Chugging - it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
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Chugging - it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

Rhythm harmonica for blues, country, rock, folk, jazz - any music works better with a beat or groove. Swing it and see.
4.7 (41 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
631 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 5/2015
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 81 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learning to play in RHYTHM is essential for anyone who wants to be involved in music. This course teaches you how to play in rhythm by articulating the sounds. All that means is that when you say bonkers sounds into the harmonica it comes out as a groovy rhythm.
Requirements
  • All you need to do this course is a harmonica in C - diatonic ten hole is perfect, any make will be fine. No musical knowledge is needed - that's what I'm going to give you!
Description

This is an excellent course that will be extremely useful for anybody from total beginners to intermediate players.

All you need is a C harmonica (10-hole diatonic is best) - and your OPEN ears!

Each video lecture is acompanied by mp3 playalong tracks and the written music with standard notation, harmonica tabs and the words to say.

It starts very easy and will challenge you as you go on - but you will manage it, nothing impossible!

The idea behind it is to play' Rhythm harmonica'. Part of the role of a harmonica player is to provide rhythmic backing and that is what this course is all about.

When I was learning trumpet and tabla I realised that speaking the rhythms is a very good way of creating interesting sounds and rhythmic textures.

It also became clear to me as I was trying to teach people how to play like Sonny Terry that using words was a good way for me to explain it and easy thing for people to understand.

'Chugging' is all about saying, or rather whispering, crazy percussive words into the harmonica like 'choo chacka choo'. Just whisper Choo Chacka, Choo Chacka, Choo Chacka Chooooo into the harmonica and I think you will see what I mean, manage this well and enjoy the rhythm it produces.

You will also learn to play some train sounds.

Everybody likes to play a train whistle and here comes yours.

Exhale to prepare (not through the harmonica), grab holes four and five, breathe in, and articulate the word 'WOWW' as you do it.

As you breathe in try to 'chew' the sound by moving your tongue and jaw around a bit. Like 'wow wow wow'

Don't forget to pull the imaginary steam train whistle chord as you are coming round the mountain Casey Jones style.

It is starting small and simple but will get up to about 30 lectures. The advantage of getting it now is that it will have a low price and when the other lectures are added you will not have to pay any more! The more lectures it gets the higher the price will go.

Who this course is for:
  • This rhythm harmonica course is for total beginners as well as experienced players. I've been teaching this method since 2000 and it works well for everyone so come on in.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 02:22:03
+ Introduction to Chugging - what is it?
2 lectures 05:43

People say 'Rhythm is the most important thing in music' and I agree.


Chugging is the art of whistering percussive words loudly through the harmonica (inhaling and exhaling) to create articulated rhythms.


If you were to whisper 'haaaaa' there's no rhythm - no chug.


No try 'tacka tacka tacka' and you experience the rhythm and the percussion.


And RHYTHM is what we're after here - articulated rhythm.



Preview 02:41

Yhis lecture is about the fine tuning of harmonicas. You might be interested right now or you might prefer to skim it and reserve it as a reference point.

When I first started chugging I had never heard of intonation although I had already been baffled by the flat note on draw 5 and even retuned some harps to get rid of it. Later I found out why I did that!

Preview 03:02
+ Introduction to Chugging - what is it?
12 lectures 01:08:49

Choo

Just whisper 'choo-choo-choo' into the harmonica as I show you on the video (first out then in) and you will find this very easy and satisfying – a nice east start!

Preview 07:37

Choo Chacka Choo

Just whisper Choo Chacka, Choo Chacka, Choo Chacka Chooooo into the harmonica as I show you on the video (first out then in) and I think you will manage this well and enjoy the rhythm it produces. If you find that the playalong track is too fast you can always practice it without the track to begin with.

Choo chacka choo - country style
07:47

Have a go at this phrase - Doo chicka chacka chicka.

Say it over and over.

Whisper it slowly and loudly breathing out twice then in twice.

Now play with the backing track.
Reggae/calypso groove - doo chicka
06:18

Introducing the idea of triplet feel.

