Harmonica Jamz: Play Any Song and JAM with Friends
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Harmonica Jamz: Play Any Song and JAM with Friends

The Complete Harmonica System: Play Any Song; Learn How to Jam and Improvise with Friends and with Your Favorite Music.
4.6 (17 ratings)
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1,800 students enrolled
Created by Alon Cooper
Last updated 5/2017
English
Current price: $30 Original price: $120 Discount: 75% off
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Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 Articles
  • 12 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 the melody of any particular rock/pop/blues song on your harmonica.
  • Jam and IMPROVISE beautiful music with a fellow guitarist / pianist who plays the rhythm.
  • By improvising musical riffs - you'll be able to add your own touch to any song that you play in the background.
  • Play beautiful and smooth single notes.
  • Understand basic music theory to the level that you need to get out and jam with other musicians.
  • Acquire a solid sense of rhythm - one of the KEY foundations in order to sound great.
  • Have a solid control of the harmonica notes and of playing them in all three octaves.
  • Be able to jam on the harmonica with backing tracks / real songs / real musicians.
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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

Do you want to play a cool instrument - the harmonica, and to be able to play music with other people? 

Harmonica Jamz is exactly what you're looking for.

In three sentences, what is Harmonica Jamz?

Do you know Bob Dylan? Neil Young? Other famous rockers who jam the harmonica that you like?

Harmonica Jamz is your one stop shop for learning how to play songs and jam on the harmonica BETTER than all those guys, quickly.

And you DON'T have to have previous musical experience - since it is designed for experienced musicians or total beginners alike. Harmonicas are easy - and this the optimized, most effective way to learn it. 

Why should you listen to me?

So 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.

Wait. Why should I play the harmonica anyway?

Well, harmonicas are unique instruments in a couple of ways. They are:

  • Easy to learn and to play. (when done with the right teaching method)
  • Extremely compact - can always in your backpack or pocket, ready to play.
  • AFFORDABLE. 40$ buy you the best ones, hand-made in Germany.
  • Social instruments - always ready to jam with other guitarists and friends. 
  • Sound great with multiple music genres from rock, to blues, to pop and country.
  • Developing your ears and feel for the music.

Why shouldn't I take another course or just watch free YouTube lessons? 

Two reasons: 

1) Your time is valuable, and trying to learn your way through random lessons on random harmonica topics (instead of using a systematic, proven approach) will never get you as far as where I can take you - and in a much shorter time.

2) Harmonica Jamz is built in a unique way which makes it the most interactive (and therefore - fun and easy to learn from) harmonica course online. After each lecture, we will have an interactive jam session where you will be playing the harmonica along to the relevant music, while the key points that we just talked about will be right in front of you, in a text form.

This way, you have fun while the knowledge gets implemented in your brain and gets you ready to get out there and jam with real people.

*By the way, Harmonica Jamz is also professionally produced and filmed in a boutique music studio, and in standards of quality that are unknown in the harmonica videos world. The lessons are a joy to watch and listen to - as you can see in the previews. 

What are the topics that are covered in the course? How will they help me?

We cover two big topics: 1) Playing Songs. 2) Improvising music and jammin' with other people.

It is all done using the following "building blocks": 

  1. Playing the harmonica with the tone of a professional - to get the most beautiful sound you can out of your harp.
  2. Learning to play single notes - this will enable you to sound more precise and enrich your musical pallete. 
  3. We will learn specifically how to play some famous rock songs to get you started.
  4. You will learn the basics of music theory - this will enable you to start IMPROVISING your own riffs.
  5. When you will know how to improvise, you can confidently get out there and jam with other real musicians!
  6. You will acquire a solid sense of rhythm through the Harmonica Jamz Rhythm Method™. Rhythm is one of the biggest foundations to sound great on any music instrument. 
  7. You will know all the notes of the harmonica in all three octaves. This means you will be able to play songs by ear and to improvise with ease - instead of randomally "shooting in the dark" like how most amateur harmonica players do. 

All the lessons are built in a revolutionary, interactive way. How exactly?

  1. In the first part of each lesson - I am in the studio, teaching you the new technique while giving examples on HD video. 
  2. In the second part of each lesson - the course becomes totally interactive - I am playing a jam track for you, (in beautiful, live HD video as you can see in the free preview) while you are at home jammin' along. On screen I will be reminding you, through text, all the key points we just talked about.

So you get to learn while havin' fun and while you are much more likely to ingrain the material than with any other course out there!

I think I'm sold! You mentioned that we learn some songs. Which songs exactly? 

Yes! Playing songs' melodies is one of the most satisfying musical experiences you can have. 

