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Simple easy Harmonica tuition for tone-deaf musical newbies!

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14 Lessons (1h 25m)
    • 1. Dummies1 Promo

    • 2. Dummies2 intro

    • 3. Dummies3 holding

    • 4. Dummies4 chords

    • 5. Dummies5 hahahoohoo

    • 6. Dummies6 trains

    • 7. Dummies7 chugging

    • 8. Dummies8 blues

    • 9. Dummies9 chowder

    • 10. Dummies10 single notes

    • 11. Dummies11 LMD

    • 12. Dummies12 scale of C

    • 13. Dummies13 Saints

    • 14. Dummies14 TB

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About This Class

Easy Harmonica basics for non-musicians: how to play the Harmonica in 13 easy lectures. You can do it - yes - even YOU!‎

If you can already play harmonica this is not for you; this is for complete newbies. 

If you feel like a tone-deaf musically hopeless dummy, this is for you.

This course will show you that, in fact, this is not true. You will be able to do 90% of what you learn here almost immediately.

You will find it fun, easy, and gradually you will prove to yourself that actually you are capable of playing music.

This course will introduce you to playing harmonica. It's not super in-depth and you won't have to study music as such. You won't even realise you are playing music until it's too late and you are already doing it!

You will learn which instrument to buy, how to hold the thing, how to make it sound good, how to breathe better, how to play along with some easy blues tunes and how to actually play several tunes like the Hoochie Coochie, Love Me Do, When the Saints.

By taking this course you will gain enough skills on harmonica to actually play with a band if you wish!

But most of all the purpose of this course is all about you - it's to give you loads of fun and to boost your self esteem so that you become a NON tone-deaf musically hopeless dummy.

If you can breathe you can play the harmonica.