Follow the video and demo mp3 to whisper the phrase into your harmonica so you get chugging on this 12/8 groove.

Choo diddley chuck
06:31

Sublte difference to the precious lecture with completely different music.

Chow diddley tock diddley
05:59

Bit of a tongue twister but have a go! I sometimed wonder who writes this rubbish and then remember it was me.

Siggy saggy siggy saggy drr diddley chuck
05:59

Try this one as I teach it on the video but if it's too fast you can miss out bits until you get it. Try saying 'took, tack, took, tack' to make it easier at the start.

Tooka chicka tacka chicka
05:43

Nice easy groove. Listen to beautiful music that is written for it.

Zz acka chucka tikka
05:27

Have a go at this phrase - Drr agga lugga do.

Say it over and over.

Whisper it slowly and loudly breathing out twice then in twice.

Now play with the backing track.

African marimba groove - drrr agga lugga do
04:28

Another nice groove. Get lost in the music!

Chuckety tickety
04:40

'Chicken Tikka'. Whisper this into the harmonica for a fantastic groovy rhythm.

If you can say it you can play it. In fact it's easier to play than say.

This lecture has the most amazing backing track for you to play along with. You will enjoy sitar, tabla, shruti drones and a special bonus - me playing three-part Baroque trumpet!

Later in the course I'll be showing you how to play the trumpet part on your harmonica but for now just play the rhythm and see if you can keep going for the entire track.

Use the additional resourses so see it written down, hear instruction and most importantly play along with the backing track we wrote specially for this chug.

'Chicken Tikka'. Whisper this into the harmonica for a fantastic groovy rhythm.
05:41

Here are some ideas for using the right hand - or I should say the 'free' hand. Right handed players should generally hold the harmonica in their left hand leaving the right hand free.

Lefties should try both ways and see which works best for you.

Using your free hand
02:39
+ Train sounds
11 lectures 01:07:31

This is a fantastic warm up and tone producing exersise which I learned recently from Joe Filisko. Best on a G harp he says but you can do it on any harp.

Warm and tone excersise - ha ha hoo hoo
05:52

For the first one I want you to whisper the word 'ZZ-acka', first out then in through your harmonica. It is like the steam produced by a steam train as it is departing.

The second one is very easy when you do it slowly and slowly is how you should start. Say 'Tikka' breathing out and allow the air to come back in as you say 'Hoo'. You don't really need to pull the air back in because the act of pushing air out on Tikka will lower the air pressure in your lungs and demand air to be replaced.

Try a few 'Tikka Hoo's and then gradually build up speed.

Playing the train sounds - ZZ-acka and Tikka Hoo
07:24

Tikka hoo extended and the fourth train sound added.

Tikka Hoo Tika Duddley and Hooka Tikka
06:51

Train whistle.

Everybody likes to play a train whistle and here comes yours.

Grab holes four and five, exhale to prepare (not through the harmonica), breathe in, and articulate the word 'WOWW' as you do it.

Now do the same thing but on holes three and four.

As you breathe in try to 'chew' they sound by moving your tongue and jaw around a bit.

Don't forget to pull the imaginary steam train whistle chord as you are coming round the mountain Casey Jones style.

The train whistle
05:11

Nice easy bluesy groove with surprise ending

Doodi Duck de dar
04:59

The hardest track of the lot. Seems like the easiest.

Dog
04:03
Bonus 1- C major pentatonic scale
08:22
Bonus 2 - Cand G major pentatonic scales
08:18
Bonus 3 - Extending the pentatonic scales.
05:29

Here are the tunes if you would like to play along.

Bonus 4 - how to extend this course even further - playing the tunes
07:43

Well done - you can now get your certificate! You have just moved up a level in your harmonica playing.


People say 'Rhythm is the most important thing in music' and I agree.


This concludes Get Chugging but you should practice this stuff over and over.


After that have a look at the chugging style of Sonny Terry - you will find it in my 'country blues course' here on Udemy.

Conclusion
03:19