Learn to play HARMONICA, the easiest instrument to pick up!
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Learn to play HARMONICA, the easiest instrument to pick up!

Ultimate diatonic harmonica lessons, blues, country music, rock; you will learn how to play on/off stage, solo/group
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4.4 (4,762 ratings)
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30,534 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 7/2019
English
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This course includes
  • 22.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 articles
  • 109 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • how to play the 12 bar blues, chords, rhythms, tone and chugging
  • how to breathe properly, use straight and swing rhythms
  • how to play single notes with pucker and tongue-blocked embouchures
  • scales, modes and positions, single/double/triple tonguing
  • how to use major and minor pentatonic scales for improvising and soloing
  • how to bend notes, use the hands properly, different types of vibratos and tremolos
  • how to play in the Masters' styles - Sonny Terry, Sonnyboy Williamson etc
Requirements
  • All you need is a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C.
  • Even if you've been told you are musically hopeless you can play harmonica! The famous harp slinger Lee Oskar was told that at school!
  • You don't need any previous musical experience
  • Tone deaf? no problem! You can play harmonica.
Description

Udemy's BEST SELLING ultimate and complete harmonica course - with over 17,000 students.

No harmonica experience? No problem, I'll walk you through nice and slow.


Did you ever fool around with a harmonica as a kid?

Would you like to learn to play the harmonica better now?

Do you play guitar, piano, ukulele or are you a singer and want to add harmonica into your act?

Do you want an instrument that's easy to pick up, store and carry?

Did you inherit a harmonica and want to pay respect to the original owner??

Where you inspired by Bob Dylan, Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Mick Jagger?

Would you like to play in a church, campfire, band or jam session?

Do you think harmonica will help with COPD or other health issues?

Is this a retirement 'bucket-list' project?


If you answered yes to any of those who are in the right place.

This course will help you become a great harmonica player. All you need to do is follow the lectures in order plus some practice and you will start to feel a surge of confidence as you see your skills increasing daily.

This will be exciting, fun, and challenging – I think you will thoroughly enjoy it!


I will be there in the room with you walking you through step by step and holding your hand. You can contact me any time on BenHewlett@me.com or through this site. You can even call me on Messenger, WhatsApp or Skype.


Read the reviews to see what other people think, here are a few:

"Super clear explanation; he taught me more thus far than any book I've tried yet. Two thumbs up!"

"I tried many harmonica beginner courses but this one is the best of all."

"Ben is amazing. He knows how to teach. Highly recommended course."

"This is the best online music lesson course I have taken. Ben is an awesome instructor! Very knowledgeable and has a great style of teaching."

I think people recognise my passion for the harmonica. I’m not someone who plays bass, guitar, piano, drums and sings, records, gigs…I just (mostly) teach harmonica.

Sure I perform sometimes, gig with friends, go to jams, do corporate harp demonstrations but MOSTLY I focus on playing, learning and teaching harmonica.

So if you have a Hohner harmonica, a blues harmonica, hohner special 20, a chromatic harmonica (ok, not that one) a blues harp, a hohner big river, a harmonica holder, a harmonica set…you can start to play now.

Give me a shout if you need any help please.

MY PERSONAL GUARANTEE - I AM SO CONFIDENT YOU WILL LOVE  THIS COURSE THAT IF YOU DON'T, AND SO FAR ALL BUT ONE PERSON WAS HAPPY, I WILL REFUND YOU ALL THE MONEY (within  30 days of purchasing) WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THIS IRONCLAD GUARANTEE  IS BACKED UP BY UDEMY.

