Instant Harmonica - play jazzy Autumn Leaves now (part two)
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- play Autumn Leaves (part 2) on your harmonica. You will also be able to learn all the songs in the INSTANT HARMONICA series so look out for the courses coming up
- please take Autumn Leaves part one first. You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica (10 hole diatonic in the key of C)
PLEASE TAKE AUTUMN LEAVES PART ONE FIRST BEFORE TAKING PART TWO
INSTANT HARMONICA – play Autumn Leaves (part 2) right now!
Respect and thanks to Johnny Mercer and the originators for writing this amazing song.
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.
Respect and thanks to all the artists for writing and performing these amazing song that you want to learn.
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- please take Autumn Leaves part one first. 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
In this lecture I will tell you all about the course.
You will see what you are about to learn and find out how you will learn it.
This is a brilliant tune and I really hope you enjoy playing it with me.
Hopefully you will want to play it with others and maybe even in public some time.
I have added three versions of the backing track to this lecture - slow medium and fast.
You will find these in the download section on the right of the main screen, look for the download arrow icon.
Let's go - enjoy, and make sure you get right to the end and write a review please.
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'
Let's get cracking.
This is the 'B' part of the tune. You should have already taken the course called 'Autumn Leaves part 1' and that is known as the 'A' part of the tune.
Note where the B part kicks in after the A part ends.
Repeat the first 4 notes over and over.
Try it with and without the band please.
This will all knit together once we get going so don't panic Mr Mainwaring- google it
This lecture adds three more notes to the four we already have.
It's a nice little phrase with easy transitions.
6draw, slide up to 7draw, change breath direction to 7blow.
Try it with me and then with the band.
Play it from the start with and without the band.
Take your time , relax and repeat the phrase.
Four more notes now.
Again with easy transitions and a long note at the end.
7blow, breathe in for 7draw, back to the 7blow, now change breath direction and hole which is less easy but I'm sure you will get it - 8draw.
Pause here and learn that phrase.
When you are ready move on to the next part.
6blow, jump up an octave to 9blow, 9draw, 8blow.
Stop and practice that 6-9 jump.
Now play from the top.
Add the pickup note 8blow at the end of the second line to set you up for the third line.
Breathing in - 99887.
Play it nice and smoothly.
Practice with and without the band.
So let's now play the B section and then the A section.
Let it go round and round playing the tune and also improvising.
One way to improvise it just to play the tune with simple variations whilst knowing where you are so you come back to the tune when you like.
If you improvise too much people tend to get bored I think so keep the tune in mind and enjoy playing it.
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See you in the next INSTANT HARMONICA course.