Starting to play the blues on your harmonica in easy steps

Learn the basics of intermediate harmonica playing. Today you are starting with blues and rhythms! Music at it's best.
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  • Lectures 16
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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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 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?

  • You need a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in C - that's all

What am I going to get from this course?

  • From this course you will get a lot of knowledge about the basics - breathing, tone, chords, chugging, blues, tongue blocking, chordal tunes and a bit of Sonny Terry

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone can take this course but it's best if you've had some experience on the harmonica. If you are a beginner please start at the beginner level one course

What you get with this course?

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

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Curriculum

Promotional video
Preview
01:56
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04:25
02:21

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.

Section 1: Let's get started!
09:38

Summary:

  • How to hold the harmonica
  • Play Hoochie Coochie Man
  • Play the blues Dr Dr Doc
  • These pieces come from Blues Jam Factory



ASSIGNMENT = LEARN THESE THREE THINGS

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10:30

Summary:

  • Learning about breathing - chest, lungs, abdominal, cheeks
  • Improve your tone quality - more in lecture 3
  • The third lung
  • Chords


ASSIGNMENT = TRY WORKING ON ALL YOUR NEW BREATHING PATTERNS AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN

08:51

Summary:

  • Fat tone - let us zoom in on this, it is really important
  • Different types of harmonica body/comb
  • Put the harmonica further in your mouth - eat that Tin Sandwich
  • Open your teeth
  • Make the inside of your mouth actively cavernous
  • Harmonics
  • Play with hot air
  • Correct your posture
  • Breathe from the diaphragm
  • Try the Filisko method of holding your harmonica

ASSIGNMENT = WORK ON FATTENING UP YOUR TONE

02:52

Summary:

Exploring the resonant cavity on a jews harp

I get mine from Sound For Health

Take a look at this video

ASSIGNMENT = get a jews harp (Dan Moi) and try it out

Section 2: Embouchure and tongue blocking
10:04

Summary:

  • Open Embouchure for chords and chugging
  • Pucker embouchure
  • A brief look at Tongue block embouchure
  • Octaves
  • Intervals
  • Rhythms
  • Vamping
  • U - block embouchure

Filisko Tongue Block Trainer is worth a look

ASSIGNMENT = TRY ALL THREE EMBOUCHURES

04:58

Summary:

  • Extending lecture 5
  • Tongue blocking using models


ASSIGNMENT = PRACTISE YOUR EMBOUCHURE AND THE TONGUE-BLOCKING

Section 3: Getting into chords
08:22

Summary:

Chords, where they are on the harmonica and what their names are

ASSIGNMENT: TRY TO WORK OUT SOME TUNES USING ONLY CHORDS

10:05

Summary:

Playing tunes with only chords

Frere Jaques

Ode to Joy

Sonny Terry - how to manage your air

The first three positions in harmonica playing

ASSIGNMENT - PRACTISE THE CHORDAL TUNES AND FIND SOME MORE

HAVE A GO AT THE SONNY TERRY RIFFS

Section 4: 12 bar blues
07:40

Summary:

12 bar blues preparation

Chowder

ASSIGNMENT - PRACTICE 12 BAR BLUES WITH CHOWDER AND ANY OTHER RHYTHMIC PHRASES

08:40

Summary:

Blues chugging

Dr Judy, Pawnshop Bound (Doodiduck)

ASSIGNMENT - USE THE TRACKS TO GET USED TO PLAYING ALONG WITH THE 12 BAR BLUES

06:57

Summary:

Sonny Terry techniques

Use track provided (from Sonny Terry Blues Riffs 2)

ASSIGNMENT - WORK ON SONNY'S STYLE AND CATCH SOME OF HIS VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

08:52

Summary:

More complex chugging from 'Get Chugging'

Chow Diddley

I would like a chicken tikka

Tikka hoo

Tikka duddley

Hooka tikka

Woww

ASSIGNMENT -WORK ON BEING ABLE TO PLAY ALL THESE CHUGS WITH THE TRACKS AND WITHOUT SO YOU ARE COMFORTABLE AND YOU GET A STABLE RHYTHM

Conclusion and about the follow up course
02:03
8 questions

Let's see what you remember!

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Instructor Biography

Ben Hewlett, Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

  • Wow, over 10 thousand students - you could be next!!
  • 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 - 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 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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