Harmonica Mini-Course: Play 5 Famous Rock Songs
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Harmonica Mini-Course: Play 5 Famous Rock Songs

Make real harmonica music by yourself and play songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones with band accompaniment
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,800 students enrolled
Created by Alon Cooper
Last updated 4/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the harmonica with the full, confident tone of a professional.
  • Play five different rock songs by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and more - with live jam tracks that will make you sound like part of a real band.
  • You'll get the ability to play the songs that YOU love out of harmonica tabs websites. Almost ANY song!
  • The songs that you will learn: The Beatles - Let It Be, Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah, Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Ben E. King - Stand By Me, The Rolling Stones - Angie, You Are My Sunshine. Bonus: Elvis - Can't Help Falling In Love with You.
  • Play beautiful and smooth single notes on the harmonica.
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Requirements
  • You should have a harmonica in the key of C (it is the most common harmonica type).
  • NO previous musical background is required.
  • It is recommended that you watch the lessons on a computer with external speakers in order to fully enjoy the interactive jam sessions.
Description

Did you ever want to be able to play music? Do you like the folky, pleasant sound of the harmonica? 

Do you want to hear the songs Let It Be, Hallelujah, Knockin' on Heaven's Door and other cool songs coming out of your OWN hands and mouth?

So congratulations, you may have just found a new hobby that you'll fall in love with - and this is one fun skill that's going to be with you forever!

In Harmonica Songs, you will learn how to play the harmonica with a beautiful, confident tone that will give you the most fun entry ticket into the world of playing music. 

After your quick & effective harmonica training, you will learn how to beautifully play those five famous classics:

  1. The Beatles - Let It Be
  2. Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
  3. Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  4. Ben E. King - Stand By Me
  5. The Rolling Stones - Angie

Your friends and family will be IMPRESSED! 

Also - two surprise bonus songs await you:

  1. You Are My Sunshine (a relatively easy song that can be your first one)
  2. Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love with You (a relatively challenging song that will be your graduation song from the course)

Not only you will be able to play these songs by yourself, but you will play them with fully recorded accompaniment including guitars, piano, cajon drums and more - which will make you sound even much better.

3 Harmonica Fun Facts:

  • You can buy the best harmonicas, handmade in Germany - for less than 40$, so this is an affordable hobby as well.
  • Harmonicas are among the easiest musical instruments to learn - this is mostly because they come in certain keys - and that means that on the given key that we will use - you just can't play off-pitch notes. 
  • Harmonicas are super compact and you can always carry a harmonica in your backpack or even your pocket. Always ready to jam.

So to put it simply - harmonicas are the best entry ticket to the joyful world of playing music!

What you will learn besides those cool songs?

  1. The 4 key principles of a full, confident harmonica sound and tone.
  2. The 2 ways to create single notes - the key skill that will enable you to play songs' melodies.
  3. My 3 biggest TIPS to any harmonica player.
  4. The 5 steps to play any song on the harmonica - by ear!
  5. My #1 key for improvement on the harmonica.

However, the biggest skill that you will finish the course with is the ability to simply go to any harmonica tabs website - and being able to play almost any song there! That's right, besides our five classics you will be able to play any song that you like - on the harmonica!

Why should you listen to me?

First of all Hey! My name is Alon and I am 27 years old. I have been teaching music, both online and face to face, to thousands of students in the last six years - while traveling the world and jammin' with many different musicians. I play the guitar, harmonica, piano, flute, trumpet and other instruments, and I am constantly looking for the best ways and shortcuts to teaching music effectively - and with FUN.

My guitar blog, GuitarHippies-com, (founded 2014) where I share my tips for playing music, has a monthly readership of over 50K from over a 100 different countries*. I am also the founder of the Harmonica Jamz-com course and blog that has been online since 2016. 

*According to SimilarWeb-com stats.

So when you are ready to aquire a cool, social and musical new skill that you will keep enjoying for a lifetime, I am waiting for you in lesson #1.

Best,

-Alon


*Some of the lectures in the course also appear in the Harmonica Jamz course - which gives a broader understanding of the harmonica and also teaches you how to jam with other musicians - something that can be done relatively easily when you got the harmonica in your hands. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants a fun and easy way to start making real music.
  • People who are fond of the harmonica sound.
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29 Lectures
01:52:38
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Harmonica 101 - How to Get a GREAT Sound out of Your Harmonica
4 Lectures 21:42

In the intro I will walk you through what we will do in the course. I am waiting for you inside.

Preview 02:46

In the first lesson we will focus on getting the best sound out of your harmonica. It is actually pretty simple to do - and after you'll learn those 4 key principles you'll immediately sound much better.

Preview 08:58

This is the Jam Time session of the first lesson - where you will be practicing what we learned using your own harmonica and while on screen I will be reminding you of the key points we just learned.

