Learn to improvise on your harmonica - in nice easy steps

Here are Ben's best tools for improvising in music - blues, folk, jazz, rock & everything; easy step by step guide!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2014 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 brand new 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?

  • 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?

  • When you have competed this course you will have all the basic improvising skills and tools you need. You will know which keys your harmonica plays in, how to go to a jam or session, how to start constructing solos, what roles the harmonica player needs to fulfil, plus you will get more insight into the playing of Sonny Terry

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. It would be smart to take the three preceeding beginners courses but not essential

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Improvising with major pentatonics
Promotional Video
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01:18

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.

08:48

Summary:

Improvising with the C and G pentatonic scales

ASSIGNMENT: PLAY ALONG WITH THE TRACK AND TRY TO GET ACCURATE NOTES

08:50

Summary: more on the G and F pentatonics

ASSIGNMENT: WORK ON G AND F

TRY PLAYING C PENTATONIC FOR 2 BARS AND THEN G PENTATONIC FOR 2 BARS WITH THE TRACK FROM THE PREVIOUS LECTURE OR THE NEW (SLOWER) TRACK ATTACHED HERE. IT WILL FIT VERY WELL AND SOUND GROOVY!

Section 2: Improvising with Minor pentatonic scales
07:51

Summary: Learning the d minor pentatonic

ASSIGNMENT: USE THE ATTACHED MP3S AND CHART TO UNDERSTAND THE SCALE AND USE IT FREELY. THE AUDIO IN THIS SECTION COMES FROM 'BONES OF THE BLUES'

08:31

Summary: Learning the e minor pentatonic

ASSIGNMENT: USE THE ATTACHED MP3S AND CHART TO UNDERSTAND THE SCALE AND USE IT FREELY. THE AUDIO IN THIS SECTION COMES FROM 'BONES OF THE BLUES'

08:23

Summary: Learning the a and b minor pentatonic

ASSIGNMENT: USE THE ATTACHED MP3S AND CHART TO UNDERSTAND THE SCALE AND USE IT FREELY. THE AUDIO IN THIS SECTION COMES FROM 'BONES OF THE BLUES'

Section 3: Coverting into blues scales
06:47

Summary: Learning the d blues scale

ASSIGNMENT: PLAY ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS TRACK IN THIS KEY OR FIND SOME FRESH BLUES MUSIC IN THE KEY OF D - I'M SURE GOOGLE WILL ADVISE IF YOU CAN'T FIND ANY.

08:19

Summary: Learning the e blues scale

ASSIGNMENT: PLAY ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS TRACK IN THIS KEY OR FIND SOME FRESH BLUES MUSIC IN THE KEY OF E - I'M SURE GOOGLE WILL ADVISE IF YOU CAN'T FIND ANY.

Converting major pentatonic scales into blues scales Gmajor to G blues
07:42
Section 4: Soloing, going to a jam or session
09:29

Summary: Learning how to start soloing

ASSIGNMENT: follow the video

08:14

Summary: Blues Jam sessions or folk/Irish/klezmer sessions

ASSIGNMENT: GO TO ONE, RECORD IT , PRACTICE AT HOME THEN GO BACK AND PLAY THERE

08:55

Summary: What roles are the for the budding harmonica player at a session?

Watch this video to find out.

ASSIGNMENT: PREPARE FOR THESE ROLES

Section 5: A bit more Sonny Terry
11:10

Summary: More Sonny Terry taught on the video

ASSIGNMENT: GET SOME ORIGINAL SONNY AND STUDY IT

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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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