How to play easy tunes on the harmonica - just the basics

A step by step guide to playing music on blues harmonica. I'll show you where the notes are to get you playing tunes now
4.8 (4 ratings) Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
72 students enrolled
Instructed by Ben Hewlett Music / Instruments
$35
Take This Course
  • Lectures 15
  • Contents Video: 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works

Discover

Find online courses made by experts from around the world.

Learn

Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.

Master

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 2/2014 English

Course Description

MY PERSONAL GUARANTEE - I AM SO CONFIDENT YOU WILL LOVE THIS COURSE THAT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT YOU DON'T, I WILL REFUND YOU ALL THE MONEY (within 30 days of purchasing) WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THIS IRONCLAD GUARANTEE IS BACKED UP BY UDEMY.

If you ever wanted to learn the harmonica this course is for you!
I will hold your hand all the way through the videos with my 'infectious and humourous' (I'm told) style of teaching. I am right with you talking to you personally in a one to one lesson showing exactly you how to do it, and encouraging you to become confident and go it alone.
This course gives you a series of basics in 12 easy lectures. If you take one lecture per week that's three months, although you can fast track and do it all in a weekend if you like.
It's designed to be fun, friendly, easy for anyone to learn - even non-musical people! It is designed to help you succeed and lead you on to the next in the series.
There are pdfs and mp3 downloads with every lecture so you can read the tablature and play along with the audio music written especially for learning harmonica. Look in 'View resources' in the top right of your screen. The download tab is second in from the left - the one with the arrow.
Please be sure to visit the Questions area and Forum to interact with other students. It's a great way to learn more and helps you apply what the course gives you.
I check my messages daily where possible if you want to arrange a call or skype please message me.
'Ben Hewlett is the UK's most respected harmonica teacher and most prolific author. He will lead you through the ins and outs of harmonica playing through a series of short video lessons. His teaching style is confident, practiced, humorous, skillful, knowledgeable and packed with information in bite sized chunks.
Ben is used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals and is delighted to offer his services to you.'

PLEASE NOTE THE CONTENTS OF THIS SHORT COURSE ARE INCLUDED AS A SMALL PART OF MY ENORMOUS 'LEARN HARMONICA, AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS, AND HAVE FUN' COURSE - FORMERLY KNOWN AS 'THE ULTIMATE HARMONICA COURSE'. THINK OF THE BIG ONE AS A BOXED SET (DISCOUNTED FOR BULK PURCHASE) AND THIS COURSE AS THE SMALL INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS.

What are the requirements?

  • A 10hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C

What am I going to get from this course?

  • After you have finished this course you will be able to play single notes on your harmonica and know how to play scales and tunes. A further objective is for you to start understanding how to play in different keys on one harmonica - people won't believe that it is possible but I'll show you how in this course.

What is the target audience?

  • This is for anyone. No musical experience needed. It is recommended that you take the Beginners Level one course first to avoid missing out on the basics but you can start here if you wish; this course is a self contained unit of learning.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

02:22

Here's the introduction to the course so have a squint at it to see what groovy things you will be learning.

Don't worry when I say 'welcome to lecture 3' and you are looking at lecture 5 - you might think something has gone wrong but fear not, it's all in sync and you are not seeing things! Those are the lecture numbers as I planned and filmed them.

But later, when I added the Indroductory videos they appeared as lectures and displaced the numbering system.

04:28

This tells you how to use the site.

Please remember to tell your harmonica community, leave me a glowing feedback report and as many stars as you can manage!

Section 1: Starting to find single notes
08:08

Summary:

  • Single notes, how to pucker up
  • How to play C and D on hole 1
  • How to play C and A on hole 10
  • Fat Tone - how to achieve it

ASSIGNMENT = WORK ON GETTING SINGLE NOTES WITH CLARITY, ACCURACY AND TONE

TRY PLAYING THE TWO BLUES TRACKS ATTACHED - THEY ARE FROM 'SEARCH FROM THE SINGLE NOTE' WHICH I WROTE A WHILE AGO WITH PAUL LENNON

10:49

Summary:

