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Get great playing HARMONICA – a fun new leisure time hobby!

A step by step guide on playing the blues harmonica - I'll walk you through this nice and easy music course; enjoy it!
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Language: English
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6.9 / 10

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Video Score: 7.8 / 10
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The average video length is 1 hours 38 minutes of 85 Harmonica courses on Udemy.
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**over 2,000 STUDENTS enrolled with – holy cow – 30 new people joining every day, and now you; I’m happy to meet you, welcome aboard, you just got 2,000 new friends!**
Many video lectures updated 7.1.15 and 21.1.15
Please note this course forms a tiny part of my BIG course – ‘Learn harmonica, amaze your friends’
If you would like a Udemy discount coupon for the BIG one please message me. It’s currently $200 but I can reduce it dramatically once you have completed this small course.
You know you always wanted to learn to play the harmonica?
Then this updated course is for you!
I will hold your hand all the way through the videos with my ‘infectious and humourous’ style of teaching – people tell me that, and who am I to argue.
You will feel like I’m right with you in a one to one lesson showing exactly you how to do it, and encouraging to to become confident and go it alone.

This course gives you the basics in 12 easy lectures. If you take one lecture per week that’s three months, although you can fast track and do it all in a weekend if you like.

It’s designed to be fun, friendly, easy for anyone to learn – even non-musical people! It is is designed to help you succeed and lead you on to the next in the series.
There are pdfs and mp3 downloads with many lectures so you can read the tablature and play along with the audio music written especially for learning harmonica.
Look in ‘View resources’ in the top right of your screen. The download tab is second in from the left – the one with the arrow.
Please be sure to visit the Questions area and Forum to interact with other students. It’s a great way to learn more and helps you apply what the course gives you.
I check my Udemy messages most days so feel free to message me if you have a question and I’ll do my best to come back to you quickly.

“Ben Hewlett is the UK’s most respected harmonica teacher and most prolific author. 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.”

I am used to teaching all over the world at prestigious harmonica festivals, one to one, groups, night school, corporate teambuilding, as a guest lecturer on cruise ships and but now it’s your turn!
Do you want to get so good you’ll be able to confidently play the songs you love for family and friends, jam with musicians, or even play on stage with a band?
Don’t play an instrument? Learn the Harmonica, it’s easy, cheap, portable, and sounds great.
If you can breathe you can play the harmonica.
Why play the harmonica?
·It’s easy to play – you don’t even need to use fingers
·The harmonica is an accessible and relatively easy introduction to music
·You can play scales and tunes over three octaves
·You can play rhythms with chords, as well as melodies (sometimes even both at the same time!)
·You can also play pairs of notes simultaneously using different intervals, including octaves
·It’s cheap and fits in your pocket
·You can play along / accompany on the piano – the harmonica equates to the white notes on the piano
·It sounds great right out of the box
You can learn to play it chromatically (all the sharps and flats) but most people generally don’t get to this stage so initially we play it modally to access C major, D minor (dorian), E minor (Phrygian), F major (Lydian), G major (mixolydian) A minor (aeolian), B minor (locrian)
You can play the Blues – where the harmonica is best known
You hear it on adverts and TV theme tunes all the time – now you can join in
A lot of bands use the harmonica as part of their show – that could be you
There are a thousand harmonica performances viewable for free on YouTube – you thought you were the only one?
It can lead to work if you want it to; there are many people who play music in bands and who teach and write about music as a full time or part time living.
The world’s most popular instrument – Guinness book of world records – so they say
You can:
·Play on stage
·Or with your friends
·Or at a jam session
The harmonica is a small, versatile instrument played in nearly every kind of music and most cultures the world over. Though it may seem confusing to learn at first glance, the harmonica is actually an easy and fun instrument to get started playing.

‘You’re not just learning an instrument : you’re exploring your soul. You need what Virginia Woolf called “a room of one’s own,” i.e., a place where you can practice obsessively and/or cut loose without worrying too much about the wife or husband, the roomate, the dogs, the kids, or the neighbors overhearing and critiquing you. This can be your bedroom or bathroom, a stereo room, the basement, an office, or it can be outdoors, in an abandoned park tunnel or along a windswept boardwalk–anywhere in which you feel as though you’re away.’ From Adam Gussow’s site
Best of all, learning the harmonica is fun.
You all know the sound of a harmonica; you hear it on a Beatles track, in a Western Movie, in a TV theme tune or on a advert. It’ll always be in classic rhythm and blues songs. The voice of the harmonica is all around us, it’s distinct and wherever it is found, it always sounds cool.

