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Play music on Harmonica using 8 notes - learn easy tunes!

How to play simple one-octave tunes on just 4 holes of the harmonica plus a little about maintenance of your instrument
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This works for 10hole and 4hole harmonicas.

If you have a 10hole simply put masking tape over holes 1,2,3 and 8, 9+10. This will leave you with 4 holes - let's call then holes 123+4 for the sake of this course.

If you ever wanted to learn the harmonica this brand new course is for you! Please enjoy the course and give it a review.

Perhaps you have just had a workshop with Ben, if so this will go through some of the tunes you learn once again.

Ben will hold your hand all the way through the videos with his infectious and humourous style of teaching. You will feel like he's 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 nice easy lectures.

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.

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.

Ben will check messages weekly where possible and will be most available on fridays (UK office hours) providing he's not teaching. So if you want to arrange a call or skype please message him.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone - children, adults and seniors. No musical experience needed
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What Will I Learn?
The aim is for you to learn a bunch of tunes. By the end you will be able so play simple tunes from memory of from the written music
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  • You need a harmonica in C. Idealy a 4hole Hohner Speedy (google it) or a little lady, or a normal 10hole diatonic with tape covering holes 1,2,3, 8,9 and 10
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:08:59
Introductory video
1 Lecture 04:27

Hi Folks, hope you enjoy this course - if you do, and want more there are plenty to choose from here on

If you or your children have just had a harmonica workshop with me in school this will act as a great refresher and many of the pieces are played in school plus there are new tunes to learn.

If you need a 4hole harmonica please visit and we'll send you one.

You can play all this on a 10hole harmonica instead by simply taping up holes 1-3 and 8-10. The remaining four holes are now known (for the purpose of this course) as holes 1,2,3 and 4.

if you would like the cd/book of 10 simple tunes - some are taught on this course - please visit

Preview 04:27
Grab yourself a 4hole and let's get started!
3 Lectures 17:53

Learn how to play the scale of 'C'

Play it up, down, forward , backwards, each note twice or three times, going up in threes (cde,def,efg,fga,gab,c and back down), leapfrog (ce df, eg etc.)

This will enable you to play thousands of tunes

I have a book called 'The Ultimate Miniature Harmonica Tunebook' - 365 tunes for the four hole harmonica by Pat Missin. I bought it from Amazon and recommend you get a copy.

Preview 04:24

Learn to play this classic tune with me now, just follow my instructions on the video or read it from the book.

Please take time now to print the Funky Nursery book so it will be easier to play.

The Funky Nursery Book is attached in suplementary material (next tab on the right of where you are reading this - the one with a big down facing arrow)

Here's the free download link so you have all the playalong tracks in one go. You will need them for most of the lectures in this course.

Each tune is written out for the 4hole as you have in your hands and also the 10hole so that when you've got it going on the 4hole properly you have another level of challenge awaiting you on the 10hole!

Each song comes in 4 tracks:

1. Sung - please join in

2. V e r y s l o w

3. A little faster

4.Same speed as the sung version

Please study the songs in that order.

If you want a paper copy of the book with accompanying CD you can get it from

Preview 06:21

Here's a classic theme tune which we can play quite easily on the 4 holes of the harmonica, so join me and have a go now.

Star Wars Theme
Christmas tunes
2 Lectures 10:12
Jingle Bells

Deck the Hall
Water based tunes
4 Lectures 23:06

Another classic!

Take your time with this one and try to keep the timing correct - especially in the Merrily Merrily section - don't try to do it too fast. Use the playalong tracksprovided.

Row Row Row Your Boat Boat Boat

Popeye the Sailor man

Drunken Sailor

Frere Jacques
How to fix and maintain your harmonica
4 Lectures 12:21

Here are a few more tips that will help you find your way around your instrument under the hood. Have a go at these little projects on harmonicas that are unplayable in case you make it worse but as alternative to buying a new one it's well worth a shot.

Maintaining Your 4hole Harmonica

Here's how to retune your 4hole harmonica. Give it a go - what could possibly go wrong? I would only do this on harmonicas that are unplayable in case you make it worse but as alternative to buying a new one it's well worth a shot.

Retuning Your 4hole Harmonica

If your harmonica goes 'squeaky' I'll show you how to fix it in this short and easy guide. You need very few tools and very little skill so everyone can have a go.

Fixing your 4hole Harmonica

Wrapping up this course and previewing the next
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About the Instructor
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Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL
  • Wow, over 12 thousand students - you could be next!!

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 


'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'


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 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.

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