Instant Harmonica - play the old Popeye Spinach song now !
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Instant Harmonica - play the old Popeye Spinach song now !

Learn how to play this well known super cool piece and join your local music group - try Ben's easy step by step guide.
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Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 10/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play Popeye the Sailor Man on your harmonica. You will also be able to learn all the songs in the INSTANT HARMONICA series so look out for the courses coming up
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Requirements
  • You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica (10 hole diatonic in the key of C)
Description

INSTANT HARMONICA – play Popeye right now!

Don't forget to grab a can of SPINACH that's 'good to the FINACH' 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.

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
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course description
2 Lectures 04:09

In this lecture I will tell you all about the course.

You will see what you are about to learn and find out how you will learn it.

This is a brilliant tune and I really hope you enjoy playing it with me.

Hopefully you will want to play it with others and maybe even in public some time.

I have added three versions of the backing track to this lecture - slow medium and fast.

You will find these in the download section on the right of the main screen, look for the download arrow icon.

Let's go - enjoy, and make sure you get right to the end and write a review please.

Preview 02:02

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'

Preview 02:07
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Top line
1 Lecture 03:38

Let's start the tune now.

Can you recognise the first note?

Can you see from my face and the position of the harmonica?

Keep looking and it will become intuitive.

Preview 03:38
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Second line
2 Lectures 05:55

First line done, let's play it with the band and if you find it too fast play it over and over with me without the band.

Repetition is good.

Repetition is good.

Repetition is good.

Breaking up the tune into small phrases or sections makes learning a tune so much easier.

Follow the video and that's half the tune done.

Preview 04:11

In this lecture we will recap the first half of the tune and not learn any new parts.

Play along with me.

Second line recap
01:44
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Third line
2 Lectures 07:25

Here's the third line but just the first half.

Music related to the sea often has a lilting quality and phrases are often in groups of three.

So are waltzes and jigs.

So work with me on the groups of three in the third line.

Third line first half
03:47

Recap from the start.

Next we'll pick it up from 'I eats me spinach'

Taking a 'run at it' is often a helpful way to learn tunes.

Play what you know and then you are in context to figure out the next note.

Third line second half
03:38
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Last line
3 Lectures 14:51

Here's the last line.

Start by playing the whole of the tune so far.

The last line 'Popeye the sailor man' is coming back down the hill to home.

You will see what I mean on the video

There are two endings:

1. If you are repeating the tune end on the 4blow

2. If you are stopping this time you need a big ending and the jazz hands obviously. The dramatic ending goes up at the end and finishes on 7blow.

Last line
06:10

This lecture explains what all the notes are and where they are

Here you will learn the scale of C which is a very useful tune for playing tunes

If you aldeady know this stuff you can skim or skip it

Like I said earlier, 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

Bonus - learning the C scale
04:20

Now you have got the tune down this lecture shows you how to make it more musical and gives you ideas about extra rhythms, tongue blocking, trills, use of the hands etc - see the video.

Thanks for watching, please give me a Udemy review, tell your pals on and outside social media and come back for another Instant Harmonica course!

Go well, blow well,

Ben

Wrapping up the course
04:21
About the Instructor
Ben Hewlett
4.6 Average rating
997 Reviews
12,893 Students
61 Courses
Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996 CTABRSM, NHL

Wow, over 12 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 focus.

I always give current students a 75% discount on everything so if you take one course you are 'in my exclusive 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.

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 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.