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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
·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.