Instant Harmonica - play Amazing Grace with grace and ease!

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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – play Amazing Grace 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.

What are the requirements?

  • You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica (10 hole diatonic in the key of C)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • play Amazing Grace like a Gospel pro and thrill your friends and family and be able to play the scale of C using single notes

What is the target audience?

  • 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. Intermediate players can take the course and although you will find it quite easy. If you are an advanced player you will cover the whole thing very fast and you may find it is too slow for you however look at the final lecture and you will see there are other ways to play the tune which will challenge you.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Intro to the course
02:23

Welcome to the course, let's start by singing the tune - it's the best way to learn a tune I think.

Section 2: Here's how to get single notes on the harmonica
02:07

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 3: Here are the tracks for you to play along with
02:27

This is the playalong track with me singing and playing a little bit and leaving spaces for you but offering my support.

Have a sing:

You get it three times round so right now I suggest you sing it first.

You can research the words but here are some to get on with:

  1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
  2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
  3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
  4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
  5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
  6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
  7. When we've been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We've no less days to sing God's praise
    Than when we'd first begun.
02:19

You are on your own here!

This is the playalong track without me singing and playing.

Just the band - and you.

You get it three times round so right now I suggest you sing it first.

You can research the words but here are some to get on with:

  1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
    That saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found;
    Was blind, but now I see.
  2. 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
    And grace my fears relieved;
    How precious did that grace appear
    The hour I first believed.
  3. Through many dangers, toils and snares,
    I have already come;
    'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
    And grace will lead me home.
  4. The Lord has promised good to me,
    His Word my hope secures;
    He will my Shield and Portion be,
    As long as life endures.
  5. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
    And mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess, within the veil,
    A life of joy and peace.
  6. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
    The sun forbear to shine;
    But God, who called me here below,
    Will be forever mine.
  7. When we've been there ten thousand years,
    Bright shining as the sun,
    We've no less days to sing God's praise
    Than when we'd first begun.
Section 4: First line of the tune
03:06

This lecture is all about playing the first two notes of the piece.

Please remember the downward arrow in red means BREATHE IN

We will study the transition between hole 4 draw and 6 blow

Work on the first two notes before moving on please

04:12

This lecture is all about learning the next three notes

I want you to watch my face and see if you can figure out what I'm doing

What does my face do differently breathing in compared to breathing out?

Can you see if I move holes or stay where I am?

Next we will play the whole of the first bar

Introducing triplets on the word 'zing'

Work on the notes we've learnt so far before taking the next lecture please


03:39

This lecture is about playing the whole of the top line - that is the aim

One note at a time

Remember that when two consecutive notes have the same breath direction and are next to each other you can play the transition very smoothly by continuing to breathe and leaving no gaps

So in this case 7 draw to 6 draw can be very smooth

As indeed can the notes 6 draw to 6 blow which are your next two notes

05:48

This lecture is about finishing off the first line.

That completes the first line so let's play it with the band to practice

Guess what? the second line is pretty much the same as the first line at least to start with

So you are covering familiar ground

Try playing from the top now - with and without the band

Although we've got halfway we are actually three quarters through because of the repeated parts

Good progress - well done!

Section 5: Part two of the tune - you've done more than half - well done, pat on the back!
04:10

This lecture is about staring the second half - line three

Start with the pickup notes (7 and 8 draw) at the end of the second line

Lots of draw notes in a row can tend to make people explode so how to we deal with breath management?

BREATH OUT!

At a discreet time so the flow of the music is not interupted

Lets play it from the top with the band

You can break out here and use the backing tracks if you like

Play it round a number of times before taking the next lecture

03:50

This lecture is about seeing the repeats hidden in the structure of the music

Most of line three is the same as most of line one!

So let's play from the top and play the first three lines with and without the band

05:16

This lecture is about spotting the repeats again

It really reduces the amount of music you need to learn

Writing the numbers and arrows is handy but isn't music

Always test the numbers and arrows (harmonica tablature) to check the sound

It's much easier to hear the right notes than see them I think

Now we'll play it round three times for good luck!

Playing Amazing grace in different keys/positions
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Section 6: Bonus - how to extend this course even further
05:36

Here are some other ways to play this tune.

Play it with chords

Use single notes as in the course but add others that sound good - major pentatonic notes sound great

Play it in C starting 6blow, 7blow, 8blow, 8draw, 7blow, 8blow (A-ma-zi-i-ing Grace..etc)

Learn to bend notes and 'blues' it up a bit

Use the tongue to get a strong rhythm

Try these things and develop your playing

Come and join us for another tune in the INSTANT HARMONICA series when you want to learn another tune!

Section 7: Bonus - how to play the scale of C
Bonus - how to play the scale of C
04:20

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Instructor Biography

Ben Hewlett, Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

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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'

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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.


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