About This Course
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.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied for any reason, simply contact us and we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked.
Get started today and develop the skill of playing the Harmonica!
About the Instructor:
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!
- 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||00:00:00|
|Lecture 2 – Making Sounds and Playing the Blues||00:00:00|
|Lecture 3 – Breathing, Tone and Chords||00:00:00|
|Lecture 4 – More Breathing Skills, Rhythmic Patterns||00:00:00|
|Lecture 5 – Origins of the Harmonica||00:00:00|
|Lecture 6 – Chords||00:00:00|
|Lecture 7 – Chugging||00:00:00|
|Lecture 8 – Blues Chugging||00:00:00|
|Lecture 9 – More Complex Chugging||00:00:00|
|Lecture 10 – Rhythms Straight or Swing||00:00:00|
|Lecture 11 – Ear Training||00:00:00|
|Lecture 12 – Vibrato, Tremolo, Warble, Head Roll and Playing with a Shaker||00:00:00|
|Lecture 13 – Decorating Your Music||00:00:00|
|Lecture 14 – Section Wrap Up||00:00:00|
|Section 2 - Beginners Level 2|
|Lecture 15 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 16 – How to Play Single Notes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 17 – Scale of C on the 10hole||00:00:00|
|Lecture 18 – Tonguing Notes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 19 – Easy Note Box Patterns||00:00:00|
|Lecture 20 – Extending Box Patterns||00:00:00|
|Lecture 21 – New and Groovy Scale Exercises||00:00:00|
|Lecture 22 – Learning Tunes – Twinkle Twinkle||00:00:00|
|Lecture 23 – Learning the Bluesy D Dorian Scale||00:00:00|
|Lecture 25 – Learning Scarborough Fair||00:00:00|
|Lecture 24 – Learning E Minor||00:00:00|
|Lecture 26 – Learning When the Saints Go Marching In||00:00:00|
|Lecture 27 – Section Wrap Up||00:00:00|
|Section 3 - Beginners Level 3|
|Lecture 28 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 29 – Learning Love Me Do||00:00:00|
|Lecture 30 – Learning The Can Can||00:00:00|
|Lecture 31 – Learning Yankee Doodle||00:00:00|
|Lecture 32 – Learning Amazing Grace||00:00:00|
|Lecture 33 – Learning Autumn Leaves||00:00:00|
|Lecture 34 – Learning Love Me Tender||00:00:00|
|Lecture 35 – First Three Positions||00:00:00|
|Lecture 36 – Overview of 12 Positions||00:00:00|
|Lecture 37 – Bending Hole 1||00:00:00|
|Lecture 38 – Bending Holes 4, 5 and 6||00:00:00|
|Lecture 39 – Bending Hole 2||00:00:00|
|Lecture 40 – Bending Hole 3||00:00:00|
|Lecture 41 – Wrapping Up||00:00:00|
|Section 4 - Beginners Level 4|
|Lecture 42 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 43 – Improvising with C, G and F Major Pentatonic Scales||00:00:00|
|Lecture 44 – More on Major Pentatonics||00:00:00|
|Lecture 45 – Third Position D Minor||00:00:00|
|Lecture 46 – E Minor Pentatonic Scale||00:00:00|
|Lecture 47 – A and B Pentatonic||00:00:00|
|Lecture 48 – Converting Minor Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Dm to D Blues)||00:00:00|
|Lecture 49 – Converting Minor Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Em to E Blues)||00:00:00|
|Lecture 50 – Converting Major Pentatonic Scales into Blues Scales (Gm to G Blues)||00:00:00|
|Lecture 51 – How to Start Constructing a Solo||00:00:00|
|Lecture 52 – How to Approach Going to a Jam Session||00:00:00|
|Lecture 53 – Roles for the Harmonica Player at a Session||00:00:00|
|Lecture 54 – Wrapping Up||00:00:00|
|Section 5 - Intermediate Level 1|
|Lecture 55 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 56 – How to Hold Your Harmonica for Blues||00:00:00|
