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INSTANT HARMONICA – play the wonderful Jingle Bells (part 2) right now!
Part 2 - this course - is the verse - 'Dashing through the snow...' etc
Part 1 is the famous bit, the chorus - 'Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way...'etc
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.
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|Section 1: Intro and overview of the course|
In this lecture I am introducing the course to you.
You will find out what there is to learn and how you will learn it.
I'll give you an idea of my teaching method and if you have taken other courses of mine you will be quite familiar with the mix of expert teaching, great harmonica knowledge, a humble yet ironic style, and my English sense of humour - which you may or may not like; I hope you do - it just bubbles up, I can't change it now.
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'
|Section 2: First line|
In this lecture we will recap the first few notes.
Learn to sing it first.
Next try playing the first 4 notes very slowly.
Add the 5th note.
Repeat until you can get it.
Next play it with the backing track - you will find this in lecture 3 (this one) under 'View resources' - second tab in from the left - the downward pointing arrow.
Jingle Bells 1 Copy .wav is the singing version at full speed
Jingle Bells 2 Copy .wav is the very slow version with harmonica
Jingle Bells 3 Copy .wav is the medium version with harmonica
Jingle Bells 4 Copy .wav is the full speed version.
Start with the singing version and sing through it a few times.
Then use the vey slow version to play along with. Don't knock yourself out.
In this lecture we will learn the other notes in the first line.
Play them with me on the video and gradually speed up.
Get it into 'muscle memory' by repetition so you can concentrate on the actual music rather than the mechanical process involved.
Repetition and patience.
Play from the top please.
Repetition and patience.
Use the slow backing track - or try the medium speed.
Repetition and patience.
|Section 3: Second line|
This lecture teaches you the second line, or at least the first part of it.
Listen to the backing track and sing it over a few times to get it into your ears.
Now let's zoom in and look at the first two notes: 6draw 9draw.
This is quite a big jump and is harder breathing in.
Spend some time jumping between 6 and 9 as I demonstrate on the video.
Repetition and patience.
Repetition and patience.
When you are ready you can move on to the next three notes which are 8blow, 8draw and 9blow.
This lecture recaps the first part of the second line and teaches you how to complete the second line.
|Section 4: Third line|
Great news - line three is pretty much the same as line one!
The only thing is that you will need to go with the flow and mirror the lyrics as you play.
So as you play music generally you can sing the words in your head and play the notes on your instrument.
Ben Webster (the famous tenor sax player) came off stage one time muttering 'Forgot the dang words'. What he meant was that he planned his solo to be phrased in keeping with the lyrics but got it wrong and was dissatisfied with his performance.
Keep playing with the backing tracks.
Repetition and patience.
|Section 5: Fourth and final line|
More good news - the last line is very similar the second line but you need to bounce along with the lyrics as discussed in the previous lecture.
When you have learnt this line get ready for the chorus to kick in - by which I mean the music you learned in Jingle Bells part 1.
|Section 6: Finishing off|
Well I guess this wraps it up but first let's play the whole song - the verse plus the chorus.
I assume you have taken Jingle Bells part1 already - if not you can delay this part until you have.
But I'm guessing most people will start with part 1 so if that's you we will now put the two pieces together.
In this lecture I'll also show you a groovy way to end the piece.
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|Section 7: Bonus - scale of C|
Have a go at the scale of C. It's a brilliant little Doh Re Me tune and will be very helpful.
Extend it by missing out notes F and B (5draw and 7draw) and you will have a different scale remaining - this is called the C major Pentatonic Scale and is your favourite friend when you are improvising. CDEGA are the notes.
Start those exact same notes on A and go up to A and you have there the 'A minor Pentatonic Scale' - ACDEGA. This is even more useful than the previous scale for improvising.
If you can already play this scale give yourself a challenge and start it from hole 1 blow.
You will find the bending requirements are rather intriguing!
Here's how my courses are categorised in terms of subject, purpose and content. 'Instant' courses are simple tunes; 'Learn Harmonica' is the harmonica encyclopaedia for everyone; 'Bones of the Blues', 'Get Chugging', '101 Blues Riffs', and '60 Sonny Terry Riffs' are the video taught versions of books I've written (you can google them) and the others are all about different techniques. I also have Celtic music courses for you.
If you see a course you want but don't have the cash you can talk to me. If you are a student or not earning much I will support you with a lower price, but if you are doing ok you can support me - how's that?
About the Guru. Harmonica Guru? Guru Schmuru; I'm joking - someone said it once and it appealed to my ego!
*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK
*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996
*Lousy at spelling - getting worse actually so tell me if you see a typo pleese
*Ben qualified as CTABRSM in 2002 (Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
*Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995
*Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, the National Harmonica League of UK and the International Harmonica Organisation).
*Ben's teaching business HarpsCool is proud to be
'IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HOHNER'
'Ben Hewlett is one of the UK's most respected harmonica teachers and the UK's most prolific author on harmonica tuition. He will lead you through the ins and outs of harmonica playing through a series of short video lessons. His teaching style is confident, practiced, humorous, skillful, knowledgeable and packed with information in bite sized chunks. Ben is used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals and is delighted to offer his services to you.'
'You'll know Ben better as a harmonica teacher but he also studied Irish Drum - Bodhran - and tin whistle in the 1990's with the now very famous Steafan Hannigan and Marc Moggy from Renegade Rhythms. He got so into Bodhran playing he bought an expensive tuneable drum from Marc and it works better than ever to this day. Ben has played Bodhran in bands and sessions for years and even has a Senheiser bass drum microphone embedded into his drum. Check out his Bodhran teaching on Udemy'
I would recommend using 'Transcribe!' for slowing down and changing the key on my backing tracks - it's free as a trial and well worth a look in my opinion.
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I have been teaching people to play harmonica since 1996 as a full time job. I have started tens of thousands on their way to play the harmonica and I can tell you - it sure beats working!
I believe I was the first person to be a full time harmonica teacher in the UK, there are still very few of us - so there's plenty of room if you want to come and join me.
Recently I have become the Chairman of the National Harmonica League (NHL) which supports the UK harmonica players community.
Much of my time is spent writing books with Paul Lennon on how to play the harmonica, there are 20 or so with loads more in the pipeline - we have so many ideas it never stops.
I teach children near home, and with my team at HarpsCool where the team and I give 300 children weekly harmonica lessons.
My YT videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching on Udemy; there are millions of hits on the youtube sites and thousands of subscribers. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it's helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing - at last!
I run workshops at major harmonica festivals including SPAH in the US, the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK, the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany - home of Hohner, and the Harmonica Masters Workshops also in Germany.
I even use the harmonica in team building events for many international companies.
Cruise Ships have been part of my teaching life since 2002 and the combination of teaching, performing and travelling is quite a blast. Who knew teaching the harmonica would take me to the Caribbean three times, Africa, Russia, Scandinavia, and Atlantic Europe.
You will often find me performing in various venues and going to jam sessions, and I love playing with interesting groups or sitting on a number when the opportunity arises - that's one of the wonderful things about the harmonica, you can have it in your back pocket and join in with people wherever you are.
So you are in extremely competent and safe hands, so do yourself a favour and try one of my courses - in fact have a free lecture or two to suck it and see - that's a harmonica joke by the way.