Instant Harmonica - play Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah now!
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Instant Harmonica - play Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah now!

Learn to play clear single notes, all the chords, root notes, melodies, and impro that will help you play this tune
4.7 (15 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.
105 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 7/2017
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $40 Discount: 75% off
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play Hallelujah on your harmonica and sound great - they'll all sing along with you!
  • play clear single notes on your harmonica
  • learn all the songs in the INSTANT HARMONICA series so look out for the courses coming up
  • have fun playing harmonica!
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Requirements
  • all you need is a ten hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. You can get one locally or from my mail order shop sonnyboysmusicstore (link is on the last page of the course, in my profile or google it) - I'd recommend the Sonnyboys Special in C as a good all-round harmonica with low cost and great quality.
Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – play the wonderful Hallelujah now!

Respect and thanks to Leonard for writing and performing this amazing song.

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.

COPYRIGHT POLICY

Respect and thanks to all the artists for writing and performing these amazing song that you want to learn.

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 (extracts)

I quote:

 "Not more than 5% of a work may be copied under this section by or on behalf of an educational establishment in any period of 12 months, and for these purposes a work, which incorporates another work is to be treated as a single work. 

Fair dealing with a work for the purposes of private study does not infringe any copyright in the work.”

So 

  • Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.
  • 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.
  • Any audio backing tracks are written and recorded by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.

If you are a copyright holder and feel I have used too much of your work please contact me on benhewlett@me.com or 07973284366 and I will remove whatever you feel is inapropriate without question..

Who 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. 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 if you add tongue blocking and playing an octave down or using a different key harmonica you will get a big challenge here!
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
01:21:07
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Teaser!
1 Lecture 03:19

This short movie is the same as the promotional video so feel free to skip if you've seen it.

Preview 03:19
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Introduction to the course
2 Lectures 06:05

In this lecture I will introduce the course and give you an overview of the whole thing.

Please note that all the downloadable resources start in lecture 5 - you get the backing track, the chords, the lyrics, the harp tab, the notation.

Preview 02:10

The best way to learn a song in my opinion is to sing it and in this lecture we will sing through the whole piece many times and I hope that will give you good basis for learning it on the harmonica. This is called PRACTICE and now is your chance to practice getting the song under your skin.

Preview 03:55
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How to play single notes better
2 Lectures 06:40

This lecture is intended to help you improve your single note playing good. You can skip it if you are already very good at playing single notes but make sure you be final lecture as this will enhance your skills considerably.

Preview 02:30

Just before we start playing the tune proper, I would like to talk to you about time signature of this piece colour and how the beats work and how the rhythm feels so we will use the introduction section of the song and work on the timing and the groove.

Learning about timing and groove
04:10
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The main tune
5 Lectures 25:03

So now we start the tune itself. The first line and the second line are similar so we will know both of those right now. Please note that the resources (downloads) start at this point in the course. You will need the track called ‘Hallelujah - CAm groove.wav’ for this lecture and I have also provided the tablature, chords, lyrics and written music in this lecture.

First line - 'Well I heard...'
05:56

In this lecture we well learned the phrase that starts ‘but you don't really care for music do you’. Please be careful to coordinate your phrasing with the placement of the chords as this will help you play the song better.

Second line - 'But you don't care...'
05:58

In this lecture we will learn the third line that starts ‘well it goes like this…’. Please follow the video instruction and don't forget to play along with the practice track provided in this lecture.

Third line - 'Well it goes like this...'
05:19

In this lecture we come to the focal point of the song. When you hear the massive E major chord on the 'po' of the word composing you can feel that you have reached the top of the mountain. Enjoy the climb and don't forget to download the backing track for this phrase supplied in this lecture.

Preview 03:12

This part of the tune is like a warm-down; you can take your foot off the gas at this point and relax as you play the for repeats of the word hallelujah. The final repeat of that word is somewhat extended so watch out for that and don't forget to download the backing track in this phrase which is provided in this lecture under resources.

Last line - 'Hallelujah'
04:38
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Playing the whole tune
4 Lectures 40:00

This lecture is a run through of the whole tune. I would like you to play the whole tune over and over many times to get to know it and enjoy this beautiful piece of music. The backing track provided is for the entire tune so please use it and have a great time with it.

Run through of the whole tune
06:15

This lecture is all about the structure of the piece and focuses on the chords that Leonard Cohen has used here. It should help you to understand the song better and to get a feeling of the harmony.

Looking at the chords and harmony
07:11

IMPORTANT

The final lecture in this course is about improvisation. I will teach you to scales that you can use and then demonstrate the use of them. After that it's up to you but the nice thing is about this piece is that it's very hard to play notes that sound wrong and if you do just shift to another one that sounds right. Or take the Miles Davis strong idea approach which is to play it again but louder!

Thank you for joining me on this hallelujah journey and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have.

Improvisation techniques and outro
07:43

Backing track in full and also in looped sections
18:51
About the Instructor
Ben Hewlett
4.6 Average rating
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15,930 Students
68 Courses
Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

Wow, over 15 thousand students - you could be next!!

  • I'LL PROVE HOW GOOD MY COURSES ARE - IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM YOU CAN HAVE ALL YOUR MONEY BACK - NO QUIBBLE - 100%; GUARANTEED BY UDEMY! 

Please note I am your HARMONICA SPECIALIST - that is my main focus.

Please see my copyright policy at the bottom of this page.

**NEW** My interest in sound and travel has also led me to do some live workshops on English conversation and pronunciation (in Vietnam) and so I am now starting to create some Udemy courses on that subject.

I always give current students a 75% discount on everything so if you take one course you are 'in my exclusive discount club' which means I will tell you every month what's new and where the discounts are.

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 now have a few Celtic music courses for you, and English pronunciation as well.

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?

*Ben is the Chairman of the NHL - National Harmonica League in the UK

*Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996

*Lousy at speelling - 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 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.

COPYRIGHT POLICY

Respect and thanks to all the artists for writing and performing these amazing songs that you want to learn.

The Copyright and Rights in Performances (Research, Education, Libraries and Archives) Regulations 2014 (extracts)

I quote:

 "Not more than 5% of a work may be copied under this section by or on behalf of an educational establishment in any period of 12 months, and for these purposes a work, which incorporates another work is to be treated as a single work. 

Fair dealing with a work for the purposes of private study does not infringe any copyright in the work.”

So 

Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.

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.

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

If you are a copyright holder and feel I have used too much of your work please contact me on benhewlett@me.com or 07973284366 and I will remove whatever you feel is inapropriate without question.