Learn a fresh simple roadmap for 12 bar blues on harmonica
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Learn a fresh simple roadmap for 12 bar blues on harmonica

Take some new basslines, some easy jazz tunes, re-learn the 12 bar blues on harmonica and become the instrumental star!
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Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn how to play one riff and make it work across a 12 bar blues chorus by simply repeating it
  • You will get a new feeling of confidence as you learn new ways to navigate in the blues
  • You will learn a bunch of different bass lines to internalise the chords
  • You will learn how the simple way and the complex way are both do-able, practical, fun and great to explore
Requirements
  • You just need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C
Description

This is a new way into BLUES!

Part 1.

HEADS

There are various heads (tunes) in blues and jazz where one riff is repeated three times to make the ‘head’, or in other words, the tune.

In this course you learn three of these, and I think they are easy, fun, and extremely useful.

When you know some of these heads you will be able to play a harmonica instrumental which makes you the soloist and the star of the band. Not bad.

Great for confidence, independence, and musicianship.

Part 2.

BASS LINES

In the second part of the course we will take a fresh look at learning to play some bass lines.

You will learn a bunch of classic bass lines and this will act as a massive structural support for your playing.

These famous bass lines work with the chords and rhythm plus they have their own melody.

This is a really good way to support your solos and your improvising.

Once you can feel the structure of the piece you can start to relax and improvise freely without any stress!

Note - I'm describing this as 'all levels' because everyone will get something from this. Much of the course will be fine for beginners but you will be challenged as you go on. If you can't bend yet just play everything without bending. Then study bending and circle round to do this again. The last two lectures (boogiewoogie) will challenge everyone so just a heads up.

Who this course is for:
  • It's for everyone. Beginners will love it and find some parts challenging. Intermediates will love all of it and get challenged right at the end.
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 01:31:01
+ Riffs that turn into 'Heads'
5 lectures 39:30

Let's try a bit of Duke Ellington

Preview 08:37

Here's some Milt Jackson

Bags Grove
05:38
How are you getting on so far?
00:47

Try it with the band.

Bags Grove practice
09:13

Here's a 1953 groove to try

Knight Trane
15:15
+ Bass Lines
5 lectures 46:50

Box bass line to learn

1875 box bass line
10:30

Here's another Austin bass line to try

1571 backwards Linda Lou
12:15

Here's the bass line from Last Night.

123765 Last Night
11:53

Here's a piano left hand boogie to try learning.

Boogiewoogie
07:02

Let me ask you a couple of questions

Learning check
2 questions

Let me demo the boogie and you can join in on an A harp

Outro
05:10