|Lecture 57 – Breathing, Tone and Chords||00:00:00|
|Lecture 58 – Meet ‘Fat Tone’||00:00:00|
|Lecture 59 – Exploring the Resonant Cavity Within||00:00:00|
|Lecture 60 – Embouchure, Aperture, Using the Tongue||00:00:00|
|Lecture 61 – More on Tongue Blocking||00:00:00|
|Lecture 62 – Figuring Out the Chords on your Harmonica||00:00:00|
|Lecture 63 – Chordal Tunes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 64 – 12 Bar Blues||00:00:00|
|Lecture 65 – Chugging the Blues Away||00:00:00|
|Lecture 66 – Sonny Terry Chugging||00:00:00|
|Lecture 67 – More Complex Chugging||00:00:00|
|Lecture 68 – Wrapping Up||00:00:00|
|Section 6 - Intermediate Level 2|
|Lecture 69 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 70 – How the Harmonica Arrived and What is an Embouchure||00:00:00|
|Lecture 71 – Rhythms of the Trains||00:00:00|
|Lecture 72 – Decorating Your Sound Like a Pro||00:00:00|
|Lecture 73 – How to Get All 20 Single Notes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 74 – Bending Hole 1 and Learning the Doh Re Mi Scale||00:00:00|
|Lecture 75 – Cool Modal Moods||00:00:00|
|Lecture 76 – Bending Hole 4 and Clever Box Patterns||00:00:00|
|Lecture 77 – Bach Menuet Jazzed Up||00:00:00|
|Lecture 78 – Playing Silent Night with the Band Backing Track||00:00:00|
|Lecture 79 – Starting to Improvise with 5 Notes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 80 – Playing Blues with a Latino Groove||00:00:00|
|Lecture 81 – Bending Hole 6, Blues Impro||00:00:00|
|Lecture 82 – Wrapping Up||00:00:00|
|Section 7 - Intermediate Level 3|
|Lecture 83 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 84 – How to Improvise in 7 Modal Keys without Bending Notes||00:00:00|
|Lecture 85 – How to Get Draw Bends on Holes 1, 4 and 6||00:00:00|
|Lecture 86 – How to Improvise in 7 Keys without Bending Notes using Pentatonic Scales Only||00:00:00|
|Lecture 87 – How to Draw Bends on Holes 2, 3 and 5||00:00:00|
|Lecture 88 – How to Get Blow Bends on Holes 7, 8, 9 and 10||00:00:00|
|Lecture 89 – Overview of Overblows and Overdraws||00:00:00|
|Lecture 90 – Tongue Blocking the Blues||00:00:00|
|Lecture 91 – How to do Sonny Boy Williamson Tongue Block STyle||00:00:00|
|Lecture 92 – How to do Tongue Block Split 3, 4 and 5s||00:00:00|
|Lecture 93 – How to do Tongue Switching and the Rolling Block||00:00:00|
|Lecture 94 – How to Use a Metronome and Tuner to Help Your Playing||00:00:00|
|Lecture 95 – How to Play Some More Sonny Terry Licks||00:00:00|
|Lecture 96 – Wrapping Up||00:00:00|
|Section 8 - Intermediate Level 4|
|Lecture 97 – Introduction||00:00:00|
|Lecture 98 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 1||00:00:00|
|Lecture 99 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 2||00:00:00|
|Lecture 100 – Learning Fireball Mail Part 3||00:00:00|
|Lecture 101 – Learning The Maids of Michelstown Part 1||00:00:00|
|Lecture 102 – Learning The Maids of Michelstown Part 2||00:00:00|
|Lecture 103 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 1||00:00:00|
|Lecture 104 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 2||00:00:00|
|Lecture 105 – Learning The Red Haired Boy Part 3||00:00:00|
|Lecture 106 – Learning Little Walter’s Juke Part 1||00:00:00|
|Lecture 107 – Learning Little Walter’s Juke Part 2||00:00:00|
|Lecture 108 – Learning Sonnyboy Williamson 2’s Don’t Start Me Talking||00:00:00|
|Lecture 109 – Learning Sonny Terry’s Sitting On Top Of The World||00:00:00|
|Lecture 110 – Final Course Wrap Up||00:00:00|