Jam Time: Practicing the 4 Key Principles of Your Sound
04:42

Single notes are a key ability in order to sound very good and expressive on the harmonica, and to be able to play songs. In this lesson you will learn the two different ways in which you can play single notes on your harmonica.

2 Ways to Play SINGLE Notes - The Key Priniciple of Playing Songs
05:16
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A Bonus Song That is Relatively Easy to Begin With
3 Lectures 07:12

A VERY recommended read before you dive into the playing songs!

Introduction to Playing Songs - IMPORTANT for Your Success
01:31

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song You Are My Sunshine on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

You Are My Sunshine (Teacher Example)
02:50

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

You Are My Sunshine (Now YOU Play the Harmonica Part)
02:51
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Playing Five Famous Rock Classics!
11 Lectures 35:43

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Stand By Me on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

Ben E. King - Stand By Me (Teacher Example)
03:22

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

Ben E. King - Stand By Me (YOU Play the Harmonica Part)
03:21

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Knockin' on Heaven's Doors on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Teacher Example)
02:48

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Door (YOU Play the Harmonica)
03:53

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Let It Be on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

The Beatles - Let It Be (Teacher Example)
02:59

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

The Beatles - Let It Be (YOU Play the Harmonica part)
03:00

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Hallelujah on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

Preview 03:32

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

Preview 03:08

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Angie on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

The Rolling Stones - Angie (Teacher Example)
02:23

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

The Rolling Stones - Angie (YOU Play the Harmonica Part!)
02:21

In this article I will explain how you can play songs that you know on the harmonica - by figuring them out yourself and without using notes or tabs. If you first learn how to play 3-4 of the songs above it will go a long way in helping you get the most out of this article. 

5 Steps to Play any Song on the Harmonica By Ear:
04:56
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Graduation Bonus - A Challenging (and BEAUTIFUL) Song
2 Lectures 07:01

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Can't Help Falling in Love with You on the harmonica, before you learn how to play it yourself in the next video.

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love With You (Teacher Example)
03:29

Now it's your turn to play the song - my harmonica is muted and you will have the harmonica tabs on screen. In the attached PDF you can see the full tabs attached to the lyrics - which might be more comfortable for you than seeing them on screen. You can also slow down the video when you're starting out and still getting used to the song - using the video player's settings. However, the first thing you'll wanna do is to just play it without the background music at all.

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love With You (YOU Play the Harmonica!)
03:32
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EXTRAS - Fun Harmonica Articles and Videos
9 Lectures 41:43

This is a lesson that kind of does a recap on 3 topics we already talked about - but it will remind you of their importance. These tips are: Learning the note names, paying attention to the beat, and one other skill that you can find out inside the video...

Preview 05:28

A collection of what I consider as the 10 best harmonica solos in rock history - solos that will inspire you with new ways to play the harmonica. Recommended!

Preview 09:10

A fun article about 13 harmonica fun facts!

13 Super Fun Facts You Never Knew About Harmonica
04:15

Which harmonica you should buy as your first one? I can give you the bottom line if you want a quick answer - Hohner Marine Band or Hohner Blues Harp. (in the key of C)

Preview 05:43

Which harmonica you should buy as your first one? I can give you the bottom line if you want a quick answer - Hohner Marine Band or Hohner Blues Harp. (in the key of C)

Which Harmonica is the Best Beginners Harmonica? Article
03:46

Couple of cool ideas that might get you motivated to go on some travels with your shiny new harmonica...

5 Reasons Why Harmonicas Are the Perfect Traveling Companions
03:53

Why playing the harmonica in the first place? I wrote this article originally for guitarists reading my blog GuitarHippies, but even if you're not a guitarist you might find some good motivation here.

9 Inspiring Reasons to Learn Harmonica
03:56

Learn how you can improve MUCH faster if you'll only do one thing - record yourself playing the harmonica and jammin' with music, at least every now and then. Read more inside.

Recording Yourself - The #1 Key for Improvement. How to:
05:03

An invitation to the Harmonica Jamz blog - where students can find even more harmonica tips and goodies.

The Harmonica Jamz BLOG: More Harmonica Articles and Goodies
00:27
About the Instructor
Alon Cooper
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Alon Cooper (Born 1990) is a self taught multi-instrumentalist with a passion for creating musical shortcuts and helping beginning musicians reach the level they want to get to - in the fastest way around. Alon is the founder of the blog GuitarHippies-com, one of the top five most read guitar blogs worldwide, and of Harmonica Jamz - a unique harmonica learning system, designed in an interactive way.

Over the last six years, Alon has spent many months backpacking through four different continents with his guitar and harmonicas, jammin' and teaching music around the globe - online and with local students. He is currently focused on creating new and uber-effective ways to teach the piano and the guitar.

Alon has over ten years of experience in playing music. He started with the guitar and currently plays and records music to various artists and to his YouTube channel with over ten different instruments, mostly as a one man band. These include the piano, harmonica, flute, trumpet, cajon, bass and more.