This big course contains some smaller courses (don't buy them twice) such as:

  • 7 days crash course – learn harmonica in a week

  • Trainsounds for harmonica players

  • Basic 12 bar blues foundation

  • Masterclass on Improving Tone

  • 12 bar blues bassline

  • Box patterns – radical playing ideas

  • Love me Do

  • Big Walter Horton – Easy

  • Note bending (simple)

  • Note bending (advanced)



Who this course is for:
  • This is for you if you fancy having a go at the harmonica.
  • And if you've played a bit and need a refresh you will be amazed what you learn on this course.
  • Intermediate players will also learn heaps. Look through the lectures and see what we cover - everyone will learn something.
  • We all had a harmonica as a kid - now' it's time to reconnect with this amazing little toy!
Course content
Expand all 242 lectures 23:17:20
+ Introduction
3 lectures 10:06

Welcome to the course! This is a bundle of my best, most popular and most recent courses bundles together into a seamless learning package. Take them in order please. If you are not a beginner just skim through the first ones until you hit your level - you are bound to learn something new!

Preview 01:59

Introduction

Introduction to this first section
03:49

Which harmonica do I need?

Preview 04:18
+ Start here - SEVEN harmonica days zero to hero! ( about 7 minutes a day)
8 lectures 40:14

Here are some ways to hold the harmonica and thoughts and exercises on breathing.

Preview 04:39

Open Chords, Chugging, Trainsounds

Preview 06:40

Playing single notes with the 'pucker' or 'kiss' embouchure

DAY 4 How to play single notes pucker style
05:52

This is all about learning to tongue block

DAY 5 how to play single notes tongue blocking
06:49

Here's a lecture on starting to bend notes.

DAY 6 Starting to bend notes
06:06

This lecture shows the C major scale, the pentatonic scale derived from the major scale and the other 6 modal scales.

DAY 7 playing scales
06:41

Wrapping up this first section

Outro and wrapping up this section
02:25
Quiz alert
01:02

Quick learning check

Let's have a quick learning check quiz to see how you are getting on!
5 questions
+ Trainsounds
17 lectures 01:09:14

Promo movie

Promo movie
02:53

Let me introduce you to this section

Introduction to Trainsounds
03:01

More simple train sounds

zzaka tikka
04:54

Nice and easy so far - Haha Hoohoo

Preview 03:00

Interview with my step pop Pete about steam trains - he has driven the UK's most prestigious and famous steam train - Flying Scotsman - google it

Interview with Peter Treeby - he drove Flying Scotsman (google it)
13:03

Bells and whistles

Whistles
04:24

Train sounds from Goa

Goanese Trainsounds
05:48

Salty's sounds

Salty Holmes
04:30

George Bullet Williams sounds

George Bullet Williams
03:51
Would you do me a small favour?
00:53

Sounds from Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman
05:40

Excellent train sounds here.

Palmer McAbee
04:23

Trainsound with shakers.

Trainsound with shakers.
02:54

Step pop Pete makes silly sounds

Silly sounds
01:20

Wrapping up the Trainsounds section

Outro - wrapping up the trainsounds section
02:46

Here's a metronome track in case you don't have one

Metronome track
04:52
Quiz alert
01:02

Let's see how you are getting on up to now.

Learning check - how's it going so far?
3 questions
+ Basic Blues
15 lectures 57:50

Trailer

Trailer movie
02:39

Let me introduce this section

Introduction to the
02:57

A little chord theory before we play

A little chord theory before we play
03:19

And a little theory on 12 bar blues structure

12 bar blues theory
03:39

Here's how the chord structure works.

Playing the chords - many downloads in this lecture
04:36

Here's how the lyrics in Blues scan out

Blues story - more downloads in this lecture
02:06

Playing rhythmic chugging in the blues

Preview 06:12
Review check
00:27

Now we play some single note lines and it's quite easy!

Single note lines - easy
07:04

Now we play some single note lines and it's quite tricky!

Single note lines - harder
06:06

Bending hole 1

Bending hole 1
03:36

Learning to bend hole 4

Learning to bend hole 4
03:31

Note Bending - hole 6

Note Bending - hole 6
02:53

This time we will play using some note bending

Final chorus using bent notes a little
05:14

This is an alternative way to look at the blues

Walking thru the blues alt video to 4th lecture in this section
03:31

Basic blues learning check - how are you getting on so far?