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Ben Hewlett

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1. Dummies1 Promo: Hi there. Welcome to the course. Thank you for stepping in and having a look at how Moniker for dummies. Musically hopeless. Is that you? Are you really musically hopeless? Well, you might think you are you a complete newbie, are you? No idea about music. Never played the harmonica before. This course is for you. If you already played before, this is probably not for you. I mean, it will be fun and it's not expensive, so you might enjoy it, but it's really designed for people who feel like they can't handle music. They don't know anything about music. It's music is a nightmare. This is for you because I'm gonna take it all apart, and I'm gonna show you how to play the harmonica without getting into the music theory side of it is just going to be easy peasy, lemon squeezy. All you need is a harmonica in the key of C a diatonic with 10 holes and I'm gonna talk you through it right from the beginning. I'm gonna show you how to hold it, how to breathe, how to play the very basic things that easy, simple things you will absolutely be able to do a guarantee you'll be able to do it is going to be such fun and simple. And pretty soon you'll realize you are not so much of a dummy is you have been told by lazy teachers who told you you were tone deaf, Terrible. You're not tone deaf. If you can hear me now, you're not tone deaf. So come on in. Have a look at this course. There's lots of video, most of its on video. There'll be a little bit of back up support with playing along play along tracks. But I'm gonna give you lots of information about where you confined things on YouTube, which I can't give you for copyright reasons you bear to play along with the Beatles, you'll be out of play along with some blues stuff with Muddy Waters. Hoochie coochie man all kind of things you'll be able to do by taking this course. I think this is gonna be great for you. This will put you on the map with playing a musical instrument. This is the easiest instrument to pick up. Really, you're not gonna find this a problem. It'll if you can breathe. You can play the harmonica. If you can't breathe, it's not for you. Okay, See you inside. Bye. For now 2. Dummies2 intro: Hi there. This is harmonica for dummies, for the musically hopeless. It's a tragic thing, isn't it? Is that you? Have you bean told? Or are you convinced that your musically hopeless tone deaf completely useless? That music? Well, I'm here to tell you that in fact, country toe popular opinion, you're not useless. You're not hopeless. You're not a dummy. You can do this. This is probably the easiest instrument in the world to play. And you can do that. Even you even you can do this. I'm going that low. Well, you're gonna need is a harmonica like this 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. And if you can breathe, you can play the harmonica. Can he breathe? You just open your mouth. Your shove it in and you breathe. I mean, how hard is it going to be? You don't even need hands, Theo. That's we're going to start just by opening amounts, shoving it in and breathing in and out. Can you breathe in and out? You've been doing it all your life. So if the answer is yes to that, you can play the harmonica and I will show you how to do it. This is going to be a basic introductory course on how to play the harmonica from the point of view of knowing nothing about music. If you already are a musician, what can already play the harmonica? This is not the one for you. I've got loads, Of course, is you can just google Ben, Hewlett Time Monica, and you'll see thousands of courses were not thousands but hundreds. So find the one. That's right, he or give me shout on. But I'll tell you which one I think would suit. So please get yourself a 10 hole diatonic in the key of C. It's got 10 holes it'll have see written on it, or perhaps on the on the side There may be. And if you can see that, not sure that's glinting in the sunlight Enough for you. They do come in other keys. That's different. Makes is well, that's an East top in A. This last one was a having a marine band. All of those I would recommend this is another. This is a home across over, which is probably the best out of the box German harmonica. This is a bona deluxe marine Band Deluxe. They're all good. Doesn't really matter which one you get. You tend to get what you pay for, so you could start with the cheap one like an east top or a con Shing. When the Chinese ones getting really good now so you'll pay about £20.15 dollars, that sort of thing for a good standard East top like the T double. Okay, that one is cooled. Those are those are pretty good. You can get those from Sonny Boy's Music store dot co dot UK, but really anything will do a big hole in a big river. That's another one. So just get itself a harmonica and let's start playing. Come back to me when you've got one or not until then. Okay, see you, then. You can do this. 3. Dummies3 holding: Okay, right. Let's grab our harmonica on. Duh. Which way up? I know you're musically hopeless. So which way up is it going to go? Is the obvious to you? I don't know. It's obvious to me. Can you see numbers on the top? That's the right way up. The numbers should be number one on the left hand side, number 10 on the right hand side as you look at it, and that's the right way up. You can play the other way. Doesn't really matter, but I think it's more sensible to start playing it that way. So there's your 10 hole diatonic harmonica. You've got clean teeth. Have you brushed? Your teeth is always best to brush your teeth before you play. You don't want bits of junk going in there. It really doesn't help the instrument at all. So clean mouth don't borrow somebody else's. Don't lend yours to anybody else. Onda Um, how would he hold it? Well, if you've got two arms, that's a bonus. You hold it in the hand. You don't write with you. Hold it in the hand you don't write with. You can hold it however you want. Really? I've seen a lot of people holding it like that with a big gap here. The sort of standard way it was always taught was like that. That's all right. It does put a bit of a strain on the A wrist here, so I think I tend to prefer toe. Hold it more like that. What do you just try different ways of holding and see what suits you. Anything you do you want to do is to make sure you leave quite a lot of this part, sticking out