Single notes extension

Scale of C

Holes 4, 5, 6, 7 as well as 1 and 10

ASSIGNMENT = TRY TO GET CLEAR SINGLE NOTES ON THE SCALE OF C

07:54

Summary:

  • Tone - remember the five point about tone from Beginners level 1 course
  • Single notes
  • Tonguing - ha, ta, ka, cha, la, sa
  • Double tonguing taka, taka
  • Triple tonguing tataka, tataka

ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE THE ABOVE WITH THE SCALE OF C AS TAUGHT ON THE VIDEO

Section 2: Box Patterns
07:10

Summary:

Learning box patterns and extending them

CEGD first one. Blow hole 1, blow hole 2, draw hole 2, draw hole 1 and repeat all this.

Next start the same pattern from hole 2, then hole three and upwards.

ASSIGNMENT = TRY PATTERNS WITH TA AND TAKA

08:09

Summary:

  • Faster box patterns
  • Starting on different holes
  • 3, 4, 5 and 6 note box patterns
  • Using tonguing as well co-ordinating tonguing and movement

(OOPS - on the video at 5:05 I say we'll play some 4 note patterns and then play some 3 note patterns - never could count very well!)

ASSIGNMENT = HAVE A GO AT THE PATTERNS AND SEE HOW GOOD/FAST/ACCURATE YOU GAN GET

08:09

Summary:

Looping in 7 beats or 8

On the video I get confused! I don't actually play the version with 8 notes on the video but you can have a go. It should be like this: going up CDEFGABCD and coming down like this: CBAGFEDC

Breathing patterns

Leapfrog

in 3s, 4s

ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE THESE PATTERNS EVERY DAY

Section 3: Tunes
07:28

Summary:

Learning simple tunes - Twinkle Twinkle

From the downloadable CD/Book 'Funky Nursery'

ASSIGNMENT = USE THE FOUR ATTACHED MP3S TO LEARN TWINKLE.

1. SING ALONG

2. PLAY ALONG V E R Y ... S L O W L Y

3. PLAY ALONG A LITTLE QUICKER

4. PLAY AT FULL SPEED IF YOU CAN!

07:56

Summary:

Learning Dminor scale (dorian) 3rd position

Improvise with the notes of this scale on 'John Wintergreen'

This tune was composed for Mastermix (on HarmonicaWorld.net)

ASSIGNMENT = LEARN THE D SCALE.

HAVE A LITTLE GO AT IMPROVISATION WITH 'JOHN WINTERGREEN'

HAVE A LOOK AT PLAYING SCARBOROUGH FAIR - WE RETURN TO THIS IN LECTURE 11 WITH A PLAYALONG TRACK AND WRITTEN MUSIC - BUT TRY TO FIND IT WITHOUT ANY HELP JUST NOW

07:29

Summary:

  1. Playing E phrygian minor
  2. 5th position
  3. belly dancing music
  4. adding the missing notes
  5. learning to play all seven modal scales

All 7 Modal scales:

CDEFGABC

DEFGABCD

EFGABCDE

FGABCDEF

GABCDEFG

ABCDEFGA

BCDEFGAB (start on hole 3)

ASSIGNMENT = LEARN THESE SCALES

PLAY 3 BLOW, 2 DRAW REPEATEDLY - BOTH ARE THE NOTE OF 'G'

Section 4: Bonkers Bonus
04:26

I thought I'd share a cool video I did many years ago on a mini harmonica.

Nothing to do here - just so you can see what you can do with a 4 hole instrument. It has just the notes of the Scale of C - CDEFGABC and is the equivalent of holes 4-7 on the normal 10 hole instrument. Enjoy!

Wait - could you pick out some of those tunes and try to play them?

Section 5: Harder tunes
07:25

Starting to learn Scarborough Fair

This tune, and When the Saints in lecture 12, were also arranged for Mastermix (on HarmonicaWorld.net)

ASSIGNMENT = PLAY SCARBOROUGH FAIR WITH THE PLAYALONG TRACK

07:59

Starting to learn When the Saints

ASSIGNMENT = PLAY WHEN THE SAINTS WITH THE PLAYALONG TRACK. IT'S A BIT FAST SO YOU MIGHT NEED TO WORK UP TO IT!

NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE ME SOME FEEDBACK PLEASE - A REVIEW ON UDEMY AND AS MANY STARTS AS YOU CAN MANAGE!

10 questions

What did you learn? Let's see!

Concluding lecture
00:54

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Ben Hewlett, Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

  • Nearly 10,000 students can't all be wrong - now it's time for you to have a go!
  • You want transparency? OK. I'LL PROVE HOW GOOD MY COURSES ARE - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM YOU CAN HAVE ALL YOUR MONEY BACK - NO QUIBBLE; 100% GUARANTEED BY UDEMY! 

Here's how my courses are categorised in terms of subject, purpose and content. 'Instant' courses are simple tunes; 'Learn Harmonica' is the harmonica encyclopaedia for everyone; 'Bones of the Blues', 'Get Chugging', '101 Blues Riffs', and '60 Sonny Terry Riffs' are the video taught versions of books I've written (you can google them) and the others are all about different techniques. I also have Celtic music courses for you.

If you see a course you want but don't have the cash you can talk to me. If you are a student or not earning much I will support you with a lower price, but if you are doing ok you can support me - how's that?

About the Guru. Harmonica Guru? Guru Schmuru; I'm joking - someone said it once and it appealed to my ego!

*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK

*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996

*Lousy at spelling - getting worse actually so tell me if you see a typo pleese

*Ben qualified as CTABRSM in 2002 (Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

*Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995

*Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, the National Harmonica League of UK and the International Harmonica Organisation).

*Ben's teaching business HarpsCool is proud to be 'IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOHNER'

'Ben Hewlett is one of the UK's most respected harmonica teachers and the UK's most prolific author on harmonica tuition. He will lead you through the ins and outs of harmonica playing through a series of short video lessons. His teaching style is confident, practiced, humorous, skillful, knowledgeable and packed with information in bite sized chunks. Ben is used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals and is delighted to offer his services to you.'

'You'll know Ben better as a harmonica teacher but he also studied Irish Drum - Bodhrah - and tin whistle in the 1990's with the now very famous Steafan Hannigan and Marc Moggy from Renegade Rhythms. He got so into Bodhran playing he bought an expensive tuneable drum from Marc and it works better than ever to this day. Ben has played Bodhran in bands and sessions for years and even has a Senheiser bass drum microphone embedded into his drum. Check out his Bodhran teaching on Udemy'

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I would recommend using 'Transcribe!' for slowing down and changing the key on my backing tracks - it's free as a trial and well worth a look in my opinion.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

I have been teaching people to play harmonica since 1996 as a full time job. I have started tens of thousands on their way to play the harmonica and I can tell you - it sure beats working!

I believe I was the first person to be a full time harmonica teacher in the UK, there are still very few of us - so there's plenty of room if you want to come and join me.

Recently I have become the Chairman of the National Harmonica League (NHL) which supports the UK harmonica players community.

Much of my time is spent writing books with Paul Lennon on how to play the harmonica, there are 20 or so with loads more in the pipeline - we have so many ideas it never stops.

I teach children near home, and with my team at HarpsCool where the team and I give 400 children weekly harmonica lessons.

My YT videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching on Udemy; there are millions of hits on the youtube sites and thousands of subscribers. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it's helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing - at last!

I run workshops at major harmonica festivals including SPAH in the US, the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK, the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany - home of Hohner, and the Harmonica Masters Workshops also in Germany.

I even use the harmonica in team building events for many international companies.

Cruise Ships have been part of my teaching life since 2002 and the combination of teaching, performing and travelling is quite a blast. Who knew teaching the harmonica would take me to the Caribbean three times, Africa, Russia, Scandinavia, and Atlantic Europe.

You will often find me performing in various venues and going to jam sessions, and I love playing with interesting groups or sitting on a number when The opportunity arises - that's one of the wonderful things about the harmonica, you can have it in your back pocket and join in with people wherever you are.

So you are in extremely competent and safe hands, so do yourself a favour and try one of my courses - in fact have a free lecture or two to suck it and see - that's a harmonica joke by the way.


Ready to start learning?
Take This Course