Learn Harmonica Today: How to Play Harmonica in Easy Online Lessons
The harmonica is one of the most iconic instruments often featured in blues musical styles. Although it’s a simple instrument, …
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The harmonica is one of the most iconic instruments often featured in blues musical styles. Although it’s a simple instrument, it’s often difficult for beginners to learn how to play without a guide.
Ben Hewlett has been a harmonica instructor for over 20 years and has been an Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher since 1993.
Let Ben guide you to success with the harmonica.
Our Promise to You
By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge to play the harmonica.
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About the Instructor:
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- Ben is the Chairman of the NHL – 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, 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.’
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 videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it’s helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing.
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 traveling 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 favor 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.
Section 1 - Beginners Level 1
Lecture 1 – Introduction
Lecture 2 – Making Sounds and Playing the Blues
Lecture 3 – Breathing, Tone and Chords
Lecture 4 – More Breathing Skills, Rhythmic Patterns
Lecture 5 – Origins of the Harmonica
Lecture 6 – Chords
Lecture 7 – Chugging
Lecture 8 – Blues Chugging
Lecture 9 – More Complex Chugging
Lecture 10 – Rhythms Straight or Swing
Lecture 11 – Ear Training
Lecture 12 – Vibrato, Tremolo, Warble, Head Roll and Playing with a Shaker
Lecture 13 – Decorating Your Music
Lecture 14 – Section Wrap Up
Section 2 - Beginners Level 2
Lecture 15 – Introduction
Lecture 16 – How to Play Single Notes
Lecture 17 – Scale of C on the 10hole
Lecture 18 – Tonguing Notes
Lecture 19 – Easy Note Box Patterns
Lecture 20 – Extending Box Patterns
Lecture 21 – New and Groovy Scale Exercises
Lecture 22 – Learning Tunes – Twinkle Twinkle
Lecture 23 – Learning the Bluesy D Dorian Scale
Lecture 25 – Learning Scarborough Fair
Lecture 24 – Learning E Minor
Lecture 26 – Learning When the Saints Go Marching In
Lecture 27 – Section Wrap Up
Section 3 - Beginners Level 3
Lecture 28 – Introduction
Lecture 29 – Learning Love Me Do
Lecture 30 – Learning The Can Can
Lecture 31 – Learning Yankee Doodle
Lecture 32 – Learning Amazing Grace
Lecture 33 – Learning Autumn Leaves
Lecture 34 – Learning Love Me Tender
Lecture 35 – First Three Positions
Lecture 36 – Overview of 12 Positions
Lecture 37 – Bending Hole 1
Lecture 38 – Bending Holes 4, 5 and 6
Lecture 39 – Bending Hole 2
Lecture 40 – Bending Hole 3
Lecture 41 – Wrapping Up
Section 4 - Beginners Level 4
Lecture 42 – Introduction
Lecture 43 – Improvising with C, G and F Major Pentatonic Scales
Lecture 44 – More on Major Pentatonics
Lecture 45 – Third Position D Minor
Lecture 46 – E Minor Pentatonic Scale
Lecture 47 – A and B Pentatonic
Lecture 48 – Converting Minor Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Dm to D Blues)
Lecture 49 – Converting Minor Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Em to E Blues)
Lecture 50 – Converting Major Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Gm to G Blues)
Lecture 51 – How to Start Constructing a Solo
Lecture 52 – How to Approach Going to a Jam Session
Lecture 53 – Roles for the Harmonica Player at a Session
Lecture 54 – Wrapping Up
Section 5 - Intermediate Level 1
Lecture 55 – Introduction
Lecture 56 – How to Hold Your Harmonica for Blues
Lecture 57 – Breathing, Tone and Chords
Lecture 58 – Meet ‘Fat Tone’
Lecture 59 – Exploring the Resonant Cavity Within
Lecture 60 – Embouchure, Aperture, Using the Tongue
Lecture 61 – More on Tongue Blocking
Lecture 62 – Figuring Out the Chords on your Harmonica
Lecture 63 – Chordal Tunes
Lecture 64 – 12 Bar Blues
Lecture 65 – Chugging the Blues Away
Lecture 66 – Sonny Terry Chugging
Lecture 67 – More Complex Chugging
Lecture 68 – Wrapping Up
Section 6 - Intermediate Level 2
Lecture 69 – Introduction
Lecture 70 – How the Harmonica Arrived and What is an Embouchure
Lecture 71 – Rhythms of the Trains
Lecture 72 – Decorating Your Sound Like a Pro
Lecture 73 – How to Get All 20 Single Notes
Lecture 74 – Bending Hole 1 and Learning the Doh Re Mi Scale
Lecture 75 – Cool Modal Moods
Lecture 76 – Bending Hole 4 and Clever Box Patterns
Lecture 77 – Bach Menuet Jazzed Up
Lecture 78 – Playing Silent Night with the Band Backing Track
Lecture 79 – Starting to Improvise with 5 Notes
Lecture 80 – Playing Blues with a Latino Groove
Lecture 81 – Bending Hole 6, Blues Impro
Lecture 82 – Wrapping Up
Section 7 - Intermediate Level 3
Lecture 83 – Introduction
Lecture 84 – How to Improvise in 7 Modal Keys without Bending Notes
Lecture 85 – How to Get Draw Bends on Holes 1, 4 and 6
Lecture 86 – How to Improvise in 7 Keys without Bending Notes using Pentatonic Scales Only
Lecture 87 – How to Draw Bends on Holes 2, 3 and 5
Lecture 88 – How to Get Blow Bends on Holes 7, 8, 9 and 10
Lecture 89 – Overview of Overblows and Overdraws
Lecture 90 – Tongue Blocking the Blues
Lecture 91 – How to do Sonny Boy Williamson Tongue Block STyle
Lecture 92 – How to do Tongue Block Split 3, 4 and 5s
Lecture 93 – How to do Tongue Switching and the Rolling Block
Lecture 94 – How to Use a Metronome and Tuner to Help Your Playing
Lecture 95 – How to Play Some More Sonny Terry Licks
Lecture 96 – Wrapping Up
Section 8 - Intermediate Level 4
Lecture 97 – Introduction
Lecture 98 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 1
Lecture 99 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 2
Lecture 100 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 3
Lecture 101 – Learning The Maids of Michelstown Part 1
Lecture 102 – Learning The Maids of Michelstown Part 2
Lecture 103 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 1
Lecture 104 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 2
Lecture 105 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 3
Lecture 106 – Learning Little Walter’s Juke Part 1
Lecture 107 – Learning Little Walter’s Juke Part 2
Lecture 108 – Learning Sonnyboy Williamson 2’s Don’t Start Me Talking
Lecture 109 – Learning Sonny Terry’s Sitting On Top Of The World
Lecture 110 – Final Course Wrap Up