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Each course is steered towards a specific level of player.

What level are you? Always tricky to answer. I don’t like to put people in boxes so this is just a rough guide and will steer you towards the right courses. Having said that, each course starts out nice and easy and gradually introduces you to progressive challenges as you increase your capacity to learn.

I have been teaching live groups of harmonica students for over 20 years and try to make the video courses feel as ‘live’ as possible - they feel live to me when I'm teaching to the camera! I am expecting you to progress as we go along.

You will see them in the cover pictures and can search by going to:

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Beginners are deemed to be people who have ever played before or not played much. You will be expected to ‘have a go’ at playing single notes and chords but you don’t need to perfect it - just try. You will get some challenges but you will overcome them!

Intermediates are deemed to be people who have been playing a while.

People who:

  • Can play single notes most of the time
  • Have started bending some notes
  • Know something about the chords
  • Have some musical knowledge
  • May know about tongue blocking
  • Hiding in the corners at jam sessions not joining in much

Intermediates Plus is everything written above plus...

You are:

  • Pretty good on single notes and most bending
  • Can pucker, tongue-block and U-block
  • Knowledgeable about 12 bar blues structure
  • Independent rhythm makers
  • Independent tune players
  • Knowledgeable about and can play in different styles
  • Knowledgeable about and can play in the styles of different harmonica players
  • Maybe starting to teach harmonica
  • Good at improvising in many styles of music
  • Knowledgeable in the workings and engineering of the instrument
  • Often attending harmonica events and jams
  • Comfortable performing in public

Which order should you take these courses?

All new players should go through the BEGINNERS courses first before progressing to INTERMEDIATE level and finally INTERMEDIATE PLUS.

Here is the initial recommended order of courses:

  1. 30-day challenge
  2. Dummies - some of this doubles up with the first course but gives you a different slant
  3. Zero to hero in 7 days - another slant on the basics, the thread is similar but filmed fresh
  4. How to practice
  5. Train sounds
  6. Tone masterclass
  7. Blues level 1 (Learn to play blues with a band)
  8. Blues level 2 (Blues basslines)
  9. Love me do
  10. How to hack your harmonica
  11. Impro from scratch
  12. Harmonica hooks and hits
  13. Note-bending basics
  14. Tunes - learn 11 great tunes
  15. Basic 12 bar blues
  16. 19 Sonny Terry licks
  17. Blues chromatic (no Chrom? We can send you one)
  18. One harp, 2 tunes, 3 positions
  19. Songs from the British Isles
  20. Yesterday
  21. Blues 12 bar bassline
  22. Note-bending advanced
  23. Fresh simple blues
  24. Blues licks 101 new riffs
  25. Sugar Mama - Sonnyboy 1
  26. Spokey Dokey
  27. Tongue-blocking
  28. Fox Chase - Deford Bailey, Henry Witter
  29. Minor tune, major harmonica
  30. Just play
  31. Country music
  32. Tramp groove
  33. Easy - Big Walter
  34. Hallelujah
  35. Trouble in Mind
  36. Seven showstopping tricks
  37. Turbocharge your harmonica
  38. Twenty awesomely different ways
  39. All my love in vain - Sonnyboy 2
  40. Reggae harmonica
  41. Seven tips on improvising
  42. Nine smart ways to play with a band
  43. My Babe - Little Walter
  44. Music workout
  45. Seven amazing skills
  46. 1st position
  47. 2nd position
  48. 3rd position
  49. Whammer Jammer
  50. Orange Blossom Special
  51. Bluegrass skills
  52. Learning Lost John

Welcome to PlayHarmonica.co.uk

Whether you’re a beginner starting out on the journey, an improver, or someone looking to expand on their repertoire, PlayHarmonica.co.uk has something for you