Play Scarborough Fair on your harmonica now, happy days!
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- play Scarborough Fair like a pro and amaze your friends and family
- You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica (10 hole diatonic in the key of C)
INSTANT HARMONICA – play Scarborough Fair 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.
- 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
You will hear the whole song and get an idea of what we will be learning and how we will be learning it.
We'll sing it through in the Simon and Garfunkel style with nice long gaps between the lyrics
Singing is probably the best way to learn a song on an instrument
Also have a listen to many versions by as many people as you can find
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'
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
Grab your C harp and let's go
Starting with the first two notes
Can you find them on your harmonica?
Look at the board if you can't find it
Now the next two notes?
44 66 all breathing in
Most of this tune is breathing in
I play - you play
Count this tune in 3 beats to the bar
Exhale to prepare for a few breathing IN notes
Control the aperture in your lips to get the single note you want
4 notes to learn here
'who lives th-ere'
The tune will just come after a while and you won't think about the hole numbers or breath direction - you'll just play!
Make the last two notes smooth as they are consecutive and the same breath direction
Vibratos - hands, lips, jaw or throat
The throat vibrato is much prized by blues players and you can learn that in some of my courses - the ones with blues in the title is where to look for that stuff