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Many video lectures updated 7.1.15 and 21.1.15
Please note this course forms a tiny part of my BIG course - 'Learn harmonica, amaze your friends'
If you would like a Udemy discount coupon for the BIG one please message me. It's currently $200 but I can reduce it dramatically once you have completed this small course.
You know you always wanted to learn to play the harmonica?
Then this updated course is for you!
I will hold your hand all the way through the videos with my 'infectious and humourous' style of teaching - people tell me that, and who am I to argue.
You will feel like I'm right with you in a one to one lesson showing exactly you how to do it, and encouraging to to become confident and go it alone.
This course gives you the 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 is designed to help you succeed and lead you on to the next in the series.
There are pdfs and mp3 downloads with many lectures 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 Udemy messages most days so feel free to message me if you have a question and I'll do my best to come back to you quickly.
"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."
I am used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals, one to one, groups, night school, corporate teambuilding, as a guest lecturer on cruise ships and but now it's your turn!
Do you want to get so good you'll be able to confidently play the songs you love for family and friends, jam with musicians, or even play on stage with a band?
Don't play an instrument? Learn the Harmonica, it's easy, cheap, portable, and sounds great.
If you can breathe you can play the harmonica.
Why play the harmonica?
·It's easy to play – you don't even need to use fingers
·The harmonica is an accessible and relatively easy introduction to music
·You can play scales and tunes over three octaves
·You can play rhythms with chords, as well as melodies (sometimes even both at the same time!)
·You can also play pairs of notes simultaneously using different intervals, including octaves
·It's cheap and fits in your pocket
·You can play along / accompany on the piano – the harmonica equates to the white notes on the piano
·It sounds great right out of the box
You can learn to play it chromatically (all the sharps and flats) but most people generally don't get to this stage so initially we play it modally to access C major, D minor (dorian), E minor (Phrygian), F major (Lydian), G major (mixolydian) A minor (aeolian), B minor (locrian)
You can play the Blues – where the harmonica is best known
You hear it on adverts and TV theme tunes all the time – now you can join in
A lot of bands use the harmonica as part of their show – that could be you
There are a thousand harmonica performances viewable for free on YouTube – you thought you were the only one?
It can lead to work if you want it to; there are many people who play music in bands and who teach and write about music as a full time or part time living.
The world's most popular instrument – Guinness book of world records – so they say
·Play on stage
·Or with your friends
·Or at a jam session
The harmonica is a small, versatile instrument played in nearly every kind of music and most cultures the world over. Though it may seem confusing to learn at first glance, the harmonica is actually an easy and fun instrument to get started playing.
'You're not just learning an instrument : you're exploring your soul. You need what Virginia Woolf called "a room of one's own," i.e., a place where you can practice obsessively and/or cut loose without worrying too much about the wife or husband, the roomate, the dogs, the kids, or the neighbors overhearing and critiquing you. This can be your bedroom or bathroom, a stereo room, the basement, an office, or it can be outdoors, in an abandoned park tunnel or along a windswept boardwalk--anywhere in which you feel as though you're away.' From Adam Gussow's site
Best of all, learning the harmonica is fun.
You all know the sound of a harmonica; you hear it on a Beatles track, in a Western Movie, in a TV theme tune or on a advert. It'll always be in classic rhythm and blues songs. The voice of the harmonica is all around us, it's distinct and wherever it is found, it always sounds cool.
The harmonica has been enjoyed on top of mountains, in deserts, jungles, trenches, and prisons and even in a Gemini Space Rocket, so keeping one in your pocket is no problem.
Here's the introduction to the course so have a squint at it to see what groovy things you will be learning.
If you would like the whole box set have a look at The Learn Harmonica Course and message me through Udemy if you would like a special one-off deal.....
Check these videos to see the magic that goes under the hood:
Howard Levy (best player on the planet in my opinion) describes the harmonica
Welcome to your first harmonica lesson - I really hope you enjoy this course.
I am very proud to offer this series of courses and lectures to you and in a sense it is the culmination of 18 years of teaching.
So let's summarise this lecture:
ASSIGNMENT = MEMORISE THE TWO BLUES PIECES
NB the tracks come from a CD/Book calledthat I wrote a while back with Paul Lennon. Although we don't have time to go through all of it here we will dip into this and other of my books from time to time as we go through the course.
The idea is that you take one lecture per week so the beginners course should last you three months. I find with my students that people are so busy these days it is better to give them, or I should say, you, small amounts of information on a regular basis so that they/you have time to practice what you learn and then come back for the next lecture.
I will provide you with lots of written tuition but mostly it will be video as I think it's more personal and it's good to learn by ear as well as visually. With music it's the ears that need the training more than anything.
I forgot to mention in the video intro to lecture one that I teach many workshops all over the world especially at Harmonica festivals. The biggest one in America is SPAH.org and I was delighted to teach a seminar and be part of Joe Filisko's teach-in at the 50th anniversary 2013 event in St Louis, Missouri.
I also teach regularly at the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK and in Trossingen, the home of Hohner, at the World Harmonica Festival and am booked to teach 20 lectures in 4 days at Steve Baker's Trossingen Harmonica Masters Workshop in 2014.
So let's summarise this lecture:
ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE WHAT I'VE TAUGHT YOU TODAY
LIE DOWN AND LEARN THE FIVE POINTS ABOUT TONE AND TRY TO BREATHE FROM THE DIAPHRAGM
Five points about tone:
All these things and many more will help your playing sound warmer and more attractive to your audience.
Tone and breathing are really the essence of breathing instruments so spend some time on it please. We will keep coming back to this aspect.
ASSIGNMENT = WRITE DOWN ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREATHING YOU CAN COME UP WITH AND TRY THEM ON THE HARMONICA
ASSIGNMENT = RESEARCH THE HISTORY OF THE HARMONICA FOR YOURSELF - SEE WHAT ELSE YOU CAN FIND OUT ALSO TRY MAKING A BAMBOO JEWS HARP
ASSIGNMENT = TRY TO PLAY OH SUSANNA USING CHORDS
ASSIGNMENT = MAKE YOUR OWN CHUGS USING WORDS AND MAKE IT RHYTHMIC
These tracks come from a CD/Book called Blues Jam Factory that I wrote a while back with Paul Lennon.
ASSIGNMENT = MEMORISE THE 12 BAR BLUES PATTERN AND THESE BLUES CHUGS
ASSIGNMENT = MAKE UP MORE COMPLEX CHUGGING PATTERNS
ASSIGNMENT = LEARN DOODIDUCK (PAWNSHOP BOUND)
ASSIGNMENT = TRY TO FIND SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSIC AND CLAP OR PLAY ALONG IN THE RIGHT RHYTHM. YOU CAN EVEN DO THIS IN THE CAR TAPPING ON THE STEERING WHEEL - HARMONICA PRACTICE!
ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE THE ABOVE AND HAVE A GO ON THE SONNY TERRY RIFF
ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE ALL THESE TIPS AND TRICKS AND WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT COURSE!
Well that's it, well done, you made it. But there's more; if you have enjoyed this please WRITE ME A REVIEW and give me a tweet, FB like, pin, tumblr etc and tell your pals - it's good to spread the word, they will thank you!
And if you haven't enjoyed it please tell me the reason and we'll see if we can get a refund if it's within 30 days of purchase.
The 'Learn Harmonica' course follows on directly from here. You'll recognise the first few lectures but then it's all brand new.
Let's see what you've learnt and retained!
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?
*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK
*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996
*Lousy at speelling - 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 - Bodhran - 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'
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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 300 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.