proud. Why your fingers are because this is what's going to go into your mouth. All of this law. If that's your lips, that's going to go on there. Can you see what I mean? So you want to be able to shove it in? Let me turn sideways. I will show you. Can you see how far it goes in quite a long way? More than you might have thought. It's just well, it's not that it's open, open wide and shove it in. Open your teeth up in your mouth, up in your jaw. Almost the same thing. Is that Okay? Well, anyway, open, Open wide. Shove it in and you end up with these fingers and this thumb banging on your face without hands, so don't worry too much about how you hold it. You will find your own way. The other hand, when you write with, comes around the back somewhere, and that's used to open and close. So ideally, you're looking for a really nice seal between the two hands, and this is something you can work on. You won't find it straight away. Good. That perfect seal. Nobody with a matchstick could get in there except here. No, I don't mind about that bit. It's the It's the air coming out. I want to try and funnel all of my effort, all my air, all of my breath into the harmonica, because you really you really play the harmonica by breathing through it by breathing out and breathing in through the harmonica so it becomes a very personal instrument and very expressive. It's the only instrument I can think of, apart from the exact relatives of the harmonica, which you need to breathe in actively to play a note. So if you can breathe in, this is gonna be very beneficial for you. So Let's just try it. Hold it however you want to. Some people hold it like that. That's OK. This is better. Connecting the whole structure to your face is even better. You can see I'm touching my face with it. I'm actually touching my hands to my face. That's that. That's one of the secrets of harmonica playing. Nobody will tell you that except me. I'm here to tell you the truth. I don't care. I'll tell you the truth. So that's what you need to practice. First of all, just holding it, breathing in and out gently. I'll go into breathing a little bit later and start to move your hands slowly or fast. It's up to you, which holds a my playing. You probably asking. Well, you can see you can guess what chills I'm playing. Guess on. You might be able to hear my playing loads and loads of notes. No, I'm not playing one single note. Ah, in somewhere in between, one single note on loads of notes tells one together. So I've got my mouth sort of wide open. Not so. Why not? Like one of those but one of those. So I'm covering two holes. The 1st 2 holes doesn't really matter. But that's what I'm gonna suggest you do. Practice just breathing in and out, gently relaxed. There's your practice. Get to work, come back and see me a bit later, or tomorrow or something and just spent hours doing this. This is just easy fun, but it's really good for you. It's really good to learn how the harmonica works by doing the simplest possible things. Things for dummies. Okay, see you later. 4. Dummies4 chords: So now you're playing the harmonic. I told you you could do it. You see, you didn't listen to me. I knew you could do. I have every faith, so we learned how to hold it. We've learned that connecting it to your face gets a bit of sound. It's a couple of other things were getting better sound as well, I've told you. Pushing it further into the mouth is good. That's because it gets a better sound. Listen to the difference. You try it and see if you find a difference, I find is a big difference. Also inside your mouth. Can you make it? Sort of. You know, when you being a potato and it's too hot, you go grow cold pool hall or write that kind of big inside. And then if you can play with hot air that opens this pipe so that will make you sound better. And the way you sit or stand or have your shoulders, your posture will make a difference to how you sound. So just work on good posture and then breathing from deep down in your body is a really good thing to do. Can you just right Now just stick your fingers in your belly button and just give a little cough. Just a little cough. I will just say, Huh? Panting like a dog. Can you feel that's kicking on your fingers? Should be. If you're alive, it will do now. Do a very slow version, then breathe in. Fingers are right in the belly. Now breathe out. So can you feel what's happening? You can sort of control this and kind of make it go the wrong way if you like, but think of yourself as a balloon. When you breathe in, you expand your feeling full of air. When you breathe out, you're shrinking down, so as you play the harmonica expand, fill up, get fat. That's me breathing in, and I'm trying to do it from the belly. So one way you can practice this is light on the lie on the ground. Lie flat on your back. Do nothing and just watch what happens and you'll find. Put your hands on your belly. You'll find as you breathe in your hands. Lift as you expand as you breathe out your hands full As you exhale and you shrink, you lose the size and then just have you harmonica nearby Theo trying to breathe in from the belly. I'm not trying to make this move. Maybe it looks like it in the camera, but I'm tryingto from the belly, and then you just relax, let the air out and when we play three notes at the same time, holds 12 and three together. See, math is a little wider this time, and you've got holds 12 and three playing at the same time, or any combination of three holes. You're playing what's musically known as a cord. Who? Musical theory. Sorry, it's just called a cord. It's three notes play at the same time. Could be any three nights. Doesn't matter moment. So you're playing a chord. It happens to be the cord off. See, it's known as the court of C. Let's not worry about why that is for the moment, but that's what you're doing. So you lie on your back. Have you harmonica ready? Play a quart of C as you breathe in. You get the court off G G for guerrilla. Don't worry about why that is at the moment. Just trust me. I'm your friend. It's the court of G. So we play. See court, breathing out and G quarters. You breathe in in the same holes. Holes 12 and three. You're probably thinking, Why does it make different sounds when you breathe out when you breathe in? Well, you can easily understand that if you just unscrew the cover plates and you can do this quite comfortably with any harmonica, it will not collapse and fall apart. Break. You