Play Sonny Terry style on Harmonica and dazzle your friends!
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- Play blues harp like Sonny Terry
- You are going to need a C harmonica to get going plus harmonicas in A, G, and Bflat later in the course
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If you ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica like Sonny Terry this new course is for you! Please enjoy the course and give it a review.
This course is all about learning to play in the style of Sonny Terry.
Many thanks to Wayne T. Helfrich for kind permission to use his pictures of Sonny Terry.
Each riff is written out for you with standard harmonica tab, onamatapoeic words, and standard western music notation.
You will find an mp3 included which has each riff played by me at full speed, half speed and medium speed to help you learn how to play it better.
If you do a couple of riffs a day this course will take a month to complete - or go for bust and do it in a weekend!
We start with learning 19 riffs that I wrote in Sonny's style as a preparation for you.
When you've done those follow through the sections and you may notice the challenge increases a little. Take it slowly and you will progress without too much pain!
This course is based on a book I wrote with Paul Lennon. I was recently teaching the whole book to a student in South Korea and enjoyed revisiting the origininal material we wrote and recorded in 2009 so much that I decided to make a Udemy course from it.
The whole book (30 pages) and audio (65 mp3 tracks) is included in this groundbreaking course a page at a time. The whole book and CD is also available if you message me.
A lot of people want to play the blues harp so if that's you come on in, you're in the right place.
I will hold your hand all the way through the videos with my 'infectious and humourous' (people tell me) style of teaching. 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.
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.
I check messages most days. 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.
His most recent gig was as one of the teachers in the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2014 where he taught along with Joe Filisko, David Barrett, and Steve Baker in Trossingen, the home of Hohner, it was an 18 hour workshop spread over a week.'
- This harmonica course is for people who would like to learn about the classic country blues style of Sonny Terry
Here's how the course works, please watch the video.
These play along harmonica lessons for beginner/intermediate harp players teach you traditional blues riffs in the style of the great Sonny Terry. One of the most enduringly popular harp players, everyone wants to play like Sonny – and we’ll show you how!
In this course I am teaching you how to play everything in the book that I wrote with Paul Lennon called Sonny Terry 2 Blues Riffs.
I have supplied the book and audio files - well, 90% of it - as downloadable documents and mp3s with each lecture.
If you feel you need the complete book/audio download just google 'http://harmonicaworld.net/shop/sonny-terry-2-blues-riffs/'
Yes I know it says '2' in the title. When we wrote Sonny Terry 1 people said it was too hard so book 2 is easier, book 3 (yet to be turned into a Udemy course) is a little harder and book 1 (also yet to be turned into a Udemy course) remains a challenge!
Riffs 1 and 2
You will be pleased to know we are starting really easy and very slow! You will absolutely be able to do this succesfully without any experience. Here are the basic building blocks of Sonny's style. I have constructed these excersises to prepare you for the real thing and that starts at Riff 20.
Riff 2 and a lesson on tone.
As I started to play there was some fluff in my harmonica so I took the time to show you how I clean the instrument's mouthpiece and why it is not necesarily a good idea to clean the inside.
I also take the time to refresh on tone; the quality of the sound we are producing.
We all want 'fat tone'.
Not the guy who delivers the pizza, I mean sounding good.
I'll show you 6 ways to improve your tone.
Then we go into Riff 3.
Riff 12 introduces the idea of a 'hand-pop'.
HAND POPPING (H.P.)
A technique where the free hand (usually the right) forms a cup shape and claps the
harmonica and the other hand to make a popping sound. This movement is performed
swiftly by moving in and away from the harmonica - a bit like slapping your thigh or making a
I'll teach you how to do it here but there is an older version of ‘How to Hand Pop’ video on our YouTube page - YouTube/PaulLennonUK if that adds anything.
In the book you’ll find this technique used on riffs 12 - 19, 40, 52 & 53.
This is a classic Sonny Terry Riff such as you will find in Mean old Frisco. Have a listen to the original and play along with Sonny. You'll find in in bar 5 as far as I remember.
Rif 21 is another way of playing riff 20. Here we use 2 draw instead of (in riff 20) 3 blow. Try both and see which you like. The breathing is the important aspect here. 22 - 24 are further extensions in this progression. Each riff takes you a little further into the Sonny Terry world.
This is the intro riff associated with many of Sonny's songs - listen to Sitting on top of the hill, he often uses it there.
This next section takes you deeper into Sonny's style. Here we are going to need chords and single notes all mixed in together. Try tongue blocking and puckering to see which work better for you. I would recommend the TB method really as it's so useful and creates so many posibilities in your playing.
That's it - you're done! Time to do a Udemy review and get your certificate. Look for the green cup and Udemy will send you one when you press the button.
If you want more Sonny Terry I have enough prepared material for 2 more courses like this. Or would you prefer some Sonnyboy Williamson 11 riffs?
Thanks so much to Madcat Ruth for letting us use this track. You will want to check him out after hearing this track if don't already know about him.
It's Blues Time!
Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn't just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world.
Madcat's repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music.
Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, as well as doing solo performances.