INSTANT HARMONICA – play The Kesh part 2 right now!
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THE KESH PART 1 FIRST.
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.
This lecture explains that this is part 2 of the Kesh and I recommend you take part 1 first.
Now we start to fill in the missing notes.
This time signature (6/8) means there are 6 beats in the bar but it feels like two groups of 3
So you can count it 123 456 with a strong pulse on 1 and 4
You could also count it 123 123 like a waltz
Or even 1 and a, 4 and a.
Hence the phrase 'diddly diddley' which I've heard describing (not very kindly) this type of music.
So learn the first few bars with me now.
I've added an audio file of me playing the tune three times with a backing track. It's quite slow but may not seem like it when you first hear it! You can use it as you get used to playing the notes I show you.
If you would like a slower version message me and I'll make one.
Now we will finish the top line off.
Notice the repetition means we've also just played the majority of the second line.
So take your time on this and repeat it over and over.
Have a look at what I've added to the board and you will see how repetitive the tune is.
Play it from the top please with repeats.
Notice when you repeat the A section add the 3 blow but when you head to the B section the pickup note is 4 draw.
Here comes the B part now.
The filling in notes could be thought of as decoration as they simply drop down a hole and then back without changing breath direction.
It's the same idea in the second bar of the B section but not so practical for harmonica players - you need to play 6 draw, 7 blow, 6 draw so practice it well.
If you find it too fast play it more slowly!
Starting at bar 11.
Note the repetition that keep occurring.
Let's play from the very top of the piece but without repeats.
Play it over and over.
Well done - you are 75% through the tune! Keep going.
Let's add the first part of the last line - guess what, it's the same as above in bar - until the last note anyway.
Play it from the top now please.
Let's finish it off.
Play the last line slowly with me now.
Now play the B section over and over.
At the end of the section use the 4 draw when you go back to the B section again.
At the end of the piece when you want to stop it head for the 10 blow or the 4 blow by sliding there still breathing out.
How can we extend this tune?
Play it tongueblocked
Use the rhythm with chords
Use tricks that the fiddle and whistle players use - the scotch snap, the cut, the roll - the 'doodle' or 'duddla' sound.
Or even 'diddle-a da'
Or 'drrrrr' like rolling your Rs
Or the 'mandolin' vibrato
Or the flick - go up one hole and back.
Or an octave lower/higher
All these are taught in my 'Learn Harmonica' course if you want to follow this up.
There's more, but right now......go to a session!
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?
*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'
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.