Instant Harmonica - play Happy Birthday; serenade your mates
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Instant Harmonica - play Happy Birthday; serenade your mates

Amaze your friends and family by whipping out a harmonica and wishing them a Happy Birthday - personal and unforgettable
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4.8 (17 ratings)
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865 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 7/2015
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • play Happy Birthday to your mates - imagine how knocked out they will be with this instant, unforgettable, and highly personal gift
Requirements
  • If you know someone with a birthday this is for you. No musical experience needed. You will need to get a 10hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C.
Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – play Happy Birthday right now!

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 is for people who don't play the harmonica although players can take it as well if they are not familiar with playing the most famous tune in the world
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 49:06
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:54

Grab a ten hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C and let's go

This tune only uses 4 holes - 6, 7, 8 and 9

Preview 02:54
+ Here's how to get single notes on the harmonica
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
+ First line of the tune
2 lectures 10:25

PLEASE BE SURE TO OPEN THE PICS IN THE DOWNLOAD TAB FOR EVERY LECTURE - THEY ARE SCREENSHOTS OF THE WHITEBOARD AND WILL MAKE EVERYTHING MUCH CLEARER FOR YOU IF YOU ARE USING A SMALL SCREEN TO VIEW THE VIDEOS

First line of the tune - how many notes are there? Six.

Are any of them the same?

Can you find the first hole no please

Arrow upwards means breathe OUT

Repeat the first note as clearly as possible

Tougue the not by saying 'T' or play it smoothly by saying 'AAH'

Watch my face to see which hole and which breath direction I'm using

The first four notes are all on hole 6

Preview 05:42
Happy Birthday notes
1 question

Learning check - how are you doing?

Are you getting clear notes yet? Keep working at it please

Play it with the piano

What is the transition from the fourth to the fifth note?

6 BLOW - 7 BLOW. Easy transition; play 6 BLOW and keep breathing but slide up to hole 7

Now breathe IN for the last note

Awesome. Sorry, I went a bit American on you there.

Splendid.

First 6 notes - 'Happy Birthday to you'
04:43
+ Second line of the tune
2 lectures 08:26

Starting the second line

Only two notes are different compared to the first line

The only tricky bit is 6 BLOW to 8 DRAW so work on that transition to get it smooth

Pause here

Now run it together in context

Second line 'Happy Birthday to yo-u'
04:35

Half of the tune is done so let's play it through from the top

With the chords on piano

Now the biggest jump othe whole tune - 66 9 all blowing

Finishing the second line
03:51
+ Third line of the tune
1 lecture 05:35

Back to the one inch jump BLOW 66 9

Consecutive notes falling down the hill come next BLOW 987

Very easy

Now DRAW 7 6

Pause on the last note to build tension........

Third line
05:35
+ Last line and finishing of the tune
5 lectures 19:38

That's three quarters done - well done!

Play it from the top

Repeat on your own

Now with piano

Next two notes are 9 DRAW

Try to hook up the last two notes of the third line to the first two notes on the last line

Last line first 2 notes
04:42

Last four notes

8 BLOW, 7 BLOW

Play all the last line so far

Finish it off now and play the whole of the last line

Add vibrato

Many types of vibrato - see demo on video

Last 4 notes
05:19

Now you know the tune and can play it to your pals - go for it!

Keep your harmonica handy and serenade them.

You are on your own now!

Come and join the other INSTANT HARMONICA courses and let me know if there are any specific tunes you would like to have taught - I'm sure you won't be the only one so I'll look into teaching it for you all.

Outro
05:12
Bonus - Victor Borge playing Happy Birthday in the style of his fave composers
00:05

This lecture explains what all the notes are.

If you aldeady know this stuff you can skim or skip it

Like I said earlier, 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
Bonus - how to play the scale of C
04:20