Instant Harmonica - play Yesterday + Scarborough Fair today!
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Learn to play a fab Beatles piece and spooky Scarborough Fair now - get my easy step by step guide and I'll show how now
4.8 (5 ratings)
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34 students enrolled
Created by Ben Hewlett
Last updated 8/2016
English
Current price: $10 Original price: $40 Discount: 75% off
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 27 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • play Yesterday and Scarborough Fair 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
  • know how a harmonica works and the beginnings of how you play this amazing instrument
  • impress your friends with two recognisably played tunes - you'll be the the star of the show!
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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 Yesterday and the minor key Scarborough Fair now!

Respect and thanks to Lennon and McCartney for writing and performing Yesterday.

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
26 Lectures
02:03:21
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Intro and overview
3 Lectures 11:00

In this lecture I'm simply telling you what's in store.

It's worth a quick watch and then we push on the the meat of the course in the next lecture.

Preview 04:11

I believe the best way to learn a piece of music is to sing it.


So let's sing!


Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.


Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.


Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.


Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.


Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.


Yesterday love was such an easy game to play.
Now I need a place to hide away.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.


Mm mm mm mm mm mm mm

Preview 03:43
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A section, first Line
2 Lectures 10:14

In this lecture we start to learn the first notes.

It starts really simply with:

4draw 4blow 4blow

Try to get that right first.

The next few notes are:

5 blow twice and 6draw twice.

Bot too hard!

Preview 05:18

Now we can finish the first line.

You can print the file in the downloadable tab and you will see the same thing on the screen.

The lyrics are:

...seemed so far away.

I am attaching the ENTIRE song here in this lecture with harmonica tab - it's in the downloadable tab.

Also the half speed backing track.

Completing the first line
04:56
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Second Line
1 Lecture 05:39

Now it looks as though they're here to stay.

Please follow the lecture and also read the file in the download tab - they are the same.

Learning the second line
05:39
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Third Line
2 Lectures 07:52

Here comes the third line of the song.

'Oh, I believe in yesterday.'

As you will hear in the video I have had to make a few compromises to enable beginners to play the song one one note is in this line - can you tell which one?

Third line of the tune
04:06

Here's your chance to play through the A section with the band.

Here are the lyrics again - if you want to practice singing, or want to sing in your head as you play - and I STRONGLY ADVISE THAT YOU DO.

Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.
Now it looks as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Suddenly I'm not half the man I used to be.
There's a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly.

Play through the whole A section
03:46
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B section
2 Lectures 13:03

Time to start the B section now.

Here are the lyrics:

'Why she had to go, I don't know, she wouldn't say.'

What a great song this is!


Starting the B section
07:43

Now let's complete this section - here are the lyrics for you:

'I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.'

Completing the B section
05:20
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The ending
1 Lecture 02:32

The ending is pretty much a repeat of the final line but hummed in the original.

I won't give you the hummed lyrics but they are on the video!

The ending
02:32
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Playing the whole song
4 Lectures 16:53

So now time to go up a gear and play the whole song at 70% of the normal speed.

Can you play it with your eyes closed?

Try to memorise the lyrics and sing them in your head as you play.

Playing the whole song at 70% speed
03:38

So now time to go up another gear and play the whole song at normal speed.

Can you play it with your eyes closed?

Try to memorise the lyrics and sing them in your head as you play.

Playing the whole song at full speed
04:03

In this lecture we look into playing the correct notes.

'..all my troubles...' should really be E F# G# A

5blow, 5overblow, 6draw single bend, 6draw - or

2blow, 2draw single bend, 3draw triple bend, 3 double bend.

Pretty tricky either way.

I have a course on bending notes if you are interested in studying that.

Hence the compromise.

Or try playing it in F as the original is played. 

Paul McCartney tuned down a tone and then played as if he was in F for some reason.


What about the missing notes I mentioned? Here they are.
06:51

Well done, you made it!

get down to your nearest open mic or find someone to play it with - enjoy!

Outro and summing up
02:21
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And now...drumroll...Scarborough Fair!
2 Lectures 05:38

This is the trailer movie.

Preview 02:14

This lecture is the intro where I describe the contents and how we will learn to play the tune.

Preview 03:24
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First line of music
2 Lectures 09:37

PLEASE BE SURE TO OPEN THE PICS IN THE DOWNLOAD TAB FOR EVERY LECTURE - THEY ARE SCREENSHOTS OF THE WHITEBOARD AND WILL MAKE EVERYTHING MUCH CLEARER FOR YOU IF YOU ARE USING A SMALL SCREEN TO VIEW THE VIDEOS 


Please note - THE BEAUTIFUL BACKING TRACK IS IN THIS LECTURE'S DOWNLOADABLE MATERIALS


Grab your C harp and let's go 

Starting with the first two notes 

Can you find them on your harmonica? 

Look at the board if you can't find it 

Now the next two notes? 

44 66 all breathing in 

Most of this tune is breathing in 

I play - you play 

Count this tune in 3 beats to the bar 

Exhale to prepare for a few breathing IN notes 

Control the aperture in your lips to get the single note you want

Learning the first two bars - 'Are you going to'
04:36

First two bars done 

Let's look at finishing off the top line of music 

Watch my face to deduce whether I'm breathing in or out 

Also whether I'm changing hole or staying in the same place 

Last note of the phrase is often the same as the first. It is here.

'Scarborough Fair'
05:01
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Second line of music
2 Lectures 11:17

Chorus - or the repetitive bit 

Sing it through with the chords 

We are in D minor here - actually D 'Dorian' 

Can you pick the notes out? 

Sounds like 'Smoke on the Water' 

Play these three notes 6 DRAW, 7 BLOW, 8 DRAW 

Now run through from the top

Bar 5 and 6 - 'Parsley, sage'
04:25

Run it through from the top 

Now the new notes 7 BLOW, 6 DRAW, 7 DRAW, 6 BLOW, 6 DRAW 

Make a smooth transition between notes of the same breath direction (which are next to each other) by continuing to breathe as you change holes. 

That's half of it done ! 

Well done you.

Rosemary and thyme
06:52
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About the Instructor
Ben Hewlett
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15,946 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 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.

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.