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:

Ben Hewlett

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.

Course Curriculum

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

Course Reviews

4.4

4.4
7 ratings
  1. Harmonica

    5

    A fun way to learn how to play the harmonica. The instructor is great and the sessions are well planned out. I am enjoying every session as I go through them. Highly recommended.

  2. Awesome

    5

    I’m only a few lessons in and i’m having a great time with this course! I wish Ben was closer to me so i could take some lessons in person with him. I’d recommend these lessons to anyone…. I’ve been playing the piano since ii was a child, mostly classical, and have been trained from people with masters from top universities in the US. It’s hard to find a good teacher, no matter what their background. I can tell Ben understands what his students need to hear whether they are a beginner or an advanced player. This is someone who can teach you something no matter how much experience you have. Thank you.

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