The harmonica has been enjoyed on top of mountains, in deserts, jungles, trenches, and prisons and even in a Gemini Space Rocket, so keeping one in your pocket is no problem.

You will learn

✓ By the end of this 12 lecture course you will know how to play blues simply with a band, hold your harmonica in different ways to get different effects, how to breathe in a harmonica way, make some cool sounds, play 12 bar blues, understand the history of the harmonica, play five train sounds, play rhythm harp, understand the chords on your harmonica, start picking out single notes, learn about timing and rhythms, play a scale of C, learn about playing in a band and much more. I will also give you a Udemy coupon at the end of this to give you half price off the next course I think you should go on.


• All you need is a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in C. Just get one from your local music store or we can mail one to you via Sonnyboys
• Musicstore.co.uk. The Mojo is recomended for Blues and the Sonnyboys Special is a good allround harmonica. Hohner harmonicas are also recommended but any will also get the job done.

This course is for

• This is for people who have never played harmonica at all and people who have only started dabbling with the harmonica recently. But will serve as a refresher and a ‘door-opener’ to get you back into it if you played a while back – so really it’s for everyone!

How much does the Get great playing HARMONICA - a fun new leisure time hobby! course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $11.99. And currently there is a 66% discount on the original price of the course, which was $34.99. So you save $23 if you enroll the course now.
The average price is $12.5 of 85 Harmonica courses on Udemy.

Does the Get great playing HARMONICA - a fun new leisure time hobby! course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, Get great playing HARMONICA – a fun new leisure time hobby! has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the Get great playing HARMONICA - a fun new leisure time hobby! course, but there is a $23 discount from the original price ($34.99). So the current price is just $11.99.

Who is the instructor? Is Ben Hewlett a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Ben Hewlett has created 116 courses that got 7,797 reviews which are generally positive. Ben Hewlett has taught 68,609 students and received a 4.5 average review out of 7,797 reviews. Depending on the information available, Ben Hewlett is a TRUSTED instructor.
Let me turbocharge your harmonica playing to the next level
Wow, I can’t quite believe this – over 45,000 students, and 67,000 courses purchased – come and join us…they can’t all be wrong!I am your HARMONICA SPECIALIST. I make one brand new short course every month.I also run live classes on Zoom every Saturday – see my website for details or email me if you would like a free ticket.Please see my copyright policy at the bottom of this page.If you would like a discount on a course, email [email protected] and ask me. I can usually go to 85% discount on request.If you are new to harmonica please take the ’30-day challenge’ or the big ‘Learn Harmonica – the easiest instrument to pick up’ course to get you started.If you are into Blues look for any course with the word ‘Blues’ in the title.I also have three percussion courses for you on Bodhran and Washboard. If you see a course you want but don’t have the cash you can email [email protected]; 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 and pay the full price – how’s that?*Ben is the Vice-President of HarmonicaUK – formerly known as NHL – The National Harmonica League in the UK           *Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996               *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, skilful, 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. I also heard Capo is worth a look.——————————————————————Join/subscribe/follow/friend my FB page to get notifications of live Facebook workshops.I have been teaching people to play the 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.  For the last few years, I have been the Chairman of HarmonicaUK – formerly known as 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 POLICYFirstly I need to make it clear I’m not doing this commercially – I’m not selling widgets; I’m a professional teacher trying to make a living teaching harmonica. This is not something you would do if you wanted to make a lot of money but I love doing it so I’ll carry on.If you think any copyright has been infringed please contact me immediately and I will take action.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 there was a fee for pointing students to an artist’s original music (e.g. on Youtube) I would not bother teaching that music so it would not get taught and promoted by me.If you are a copyright holder and feel I have used too much of your work please contact me and I will remove whatever you feel is inappropriate without question.You will find my contact details of most of my websites or just google if you want to talk to me.Ben Hewlett


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