The easy way to bend notes on HARMONICA - yes you can do it!
This course will cover draw bending on holes 1,2,3,4,5, and 6 only but prepares the way for all the other bends which will follow in another course - the subject matter was too big for a short course like this.
Please practice every bend on every harmonica you have as I show you using another instrument or tone generator (and/or a tuning app) to get the bends right.
THEN you can start playing tunes. Start with the major scale from hole 1 and then some simple tunes that start on hole 1.
I will also make a course with a bunch of tunes specifically for practicing the bending.
Bending notes is a design fault of the harmonica - it was not planned by the originators.
When it was 'discovered' people couldn't get enough. A bit like when you 'discover' how to wheelie on your new bike!
It's now know as one of the main characteristics of the diatonic and we all love doing it.
But it's tricky and I have been teaching it for 20 years and trying to figure it out for 30.
I want to share that with you now.
If you have a tune or subject that you would like me to teach please message me.
Take this course and play the tune instantly. No musical experience needed.
You will pick it up straight away without needing any music skills. This is easy to play and really fun to learn. You will be proud of your achievements and happy with the results.
What are the requirements?
- You need nothing for this course - just a harmonica - 10 hole diatonic in the key of C or G or more
What am I going to get from this course?
- you will be able to play the harmonica much better!
- you will be able to bend on holes 1-6 with practise
- you will be able to play loads of music you couldn't before
- you will have great fun learning a new skill
- you will be very pleased to see your progress
- you will crack 'note bending' (hopefully!)
What is the target audience?
- Anyone who wants to play the harmonica better and to work on their note bending
'INSTANT HARMONICA' is a new series of courses where you learn one tune per course. You will find it is taught in a friendly and encouraging manner and most importantly is it taught v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.
Ben Hewlett is a very experienced music teacher who is able to be very patient and methodical. Each lecture will introduce you to the next group of notes – usually just 4 new notes and that's it.
This method is very easy for you to pick up the tunes as they are repeated over and over again until you have got it. You can even re-run the video if you find it useful.
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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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.