Get great playing HARMONICA - a fun new leisure time hobby !

A step by step guide on playing the blues harmonica - I'll walk you through this nice and easy music course; enjoy it!
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  • Lectures 18
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 4 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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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 WHAT YOU PAID (within 30 days of purchasing) WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THIS IRONCLAD GUARANTEE IS BACKED UP BY UDEMY.

**over 1750 STUDENTS enrolled with - holy cow - 30 new people joining every day, and now you; I'm happy to meet you, welcome aboard, you just got 1750 new friends!**

Many video lectures updated 7.1.15 and 21.1.15

Please note this course forms a tiny part of my BIG course - that will be the one called 'Learn harmonica, amaze your friends... etc'

I will also give you a Udemy coupon at the end of this course to give you half price off it. Look out for it on the last page.

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

You can:

    ·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.

What are the requirements?

  • All you need is a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in C. Just get one from your local music store or we can mail one to you via SonnyboysMusicstore.co.uk. The Mojo is recomended for Blues and the Sonnyboys Special is a good allround harmonica. Hohner harmonicas are also recommended but any will also get the job done.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this 12 lecture course you will know how to play blues simply with a band, hold your harmonica in different ways to get different effects, how to breathe in a harmonica way, make some cool sounds, play 12 bar blues, understand the history of the harmonica, play five train sounds, play rhythm harp, understand the chords on your harmonica, start picking out single notes, learn about timing and rhythms, play a scale of C, learn about playing in a band and much more. I will also give you a Udemy coupon at the end of this to give you half price off the next course I think you should go on.

What is the target audience?

  • This is for people who have never played harmonica at all and people who have only started dabbling with the harmonica recently. But will serve as a refresher and a 'door-opener' to get you back into it if you played a while back - so really it's for everyone!

What you get with this course?

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

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Curriculum

02:24

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.....


04:28

Here's a short walk round the way Udemy works with this course. It's worth a look as I will show you where everything is and how it all works. There are a few hidden parts that you are using your hard earned to have and I'll show you where they all are.

Section 1: Starting out
Article

Check these videos to see the magic that goes under the hood:

Hohner

http://youtu.be/XxeR1vifJBg

Seydel

http://youtu.be/grrydRwCpi4

http://youtu.be/H3QnreSDnRI

Howard Levy (best player on the planet in my opinion) describes the harmonica

http://youtu.be/UXWUh9gcOew

Which Harmonica to buy for this course?
2 pages
07:23

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:

  • Learn how to hold the harmonica in different ways
  • How to connect it to your mouth
  • How to breathe in different ways
  • How to play Muddy Waters Hoochie Coochie man with a band
  • How to play an easy Blues Shuffle. So in your very first lecture you are going to learn how to play the blues with a band!

ASSIGNMENT = MEMORISE THE TWO BLUES PIECES

NB the tracks come from a CD/Book called Blues Jam Factory that 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.

08:45

So let's summarise this lecture:

  1. Refresh last time
  2. Five points about tone
  3. Playing with chords and rhythms
  4. Try Jambalaya rhythm - see pdf of that name. Just whisper (chug) the words Chicky Ticky etc into the harmoica to create the rhythm as I show you in the video. Put the word 'Ticky' on the beat and keep 'Chicky' quieter - on the back beat. It's easier to describe in the video that in writing.
  5. Try making up your own music

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:

  1. Connect well with your harmonica, open your teeth and stick it in your mouth
  2. Make the inside of your mouth actively cavernous
  3. Playing with hot air such as you would use to steam up a mirror
  4. Have good posture as you play, it is better to play standing up, check in a mirror
  5. Learn to breathe from the diaphragm


All these things and many more will help your playing sound warmer and more attractive to your audience.

09:46

Summary:

    • Refreshing the five points on tone
    • Demo with jews harps from Sound for Health
    • Using hands to create rhythm
    • More on breathing

see these jews harp demos:

http://youtu.be/i_u1mNQRCxM

http://youtu.be/s7QZFnwnJNM

http://youtu.be/MnMXzCGNPSo

http://youtu.be/F8wKtlkayk0

http://youtu.be/IcAPkJ9ke88

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

10:01

Summary:

  • History of the harmonica
  • Embouchure
  • Working out how to define it
  • Playing 1 hole, 2 holes, 3 holes and more
  • Feeling the holes with your tongue so you know where you are

ASSIGNMENT = RESEARCH THE HISTORY OF THE HARMONICA FOR YOURSELF - SEE WHAT ELSE YOU CAN FIND OUT ALSO TRY MAKING A BAMBOO JEWS HARP

Section 2: Getting into chords
08:12

Summary:

  • Looking into and using the chords of C, G - see the attached CHORDS screenshot
  • 12 bar blues with CHOWDER - see mp3 attached
  • Trying to play Oh Susanna with chords

ASSIGNMENT = TRY TO PLAY OH SUSANNA USING CHORDS

Section 3: Starting 'CHUGGING'
08:20

Summary:

  • Refresh Lecture 5 - Oh Susannah
  • Starting Chugging - ta ta ta ta etc
  • Using new 'chugs' - all these come from on another book by Paul Lennon and myself called Get Chugging, and that has now been turned into another Udemy course which you can take if you like.

ASSIGNMENT = MAKE YOUR OWN CHUGS USING WORDS AND MAKE IT RHYTHMIC

08:12

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

08:15

Summary:

  • More chugging - harder that lecture 6
  • Choo diddley, siggy saggy, tooka chicka, zz-acka
  • Single tonguing ta ta ta, double tonguing ta ka ta ka ta ka, triple tonguing ta ta ka, ta ta ka

ASSIGNMENT = MAKE UP MORE COMPLEX CHUGGING PATTERNS

CHECK OUT SONNY TERRY ON YOU TUBE


Section 4: Swing or straight?
08:43

Summary:

  • More Trainsounds
  • Tikka Hoo
  • Tikka Hoo Tikka Duddley
  • Chowder blues pattern
  • Doodiduck blues pattern

ASSIGNMENT = LEARN DOODIDUCK (PAWNSHOP BOUND)

07:57

Summary:

  • Straight or Swing
  • What is a bar?
  • Beats in a bar
  • 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, more

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!

Section 5: Icing on the cake
08:28

Summary:

  • Playing with a shaker
  • Sonny Terry - DO CHUCK, DEE CHUCK

ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE THE ABOVE AND HAVE A GO ON THE SONNY TERRY RIFF

08:08

    Summary:

  • Tips and tricks
  • Blues wahwah
  • Vibratos
  • Use of tongue
  • Tremolos
  • Head Rolls

ASSIGNMENT = PRACTICE ALL THESE TIPS AND TRICKS AND WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEXT COURSE!

01:30

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 next course follows on directly from here. You'll recognise the first few lectures but then it's all brand new.

Just message me, show me the certificate to indicate you've completed this course and you would like the loyalty half price coupon for The Ultimate Harmonica Course - and I'll send it to you. Don't forget you will save about 100 bucks with this link so it's well worth a look!

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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'

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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.

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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 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.


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