Basic blues learning check - how's it going now?
3 questions
+ How to improve your sound on the harmonica
7 lectures 29:08

Here's where I introduce the section of the course that focusses on getting good tone

Introduction to getting great tone
03:40

Here's an idea on breathing while lying on your back

Breathing
01:52

Great breathing game and trainsound here

Haha Hoohoo breathing exercise
05:02

How the inside of your mouth alters the sound

Changing the inside of the mouth (wee ahh)
06:06

Try to make it worse then better

Bad tone and good tone
06:00

More on mouth cavity tonal changes

More on mouth cavity tonal changes
03:32

How does the vocal tract affect the sound?

Preview 02:56
+ Advanced points on Tone
7 lectures 31:08

Does tongue height affect tone?

Height of the tongue
02:56

Let's get into breathing and posture

Breathing and posture
04:21

Exploring use of hands

Hands and bones
09:45

Big Walter explains his tone and use of hands

https://youtu.be/KX0Eu5Lqexc

Big Walter explains his tone and use of hands
00:02

Relaxing as you play

Relax! plus use of teeth
03:08

Which harmonica to use for best tone?

Which harmonica to use for best tone?
03:51
+ Supplementary optional material and case study on TONE
4 lectures 28:28

Do you hear any differences?

Phil's playing - what's changed?
07:05
Phil playing - at the beginning and end of the session
02:19

This is part of the lesson with Phil

See Phil working on his tone
17:02

Finishing this section of the course

Wrapping up the the section on TONE
02:02
+ Basic 12 bar blues bass line - the fundamental part of the blues
10 lectures 52:43

This is the trailer

trailer for the Blues course
02:55

This is were I introduce this section of the course

Introduction
02:38

Here we analyse the 12 bar blues and look at notation for many instruments

Counting the 12 bar blues and looking at the dots
03:40

This is the first 2 bars of the 12 bar blues

Learning the first 8 notes
06:03

Here's the first 4 bars repeated at different speeds

Preview 06:31

This is the middle part of the tune

Learning the second line
06:20

This is the last part of the tune

Learning the last line
08:16

See what happens if you double each note

Here are some other variants - MUST SEE - doubling up
06:10

Here's how you use tongue blocking

Cul-pa or 'Cool Pa' tongue blocking
06:06

Here are a few ideas on how to vary your improvisation

Here are a few ideas on how to vary your improvisation
04:04
+ How to get your single notes working better with 'box' patterns
13 lectures 55:40

Here's the trailer movie - worth a look

Here's the trailer
04:44

Introduction and preparations

Introduction
04:44

First pattern - holes 1&2 only

Easy patterns - First pattern - holes 1&2 only
04:33

Pattern using the first three holes only

Second pattern - holes 12&3
03:10

Pattern using the first four holes only

Preview 04:26

Pattern using the first five holes only

Fourth pattern 1234&5
03:51

Pattern using the first six holes only

Fifth pattern 12345&6
04:20

Using Ta-ah and tucka

Ta-ah
04:01

Using Ta-a-a and Takata

Ta-ah-ah
04:20

Sonny Terry rhythm

Sonny Terry rhythm
03:29

Triplet rhythm

Figaro
04:25

JJ Milteau lick

JJ Milteau lick
05:32

Bends, over-blows and wrapping up

Bends, over-blows and wrapping up this section
04:05
+ Learning the Beatles first hit Love Me Do
12 lectures 44:11

Here's the trailer and promo - please watch first

Promotional movie and trailer
01:46

Let me introduce this part of the course

Introduction
02:11
That FAMOUS riff!
07:05

I'll show you...

Who taught John Lennon?
01:51

English kids who learnt from a video lesson I gave them - I never taught them directly.

Preview 02:52

Here's Paul's harmony line

McCartney's tune
05:46

Here's Paul's harmony line

Lennon's tune
02:16

Here's the middle section

Pleeeese
05:52

Easy part of the bridge

Bridge - easy
04:37

Less easy part of the bridge

Bridge - harder
02:29

Here's the two harmony lines together on the same harmonica - very clever!

Harmonies on one harmonica/outro
03:27

Here's how to improvise on this tune

Here's how to improvise on this tune
03:59