can do it. When you do that, you will see. But this can you see this sort of problems? E colored thing here The square when that's called a a read plate and you will see when you take that off that'll the reeds facing this way on the top, they have a rivet here, and then they sit on top of a whole a slot, and they vibrate. So when you blow, they vibrate in that direction and they're all just little brass springs, and they attuned to spring to play to vibrate at a particular key and note particular note on the reverse side when you breathe. In this read plate, the drawer replayed Drummond's breathe in the drawer read plate. This has reeds which are facing towards you there, riveted at this end on their free at this end. So when you breathe in these ones underneath they sound, they will make a noise, and these ones will tend to just close. So these ones will open when you breathe in and you'll get the note coming from here from the drawer side, the comb in the middle or the body of the harmonica just serves to separate the drawer plate from the blow plate, and these spits on top. I just called the cover plates because they just stop the reeds being, you know, damaged or something you can probably see. Not sure how the focus will be for you on that. Can you see inside the raids Sit in the they're all inside. You don't need to take a department. If you're interested to see how it works, then do it. So you breathing out any breathing in and that's it. Practice that when you've practiced it. Not immediately when you practiced it. Come back. Come back to me for the next lecture. Okay? Seeing a bit 5. Dummies5 hahahoohoo: Okay. Welcome back. Well done. How you doing? Are you Are you all right? You still musically hopeless? Or are you now realizing that you are in fact playing music? It's simple music, but you're playing chords now. We're going to start playing rhythms. Music is made of chords, rhythms, melodies, tunes. Many different things are that so we're already doing part of it. The most important thing in music people would generally say, is the rhythm. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, if you can't dance to If you can't tap your foot to it, then it's probably an Irish air or something beautiful like that. But most music is not like that. Most music has a rhythm beat as a kick to it. You want to be ableto you know. So let's start with some basic rhythms showing this is gonna be very, very easy. You will easily do this. I guarantee it. You can definitely do this. Here's what it's gonna sound like. Just watch for a moment. That's it. Easy, hard. Of course it's easy. What do you think I'm actually doing here is not rocket science? I'm going Har har breathing out on who? Who breathing in but whispering. So it's and then what I'll do. Once I've got the hang of that is, I'll challenge myself on the speed and the stamina. How long I could do it for Theo, still using holds one and two, still breathing gently, still breathing normally, still relaxed. And as I do this Har Har Who business? I'm still trying to think about those six things about tone that I told you, shoving it further into my mouth, trying to make this cavernous like the hot potato, trying to breathe with hot air to open up. This trying to think about my posture to get the best sound, trying to think about breathing from the belly. You put your hands on your belly and do this harm. Who just without the harmonica? It Right now it's basically one breath out, sort of interrupted on one breath in, sort of interrupted. So it's one breath out, one breath in. This is really not difficult. That was one breath out right with me. Here we go on and and then the in breath. Ready? Go! How is that easy? Yes, of course. Strung together Now How's that? Easy? Yes, Ben, that was easy. I hear you say try again. You want to pull us here and do a few of those yourself has tried doing a few of those. Ready. Go way. How's that? Easy enough. You want a challenge? Can you speed up a bit? How long can you do this for? One minute. Two minutes? Five hours. If you do this every day, you'll become a good harmonica player. This is just this one simple exercise. Just this you could become really good through just doing this as a starting point Thebe, where the teacher shows off. That's very about that. Well, I got to show you some horizon seven. I can't just be playing basic stuff all the time cause I'm a fantastic play. I'm amazing. So you want to hear a little bit of that? Don't you way. And if I did it on a lower key harmonica just to give you an idea, this is the A. It's a Harper. You hear a different sound, Theo. A train doesn't steam train. Remember Theo way Theo for a cup of tea? First work. Well, Do you reckon you can have a goat that practicing that on your C harmonica. Just nice and steady. Har har who and then in the next lecture will get into some more of those train sounds. The things I was just hinting at there, I'll show you a few groovy things that you can do very, very easy. All this stuff is really easy, provided you keep it slow, and then you just challenge yourself on. Can I go a little bit faster? Just a little bit faster, Or can I play it for a little bit longer? Another 30 seconds or something? So you challenge yourself, go at your speed, and you challenge yourself, and you can do this. Well, you're doing it already, so you're you're no longer musically hopeless. Anybody who says you're musically hopeless, you can bust him right in the throat. That's not true anymore, okay? No violence, but you know what I mean? Okay, is in a bit 6. Dummies6 trains: Hi there. Welcome back. Congratulations. You're doing really well. You getting on with this nicely? Most people don't make it as far as this in the course. But you did so well done. Train sounds Now it's a common thing for the harmonica to be used. It's the smallest instrument in the world, and it's trying to mimic the biggest machine in the world. Bizarre is no even looks a bit like a train if you line them all up. I know. Maybe I'm a little bit obsessed with that. If you look back, historically, you find the old guys. When they first started playing the harmonica back in the 18 hundreds and 19 hundreds, they were obsessed with trains. You confined recordings off from 1923 of these amazing train players. Really incredible. So we're gonna start with very basic stuff. So we did the Har Har Who? Let's do the train whistle. So now we're gonna look for holes four and five is in the