Instant Harmonica - play the great Irish tune Molly Malone!
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- Certificate of Completion
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- play Molly Malone 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 Molly Malone 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
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
Let's listen to the tune first - you can sing along if you like, the words are in the download tab.
Fire up the backing track in the download section and take a listen.
Please note the form - it's verse chorus verse chorus etc.
The chorus is
Alive alive o!
Alive alive o!
Crying cockles and mussels,
Alive alive o!
This is important when you play along to the backing track and knowing this will stop you getting lost.
Sinead O'Connor sings it beautifully here –play along or sing
Do tell me if the link breaks - they often do
Recap last lecture
Sing the next bit
'...City, where the'
Can you work out the next required note?
Must be 4 BLOW
Watch my face to see when I'm breathing IN or OUT
Also you can see if I'm moving a little or a lot
I play first then you play
Play it with the piano chords
Recap last lecture with piano
Can you work out the next notes? Are they IN or OUT?
Add the new notes and make them swing!
Recap the whole of the top line
'First set my' same notes as Three Blind Mice - what are the notes?
IN or OUT? Watch my face. Same hole or was I moving?
If you have learn the scale of C this will all be very familiar
I played a wrong note - how did I know it was wrong?
Play it round and round speeding up if you can
'Eyes on sweet' - 3 notes only
Can you sing them?
Do they rise or fall?
Is the first note higher or lower than the last note of the previous phrase?
Play the first two bars of the second line.
Transitions from one note to another can be tricky
Especially if you have 4 and then 6 but not 5.
Take your time to zoom in and learn this
Find a Grandma and play tunes to her as she sings along - go to an Old Folks home....
Play the phrase and speed it up for practice
Wait a moment, this is the same as the top line with the pick-up line
So now you can play the first three lines
Try it with the backing track
Or play along with me on piano and bodhran
Let's start the last line now - 'Cockles and mussels a...'
Can you work it out?
The next bar is the same so take the phrase round and around
Can you speed it up a little?
Play from the top up to here
Last few notes
'Live a live-o'
IN notes feel like a question, so you can't end a piece of music on an IN note (when playing in the key written on the harmonica)
Add vibrato on long notes anytime you like
Play the whole of the last line to give good context
Now play the whole tune with me accompanying on harmonica chords and piano
Remember to use the backing track as well and play along with Sinead with the link I gave you before
Now we'll try with Bodhran a little faster to finish it off