This course will enable you to develop your Sonny Terry style of playing. And it's really FUN!
Studying Sonny is a big challenge and this will be a great start if you want to learn more about his style, or will further increase your skills if you have tried this before.
Sonny was the master of rhythmic chugging and since these are two mainstays of the harmonica you will definitely benefit from this course and this type of study.
To create these riffs I studied the following original Sonny Terry recordings - Fox Chase, Airplane Blues, Raincrow Bill, Crow Jane, and Mean Old Frisco. So if you listen to those tracks you will hear many of the ideas in this course.
What I have done for you is taken Sonny's original tracks and modified them to make it simpler to play and to write down, notate and tab out for you.
These are not exact copies - just 'inspired by' Sonny's playing. I have quantised his playing to help you learn and made backing tracks that are more contemporary so they sound better to your ears.
Each riff is explained by me and then you get it at three different speeds and also with written notation and harmonica tablature.
The material brought to life in this course comes from a book I co-wrote with Paul Lennon called Sonny Terry 3 and it is available from www.HarmonicaWorld.net if you want a copy. You don't need it for this course but you might want to extend your learning.
The first half of this course is on a C harp and the second half uses an A and a G harp. I recommend using Transcribe! if you want to change the key (and/or speed) of an mp3 if you do not have an A or G harp. You can change the key of the backing track to make it work on your C harp.
Use your A harp on ST3 63 Playalong in E-Johnny in Winter or use a C harp and raise the pitch +3# (half steps/semitones)
Use your G harp on ST3 62 Playalong in D-Mindlessly Simple or use a C harp and raise the pitch +5# (half steps/semitones)
Ben Hewlett is passionate about teaching people like you how to play the harmonica really well.
He works hard using his teaching skills to figure out how he can help you get better as a player, understand more, have more fun, and he hopes you will enjoy sharing his love of the harmonica and music in general.
He has attracted 30,000 on-line harmonica students with 46,000 courses purchased and has nearly 5 thousand Youtube subscribers showing nearly 2 million views. They can't all be wrong!
Ben is the Chairman of HarmonicaUK - the community for UK harmonica players
He has been a full time Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1995
Ben is a qualified harmonica teacher and was awarded the Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher Certificate in 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, HarmonicaUK and the International Harmonica Organisation)
Ben is a qualified music workshop leader and was awarded the Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995
Ben is a qualified music teacher and was awarded the Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2002 (CTABRSM)
He is lousy at speelling - getting worse actually, so do tell us if you see a typo pleese.
StartPractise Track for C harp
StartRiff 1 melodic lick (4:02)
StartRiff 2 chordal lick (2:20)
StartRiff 3 rhythmic lick (2:12)
StartRiff 4 opening lick (2:10)
StartRiff 5 Q&A (2:16)
StartRiff 6 slow bend up (2:48)
StartRiff 7 glissando (2:58)
StartRiff 8 intro triplets (3:07)
PreviewRiff 9 stop the pigeon (3:13)
StartRiff 10 doodle oodle ooh (2:39)