Play 1st position on HARMONICA and blow away the competition
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Play 1st position on HARMONICA and blow away the competition

Country, rock, blues, world music, classical, jazz - learn 1st position on HARMONICA and improve skills your rapidly!
4.7 (15 ratings)
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106 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 3/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • you will be able to play the harmonica much better!
  • you will have fun playing and learning a new skill
  • you will understand first position and how to use it well
  • you will see your playing skill increase and enjoy the progress
Requirements
  • You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica - 10 hole diatonic in the key of C or even better in G, and a few minutes a day free to watch a lecture
Description

FIRST POSITION PLAYING - Come and learn a new approach to harmonica playing.

The concept has been around for 150 years (who knew?) but in this course you will see new ways to use it and I think this simple but effective knowledge will enhance your playing as it did for me.

I had never heard of 'positions' and then I discovered there were 12 - holy cow.

But THEN I discovered how to harness this nebulous concept and it's got me out of trouble countless times.

I want to share that with you now.

If you have a tune or subject 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.

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Any written transcriptions are written by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

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Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to play the harmonica better and to work on their skills
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 58:05
+ Introduction to the course
2 lectures 05:59

This is the promo movie - worth a watch

Preview 03:22

Let me introduce the course

Preview 02:37
+ Overview of positions
2 lectures 16:16

Here's the 'piano view' of positions

Piano overview (this lecture is also on the other 'positions' courses)
08:31
+ First position scale
4 lectures 10:21

This is the basis of 1st position

First position main scale
03:00

Here are some great ways to practice scales

How to practice scales
04:22

Here's your 5 note 'pentatonic' (penta=5, tonic=notes) derivative scale.

First position pentatonic scale over entire harmonica
02:54

Here's Don Les ripping it up in (mostly) first position, take a listen:

https://youtu.be/sBsHrjcLekA

What do you think of it?

Don Les ripping it up in 1st position
00:05
+ Improvising with the pentatonic
3 lectures 09:52

Improvising 

Pentatonic improvisation over a country groove
04:07

Playing first position in a Latin groove

First position in a latin groove
03:11

First position in classic pop.

Have a listen to the original: https://youtu.be/NZSqWzthP4U or this: https://youtu.be/H8U-I0RH8Cc

Play along with them on your D harp.

First position practice with pop music
02:34
+ First position blues
1 lecture 12:43

Playing 1st position bluesy

How to turn First position bluesey like Sonnyboy Williamson did
12:43
+ Wrapping up with Charlie and Buddy who are (in life) real good buddies.
2 lectures 02:54

Wrapping up with some Charlie McCoy

Outro/First position on Orange Blossom Special
02:51

You can watch the movie here: https://youtu.be/c_L9ctpq2-o

Buddy Greene ripping into first position - see Carnegie Hall YT public video
00:03