In the course, I will show you my examples of those songs, and then you will get to play them yourself while I show you the harmonica notes on screen and the music is playing for you in the background without my harmonica. (check out the preview of "Let It Be".

The songs that we will learn include:

  • The Beatles - Let It Be
  • Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
  • Bob Dylan - Knockin' on Heaven's Doors
  • The Rolling Stones - Angie
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love with You

I am currently working on a songs-only course (without the improvising parts) which will include 20+ more famous songs. 

Can't wait to see you inside!

Who is the target audience?
  • People who love music and who want to play music themselves.
  • People who have no experience of playing any musical instrument.
  • People who have previous experience on the harmonica but are looking for a more complete approach.
  • Musicians who play other instruments.
  • People who LOVE music - WILL have a great time in the course and WILL learn a new, cool musical skill.
Curriculum For This Course
65 Lectures
05:07:06
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Achieving an Excellent Sound + Understanding the Concept of "Jams"
8 Lectures 42:41

In this lesson I will give you a brief introduction to Harmonica Jamz - and especially about the way that the lessons work: a studio lesson followed by an interactive jam session.

Preview 02:51

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 previous lecture - 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.

Preview 04:42

Our First Jamz + Understanding The Concept of Jammin’ & Improvisation
08:45

This is the first Jam Time session of the second lesson. We will be using a jam track in the style of "Imagine" by the Beatles. 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.

Preview 02:59

This is the second Jam Time session of the second lesson. We will be using a jam track in a blues style. 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.

Blues Jam Session: Understanding the Concept of Jammin'
04:41

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.

Single Notes - Get the Ability to Play ALL the Songs You Love
05:16

This is the Jam Time session of the previous lecture about single notes - 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 Single Notes
04:29
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Warming UP: Let's Play Some Famous Rock Songs!
12 Lectures 36:19

A VERY recommended read before you dive into the second section where we will be playing songs.

Preview 01:32

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Let It Be on the harmonica.

Preview 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.

Preview 03:00

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Hallelujah on the harmonica.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (Full Teacher Example)
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. 

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah (You Play the Harmonica Part!)
03:08

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Knockin' on Heaven's Door on the harmonica.

Preview 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. 

Preview 03:53

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song You Are My Sunshine on the harmonica.

You Are My Sunshine (Full 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. 

You Are My Sunshine (You Play the Harmonica Part)
02:51

I will be showing you a full example of how you can play the song Angie on the harmonica.

The Rolling Stones - Angie (Full 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. 

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.

5 Steps to Play Any Song You Want BY EAR
05:01
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Learn How to IMPROVISE with Real Musicians
5 Lectures 32:26

In the Theory 101 lesson and the "Speaking the Language of Music Through the Harmonica" lesson, we dive into the fun bits of music theory that you'll need to understand in order to successully jam with people. Note that these lessons require your full attention, so take them when you are fully available. 

There is an attached PDF with a recap of the lesson that you can read when you're done. 

Theory 101: The Fun Basics of Music Theory
11:58

In the Theory 101 lesson and the "Speaking the Language of Music Through the Harmonica" lesson, we dive into the fun bits of music theory that you'll need to understand in order to successully jam with people. Note that these lessons require your full attention, so take them when you are fully available. 

In the attached PDF you can find a list of famous, fun songs that you can jam with.

Speaking The Language of Music Through the Harmonica!
06:47

In this Jam Time we will be practicing the practical aspects of the music theory we just learned - on the harmonica.

Jam Time: Speaking the Language of Music Through the Harmonica
04:16

This simple lesson will teach you a very neat trick that will let you sound MUCH better when you're improvising on your harmonica with friends or with songs that you love from a recording.

In the attached PDF you can find a list of famous, fun songs that you can jam with.

The PENTATONIC Secret: Avoid These Two Notes and You'll Sound WAY Better
04:33

In this Jam Time we will be practicing the Pentatonic jams on your harmonica.

Jam Time: Practicing the Pentatonic Secret
04:52
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Taking Your Harmonica Skills to the NEXT Level
9 Lectures 57:59

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

In this lesson I will give you 4 key skills that will make you the guy / girl that people WANT around when they're jammin' on their guitars - simply because you will have a much better understanding on the dynamics of a jam and how you can add the most value to any jam with your own harmonica.

The 4 Key Principles of the SOCIAL Harmonica Jammer
07:05

Solid time keeping skills are perhaps the most important technique you should develop if you want to sound good - especially when you're playing music with other people. Here I will give you key tips on how to develop these skills quickly - before we get to practice them in a "triple Jam Time".

