Play Jingle Bells on harmonica and amaze your family today!
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Play Jingle Bells on harmonica and amaze your family today!

Learn to play this classic Christmas piece and join or lead a festive singalong - get my easy step by step guide now.
4.8 (14 ratings)
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829 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Published 12/2015
English
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Current price: $27.99 Original price: $39.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 42 mins on-demand video
  • 5 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • play Jingle Bells on your harmonica. You will also be able to learn all the songs in the INSTANT HARMONICA series so look out for the new courses coming up and check out all the others I've done earlier
Requirements
  • You only need a C diatonic 10 hole harmonica for this course
Description

Over 600 students joined in the first three days of launching!

INSTANT HARMONICA – play the wonderful Jingle Bells (part 1) right now!

Part 1 - this course - is the famous bit, the chorus.

Part 2 is the verse - 'Dashing through the snow...' etc

If you have a tune that you would like me to teach please message me.

Take this course and play the tune instantly. No musical experience needed.

You will pick it up straight away without needing any music skills. This is easy to play and really fun to learn. You will be proud of your achievements and happy with the results.

'INSTANT HARMONICA' is a new series of courses where you learn one tune per course. You will find it is taught in a friendly and encouraging manner and most importantly is it taught v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.

Ben Hewlett is a very experienced music teacher who is able to be very patient and methodical. Each lecture will introduce you to the next group of notes – usually just 4 new notes and that's it.

This method is very easy for you to pick up the tunes as they are repeated over and over again until you have got it. You can even re-run the video if you find it useful.

Take one course and learn your favourite tune. The try another. Remember you can always get your money back if you wish but otherwise you have lifetime access to the course.

Imagine how amazing it will feel when you whip out your harmonica and play this tune – your friends and family will carry you shoulder high in triumph. Hopefully they don't carry you out of town and dump you in the river, but hey, swimming's good as well.

The health benefits of playing the harmonica are well documented – google it. Your lungs get exercised, your lung capacity increases, aerobic movement is good for you, playing music makes you smarter they say.

You will have fun on your own and with your friends, and more oxygen to the brain will make you think you are having a good time so it's all good.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for complete beginners; you don't need any musical experience, I'll walk you through the whole thing very slowly step by step. If you are an advanced player you will cover the whole thing very fast and you may find it is too slow for you
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 41:57
+ Intro and overview of the course
1 lecture 02:57

In this lecture I am introducing the course to you.

You will find out what there is to learn and haw you will learn it.

I'll give you an idea of my teaching method and if you have taken other courses of mine you will be quite familiar with the mix of expert teaching, great harmonica knowledge, a humble yet ironic style, and my English sense of humour - which you may or may not like; I hope you do - it just bubbles up, I can't change it now.

Preview 02:57
+ How to get single notes (skip this if you know already)
1 lecture 02:07

Any course in my INSTANT HARMONICA series needs only two things:

a harmonica (key of C, 10 holes, diatonic)

and the ability to play single notes - but I'll show you how to do that now in this lecture

Make your mouth into the shape you might use if you whistle - it's known as the pucker, pursed lip or kiss shape. Allow your lower lip to drop and push the harmonica in a little; the further it goes in the better it will sound! Relax your lips to let the harmonica in and gradually try to get the shape that gives you a single note.

Some people use a pencil or straw to model the shape you need so try that as well.

I have a bigger course with five lectures on this subject if you want to go deeper - it's called 'INSTANT HARMONICA - how to get single notes in 5 easy steps' so dive in and take that one if you like

The more complicated way is called 'tongue blocking' but I will not go into it here except to say you use your tongue to block the holes to the left (or sometimes the right) side of the hole you want to play. Here's another of my courses that explores the use of the tongue in harmonica playing - 'Killer Harmonica sounds using the tongue and bending notes'

Preview 02:07
+ Top line
2 lectures 10:00

In this lecture you will learn the first few notes of Jingle Bells.

I'm guessing you will find this quite easy to learn.

This is where I have included all the backing tracks and the only pdf of the whole piece written down with standard notation and harmonica tablature so please go to the 'View Resources' tab>second tab in (download icon - down arrow into box) and get all the tracks and the written music now.

You will find four audio tracks: the first is sung so sing it.

The second is played but at slow speed.

The third is played at medium speed.

The fourth is played at full speed. This is the same speed as the sung version.

I suggest you start with singing and then the slow speed.

If you can play already try playing everything down an octave to exercise your bending muscles, or tongue blocked, or both. Or from memory. Or on a different key harmonica for an extreme challenge.


Preview 04:50
First line, second half
05:10
+ Second line
2 lectures 06:34

So now we come to the second line.

Please follow the video and copy what I say.

Second line first half
02:47

Now let's finish the second line.

If you need to refer back to the written music it is downloadable from lecture 3.

The backing tracks are also there so try playing with the recordings and use the slow version first.

Second line second half
03:47
+ Third line
1 lecture 03:22

The third line is remarkably similar to the first line so you should have no trouble completing this one!

Preview 03:22
+ Last line
1 lecture 06:10

Once again we see that with simple forms of music repetition is the order of the day.

Line four is oddly similar to something you may have struggled to learn a little earlier in this course so this lecture will be a breeze!

Last line
06:10
+ Wrapping up
1 lecture 06:27

That's another tune under your belt!

Or is it?

Now you will need to learn the verse part of this tune and I felt that it was too much information for this format so it is called Jingle Bells part 2 and gets published a week or so after part 1.

So have a look out for it and in fact I will notify you when it's ready if you take this course and you don't see it on my page yet.

This 'outro' lecture describes many of the ways you can extend the tune and make it even better that what you have just learnt.

I hope you have enjoyed learning with me - please give feedback on Udemy and you will do me a huge favour if you share the link to your social media groups, I value that support and it's what encourages me to continue making new courses every month in-between teaching at home in the Uk as well as Vietnam, Thailand and India.

Outro and wrapping up the course
06:27
+ Bonus - Scale of C
1 lecture 04:20

Try learning this scale with me.

If you can already play it try starting on hole 1 or 7 for a challenge.

Another extension is to play this scale from C to C as written and then play it D to D, E to E, F to F, G to G, A to A, and finally B to B starting down on hole 3. These are the seven 'modes' of the C scale and relate to the 'positions' on the harmonica.

All very significant stuff!

Learn the C scale
04:20