Music workout practice for all instrumental tune players, quick, easy & fun!
I play a phrase, you copy. No dots! Progressive challenge for harmonica players, brass, woodwind, guitar, strings, voiceWatch Promo to get a sneaky peek!
This works for all melodic instruments including voice.
This is a musical workout, building your music muscles - like training at the musical gym.
Ear training is essential. We all want to get our playing as fluid as whistling don't we?
Recently I've been teaching call and response workshops based on ancient and modern African farmers and their field songs.
These work songs and field hollers were, and are, a way of coping with hard physical work.
Now they are embedded in many musical traditions and we are going to use this concept to increase the fluidity of our playing.
I will play a short simple phrase over one or (mostly) two bars and you copy.
I'll repeat the phrase until I imagine you have got it.
If you find the early stages too easy either play
- a harmony with the same rhythm
- a phrase opposite to what I'm playing - an answer to my question
- something which mirrors and opposes the dynamics
- an octave above or below
If it's all too easy play through a few times, give it a great review and get yourself a refund!
But please let me know if this is too easy, about right or too hard.
I'm using 'iRealPro' in this course and all the backing tracks are freely available.
If you have any objections please let me know and I will deal with it.
Ben Hewlett is a very experienced music teacher who is able to be very patient and methodical.
Take one course and learn your favourite tune. The try another. Remember you can always get your money back if you wish but otherwise you have lifetime access to the course.
Imagine how amazing it will feel when you whip out your harmonica and play this tune – your friends and family will carry you shoulder high in triumph. Hopefully they don't carry you out of town and dump you in the river, but hey, swimming's good as well.
The health benefits of playing the harmonica are well documented – google it. Your lungs get exercised, your lung capacity increases, aerobic movement is good for you, playing music makes you smarter they say.
You will have fun on your own and with your friends, and more oxygen to the brain will make you think you are having a good time so it's all good.
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Any recordings used in my courses represent less than 5% of the entire work and are already in the public domain on YouTube.
Any written transcriptions are written by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.
Any audio backing tracks are written and recorded by me or my team to promote the work and the artist and to facilitate students who want to learn more about their music.
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 44,000 on-line harmonica students with 59,000 courses purchased and has nearly 5 thousand Youtube subscribers showing nearly 2 million views. They can't all be wrong!
Ben is the Vice-President 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.