Instant Harmonica - play the Drunken Sailor sea shanty now!
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Instant Harmonica - play the Drunken Sailor sea shanty now!

Learn to play this amazing sea shanty with my easy step by step guide. Grasp it note by note with your expert tutor Ben!
4.7 (6 ratings)
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42 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 8/2016
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Current price: $13.99 Original price: $19.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 37 mins on-demand video
  • 8 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • play What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor 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
Requirements
  • You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica (10 hole diatonic in the key of C)
Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – play What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor 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 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 9 lectures 36:58
+ Intro and course overview
2 lectures 04:19

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.

If you enjoy it please tell your pals and make sure you put some comments and links on your social media.

Preview 02:12

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 of music
2 lectures 09:36

First few notes.

The first 7 notes are all played on hole 6.

Breathing in.

I told you it was easy!

Just remember to exhale before playing to avoid exploding (like that guy in the Bond movie).

I see from the photo that I wrote it out wrongly and as it's also in every frame of the whole course I can't change it now.

It should read:

What shall we do with the drunken sailor

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 5 6

So the mistake is that there are not enough 6 draws and the word 'drunk' should also be a 6 followed by 4 then 5 then 6.

Apart from that it's perfect!

Top line first half
05:09

I see from the photo that I wrote it out wrongly and as it's also in every frame of the whole course I can't change it now.

It should read:

What shall we do with the drunken sailor

6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 5 6

So the mistake is that there are not enough 6 draws and the word 'drunk' should also be a 6 followed by 4 then 5 then 6.

Apart from that it's perfect!

Top line second half
04:27
+ 2nd line of music
1 lecture 04:08

The second line is also easy as it's the same notes but breathing out.

Preview 04:08
+ 3rd line of music
1 lecture 05:09

Here comes the third line.

The last part is new but the first part is the same as line one.

7blow to 8draw is a bit tricky so zoom in and practice it.

Now try the last 4 notes on this line.

Now play along with me for the whole song to where we have learnt.

Repeat.

Repetition is good.

Repetition is good.

Repetition is good.

Third line
05:09
+ Last line of music
3 lectures 13:46

Now we'll learn the last line.

It's a falling pattern as it 'comes home'.

Early in the morning - how many sylables? 6.

How many notes? 6.

Learn them a note at a time.

Now play the whole line and then the the whole song.

Last line
05:10

This lecture explains what all the notes are and where they are

Here you will learn the scale of C which is a very useful tune for playing tunes

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 - scale of C
04:20

Now you have the tune sorted out you can start to play it in other ways:

Use a different key of harmonica

Play it in another octave

Use chords

Use the tongue to create rhythms

Vibrato

Many ways!

I hope you have enjoyed this course, please come back to other INSTANT HARMONICA courses that I've made for you - tunes are great!

Please leave a Udemy review, tell your pals and make sure you put some comments and links on your social media.

Preview 04:16