Master the HARMONICA! How to study Sonny Terry's 'Lost John'
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Master the HARMONICA! How to study Sonny Terry's 'Lost John'

New techniques, phrasing, improvisation, harp tone. This early blues style is amazing to play and impressive to hear.
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56 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 9/2017
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Current price: $25.99 Original price: $39.99 Discount: 35% off
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • learn to play like Sonny in just a few lectures
  • learn about Sonny's rhythms and sound texture
  • have fun knowing how to play the harmonica better
  • enjoy learning new skills on the harmonica
  • affect people on an emotional level with your playing
Requirements
  • You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica - 10 hole diatonic in the key of C and maybe a G and A would be handy but not essential
Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – learn to play Sonny Terry's famous song now! We are going to study parts of Lost John - not all of it, just a small section. We will use fragments of a lesson from Sonny himself to help figure out what he's doing.

Respect and thanks go out to Sonny for creating this beautiful piece.

If you have a tune or subject 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.

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The Library of Congress broadly give the same view.

 “(5) Not more than 5% of a work may be copied under this section by or on behalf of an educational establishment in any period of 12 months, and for these purposes a work, which incorporates another work is to be treated as a single work. 

Fair dealing with a work for the purposes of private study does not infringe any copyright in the work.”

Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.

Any written transcriptions are written by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

Any audio backing tracks are written and recorded by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for complete beginners but intermediates and advanced players will also benefit; 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 44:45
+ Introduction to the course
2 lectures 04:49

This is the trailer or promo movie.

Preview 02:30

Here's the intro where I explain the course.

Preview 02:19
+ The easy bit!
4 lectures 23:02

This is the core riff of the piece.

Preview 09:27

Here's an extract from a lesson Sonny gave Bob. There are quite a few recorded lesson Sonny gave if you do some research.

Sonny teaching Bob
00:02

Here's what Sonny calls 'the low one'

Low one
07:02

Let's recap what we've learnt so far.

Recap
06:31
+ Extending what we know
4 lectures 16:54

Here's what Sonny calls 'the high one'

High one
05:20

Here we extend the basic riff

Basic riff plus bends
04:56

Nor we prefix it with 'Chuck Dee'

Basic plus 'chuck dee'
03:10

Wrapping up.

Outro
03:28