How-To Develop Solid Time-Keeping Skills - CRITICAL
05:26

This is a triple jam time to kickstart your time keeping skills.What we'll have:

1: A short metronome practice - which will be with rising tempos. 

2: Jam Time with a slow blues jam track in the style of B.B King - where the drums will disappear in the middle of the track - to practice your inner time keeping skills without an "assisting" percussion instrument. 

3: 2: Jam Time with a faster jam track a style of blues-funk, where the drums will also disappear in the middle of the track.

Jam Time: Practicing Solid Time-Keeping
11:47

Ever heard about "blues harp"? Blues harp is a style of harmonica playing that sounds different and more "bluesy" than what we have been playing up until now. In this lesson I will introduce you to this style - which we will be playing using what's called "2nd position harmonica".

2nd Position Harp: Unlocking the Super-Bluesy Sounds
09:29

Here we will be practicing the blues harp sound of the 2nd position harmonica playing.

Jam Time: 2nd Position Harp
04:20

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 Key for Improvement. How-To:
05:03

Congratulations! You have completed the main part of the course. Let's recap what we learned and celebrate it in a fun Jam Time.

Graduation: Course Cap-Off & What's Next?
05:00

Congratulations! You have completed the main part of the course. Let's recap what we learned and celebrate it in a fun Jam Time.

Jam Time: Celebratory Final Blues-Funk Jam Time
04:21
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Challenging Graduation Song by Elvis Presley
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.

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

This Elvis song is pretty challenging because it has a lot of movements between holes that are far away and it demands accuracy. When you can play this song smoothly with the jam along track at regular speed - you have come a long way on the harmonica and I am PROUD of you! Keep rockin' it. 

Can't Help Falling in Love - Challenging Song - Now YOU Play It...
03:32
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EXTRAS - Fun Harmonica Articles and Videos
8 Lectures 39:27

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!

The Top 10 Harmonica Solos In Rock History: Video
09:10

A fun article about 13 harmonica fun facts!

Preview 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)

The Best Beginner Harmonica - Which Harp You Should Get?
03:48

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 Travel Companions
03:55

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 and Improve on the Harmonica
03:58

What's so special about the blues? Why has it been so closely tied with harmonicas? What IS blues music anyway? I give all the answers inside - an enriching lesson!

Learnin' the Blues + Havin' Fun with Different Blues Jamz
07:44

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
00:53
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Extra Jam Tracks for Your Enjoyment
21 Lectures 01:32:35

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

Preview 04:18

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The 12 String Blues
04:19

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Blues Funk Party in A Minor
04:21

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Dirty Distortion Blues
04:20

This jam track is based on "Imagine" by John Lennon. Use a harmonica in the key of C.

The Beatles’-Style Soft-Rock Piano Jam
03:02

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The “Tracy Chapman” Blues (Give Me One Reason)
04:55

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. Use a harmonica in the key of C.

The Piano Folk 101 (feat. The 12 String Guitar Guest)
04:15

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

Preview 04:43

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Speedy Electric Fingerstyle Blues
04:34

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. Use a harmonica in the key of C.

The Acoustic Guitar Jam – Dylan Style
03:53

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Slow Boom Bass Blues
04:57

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Medium Tempo Boom Bass Blues
04:21

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

Preview 04:25

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Quick Louisiana Blues - Johnny B. Goode Style
03:40

This jam track is based on the beautiful song "All I Could Do Is Write About It" by Lynyrd Skynrd. Use a harmonica in the key of C.

The Soft-Rock Piano Ballad
04:32

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The B.B King Style Organ Blues (Slow)
04:56

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of C or a harmonica in the key of F (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The B.B King Style Organ Blues (Medium Tempo)
04:22

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. This is a minor blues in the key of A minor, use a harmonica in the key of C or F. (F for 2nd position)

The Sad Memphis Blues in A Minor
05:05

This jam track is based on the beautiful song "All I Could Do Is Write About It" by Lynyrd Skynrd. Use a harmonica in the key of G. (those G harmonicas have the best sounding multi notes...)

The Soft-Rock Piano Ballad in G <G harmonica needed>
04:31

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of G or a harmonica in the key of C (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Electric Fingerstyle Blues in G <G harmonica needed>
04:44

Have fun and jam along with one of the complimentary extra jam tracks. You can use a harmonica in the key of G or a harmonica in the key of C (for 2nd position, bluesier sound. See the 2nd position lesson for more details)

The Electric Shuffle Blues in G (G harmonica needed)
04:22
About the Instructor
Alon Cooper
4.7 Average rating
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3,755 Students
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Founder - The GuitarHippies Blog • Harmonica Jamz courses

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.