Bending the blue notes to give you killer sound on harmonica

Learn more of the basics of harmonica playing in 12 easy lectures. Learn to bend holes 1, 4, and 6 and make good music
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  • Lectures 14
  • 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?

  • A 10hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Here you will learn about: the history of the harmonica, ryhthms and trainsounds, time signatures, decorating your playing, how to get and use single notes, learning scales in a groovy and fun way, bending some of the notes, and you will learn a bunch of tunes with supporting charts and playalong backing tracks

What is the target audience?

  • This is for anyone, no musical experience needed, but better if you've done level one first

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Let's get started!
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 4 - 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.

11:21

Summary:

History of the harmonica

Exploring embouchure

Puckering up

ASSIGNMENT: PLAY ABOUT WITH DIFFERENT MOUTH SHAPES SO YOU CAN START TO CONTROL HOW MANY HOLES YOU PLAY

DO YOU OWN RESEARCH INTO THE ORIGINS OF OUR INSTRUMENT

10:44

Summary:

Lots more new train sounds

Time signatures - how many beats in a bar?

ASSIGNMENT: GET THESE TRAINS RHYTHMS DOWN AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN - LISTEN TO RECORDINGS OF STEAM TRAINS!

EXPLORE TIME SIGNATURES WITH CLAPPING, PLAYING AND USING A METRONOME

07:48

Summary:

learning warbles, tremoloes, head rolls, wawah, and different vibratos

ASSIGNMENT: PRACTISE ALL OF THESE, RECORD YOURSELF AND ANALYSE FOR IMPROVEMENT

Section 2: Single note playing
07:11

Summary:

Learning how to pucker

Getting clear single notes

Learning to play all the notes on the harmonica in one beautiful smooth rhythmical piece of music

ASSIGNMENT: PRACTISE THIS ALL VERY CAREFULLY - USING RHYTHM AND METRONOME, GRADUALLY SPEEDING UP

08:02

Summary:

Learning to play doh re mi - the scale of C

Learning it with patterns

Bending hole 1 from D to Db

ASSIGNMENT: PLAY THIS A LOT IN ALL THE FORMS - THIS IS YOUR GATEWAY TO TUNES AND IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE DOWN

WORK ON THE HOLE 1 BEND IN THIS FORM D, DB, C, Db, C. IE 1 DRAW, 1 DRAW BENT, 1 BLOW, 1 DRAW BENT, 1 DRAW

08:15

Summary:

A little music theory - modes

Take a look at the Modal Scales chart and play through those

Then have a go at the tunes, some have backing tracks and Autumn Leaves has two speeds for you

ASSIGNMENT: TRY TO GET TO GRIPS WITH THE MODAL SCALES - EACH PRODUCES A MOOD. TRY THE PIECES AND CHECK OUT WHAT MOOD YOU FEEL THEY PORTRAY

08:04

Summary:

Bending hole 4 from D to Db (down a semitone)

Box patterns - practising scales

ASSIGNMENT: WORK ON THE BEND IN THIS FORM D, DB, C, Db, C. IE 4 DRAW, 4 DRAW BENT, 4 BLOW, 4 DRAW BENT, 4 DRAW

ALSO WORK ON THE BOX PATTERNS AND CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN

Section 3: Let's play some tunes now
07:58

Summary:

Try to learn Bach Menuet - it is in C - Ionian mode, or major key

ASSIGNMENT: LEARN THE TUNE WITH THE CHART, TRY TO MEMORISE IT.

ALSO TRY SOME IMPROVISATION - JUST PLAY ANY NOTES YOU LIKE AS A START!

08:33

Summary:

Learning Silent Night in C - Ionian mode

ASSIGNMENT: MOVE UP TO THE TOP OF THE HARMONICA AND TRY FORMING NOTES WITH GOOD TONE. THIS IS QUITE HARD TO DO BUT WORK ON IT!

08:18

Summary:

Learning the D minor pentatonic scale one note at a time

ASSIGNMENT: LEARN THIS SCALE GOING UP, DOWN, AND IN RANDOM ORDER

START WITH USING HOLES 4 - 8 AND THEN TRY TO EXTEND THE SCALE ACROSS THE HARMONICA AS YOU READ THE CHART. SPEND TIME ON THIS NOW AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO IMPROVISE QUITE EASILY IN THE NEXT LECTURE

Section 4: A bit of blues now
07:38

Summary: Learning Big Sultana from Bones of the Bluesin which book you will find 7 other great blues tunes in the modal style and all without bending a note!

ASSIGNMENT: START IN SMALL SECTIONS

ONCE YOU HAVE IT DOWN A BIT USE THE SLOW 70BPM FILE FOLLOWED BY THE SLOW 90BPM TRACK, NEXT GO TO THE FULL SPEED VERSION CALLED 11 BIG SULTANA

08:55

Summary:

Bending hole 6 from A down to Ab

If you add this to the pentatonic scale you have been learning - D, F, G, A, C, D YOU WILL GET YOUR FIRST EVER PROPER BLUES SCALE!

Now it looks like D, F, G, Ab, A, C, D

This is a big achievement so well done; our first baby blues scale, aaah.

ASSIGNMENT: PRACTICE THE NEW BENT NOTE AS YOU DID ON HOLES 1 AND 4.

ADD IT INTO YOUR PENTATONIC SCALE TO MAKE A BLUES SCALE

USE THIS SCALE TO IMPROVISE WITH BIG SULTANA AND ALSO ANY 3RD POSITION D BLUES - PREFERABLY MINOR LIKE THE THRILL IS GONE OR HAVE A LIVE PLAYER WITH YOU IN D MINOR BLUES. TRY IT AT YOUR LOCAL JAM SESSION?

SO NOW YOU CAN PLAY THE TUNE AND IMPROVISE. THIS IS A BIG STEP FORWARD - CONTRATULATIONS!

Conclusion and about the follow up course
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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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