want to emulate, whatever style grabs you, I bring the background, deep knowledge, and teaching experience to enrich your understanding and grow your skills and ability to express yourself musically.

I'm a harmonica specialist, known internationally as a player and teacher. I'm the author of the books Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica For Dummies. I can teach all styles, all levels of expertise and all types of harmonica.

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Experience

Author, Harmonica For Dummies, Second Edition

Jan 2014 - Present
John Wiley and Sons

Producer

Aug 2012 - Present
Harmonica Collective

The Harmonica Collective is an annual gathering of five of the best harmonica players, crafters, and performers to share their knowledge with intermediate and advanced players for four days in the spring. Enrollment is limited to 50 in order to give individual attention to each attendee.

Author, Blues Harmonica For Dummies

Jan 2012 - Present
John Wiley and Sons

President

Aug 2012 - Aug 2015
SPAH, Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica

Since 1964 SPAH has produced a quarterly magazine and an annul convention for up to 500 attendees, with seminars, one-on-one teaching, jamming, open mic, and concerts, along with exhibits by vendors and manufacturers.

Editor and Publisher

Jan 1992 - Nov 1997
HIP - the Harmonica Information Publications

Education

Music composition, voice

Sep 1976 - May 1977
McGill University

Music composition and arranging

Sep 1974 - May 1976
Vancouver Community College

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Winslow Y.

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Bob S. Aug 5, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson went very well and was just as I had hoped.
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Steve W. Jul 29, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Far exceeded my expectations. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot. Winslow is a GREAT instructor and a well respected expert, well known in the worldwide Harmonica community.
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Paul Jun 15, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Winslow is an excellent teacher and I feel fortunate to be learning from him. He is a harmonica master, both in his playing and in his in deep knowledge of the mechanics of the harp and how to play it. He has literally written books on learning to play (Harmonica for Dummies, Blues Harmonica for Dummies).
What I like about our lessons is that he's a great listener. He can hear where I need work and he offers not just one but often several exercises and riffs that address the issue. In addition, he knows the blues, the players, the songs, and the harp riffs for reference. To top it off his manner is light and warm. I feel honored to be learning from him.
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Robert Jun 8, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
In my first lesson with Winslow he listened to what I had to say about my experience, my frustrations and my goals. He listened to me play and quickly diagnosed some issues and offered some helpful advice on how to address them. I came away with a much better sense of how to structure my practices to make them more productive and with some specific things on which to work.
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George Chavez Apr 1, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson. Teacher listens and explains clearly. I look forward to my next lesson.
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Julie Feb 14, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Winslow is great. He really knows what he's talking about and helped me improve a lot! I highly recommend him.