middle of the harmonica right there. House four or five. We're gonna breathe in on four and five together. We want both notes to play both holes to play. Sound like a lonesome whistle of the train, the old steam trains And I'm sort of going with the mouth. Wow. Oh, it's like a ventriloquist, isn't it? You gotta keep your lips on the harmonica theme. You can do it on three and four as well. Theo. Wow! Wow! Wow. Breathing in all of this train sound stuff is breathing in the train whistle thing, and you can use your hands to accentuate it. Wow, it's not going. Wow, why Just try that with your hand on the mouth one. Wow. Maybe they think you've gone bonkers, but it's probably too late for that anyway. Wow. Want while? So there's your train whistle and there's many off those many of those this just don't that one way and it kind of serves as arrest for May I find one? I'm playing the train sounds I want to take a break from X is quite hard work. So the plane that train whistle is a nice little break from that. Try your home. Who, Theo. You can also put some steam in the everyone way . E o. All of this nonsense I'm doing here will come out through the harmonica and you could make it sound further away. You could imagine you could tell a story with this. You could imagine the train going further away by plane quieter. Or you could have it going through a tunnel, perhaps. Oh, so you can close the volume with the hand or just by breathing more quietly, Theo Harder to do it that way. So it's nice to use the hand. It looks good, and people will be amazed by how good you've become on the harmonica and just five lectures or six lectures. Something on that. People will be amazed how musical you are now. It's true. Find out, asked them. Turned to look at this. You know what you can do. All right, so practice those train sounds on those train whistles. And in the next lecture we'll do a little bit more trained sounds, and we'll sort of get into some of them or bluesy type things as well. Okay, practice that come back when you're already not immediately do some practice First, playing any musical instrument requires quite a lot of activity. A little bit every day is generally, I was told by my trumpet teacher when I started playing trumpet constant, systematic practice was what he said. So doing something everyday, like about five or 10 minutes every day, you'll get to be good in a month. You'll be quite reasonable if you did half an hour every day. Wow. After a month, people would start being highly impressed with your skills. So it's up to you, however much you want to put in that so much, you'll get out all the best seeing the next lecture. 7. Dummies7 chugging: now is a very famous track song called The Hootchie Coochie Man. Find it on YouTube. Muddy waters, the hoochie coochie man on Most of the recordings are in the right key for the instrument you've got so you can play along with it. So the riff is the dumb Don't dump, doesn't the term gypsy woman told my mother do dirt before I was born to? Don't you got a boy that you are kind to and so on so you can find that now How do you play that doesn't. Well, very, very easy. We can just go in out, out in that sun holds one and two. We can just go in, out, out in And then we click our fingers twice for the rhythm You leave a little gap in out Leave a gap out in Let me show you, Um, I'm going to join me. Easy. So that's the hoochie coochie man. So look it up on YouTube. Maybe you got a recording of it and play along with it and just play that throughout the whole piece and you find it works really, really well. There are lots of others which used that same format. But I'm gonna leave that with you because what I want to get into in this lecture is what we call chugging. So chugging his way you use your mouth in your tongue to whisper words which have some kind off rhythm like to talk to to talk to something like that. So we started simpler to choo choo choo choo to say to To to to chew to hear the rhythm Chu tu tu choo to whisper it Breathe in, breathe out Breathe in, Breathe out Breathing grabby harmonica holds one and 21234 Theo Okay, that's called Chu Tu Tu on the next one is gonna be called Chu Chuck. Choose to stay with me Ju chukka chew Chuck a Jew chukka ju ju Tucker ju ju ju jacket to ju chukka to Jack A Jew doctor to was bred. Breathe in, breathe out. Breathe in, breathe out to breathe in way Thirsty work isn't it was called chugging. Now, if you'd like to do more chugging on a recommend you do, I think it's a really good thing to do. I have ah course called chugging and a book called Get Chugging so you can just Google that Google Ben Hewlett get chugging or course called chugging Onda. Um, if you like it, take that course and it's lots more of that kind of stuff comes with lots of backing tracks . I'll give you one of those now to say you can get the feel of it, but if you like it, I think it's a really good thing to play along with. So that's a bit of chugging. There's no end of what you can do with chugging. All right, see you next lecture. 8. Dummies8 blues: Now if we get a bit further into blues, I gave me the hoochie coochie man. Do you remember that one goes like this in, out, out in Remember that in, out, out in now you probably know. But blues music is the basis off rock music, Andi. It's such a massive, massive, massive subject blues. If you're not into blues, check out blues harmonica and see what you think. We have an enormous legacy off wonderful recordings from the blues superstars going way, way, back way, way back. At that time, harmonica was extremely popular. Everybody wanted to play. It was a brand new instrument. The only really started in this in this form, I think 18 96. It was the first patent, so it really started in the 18 hundreds. And as blues took a hold in the US and jazz as well, this harmonica went with it, and it was The Muddy Waters called it the mother off the band. So it's a very, very significant instrument in this style of music, so you really need to look at it even if you don't like blues, you need to look at the legacy that we've got from Blue. So look up people like Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson number one and number to those of the probably the Big Four, I would say Sonny Terry as well as another one. That's beautiful, rhythmic stuff. I'll do some of that for you as well. Sonny Terry is amazing. Play it really, really astonishing what they could do and then going back a bit further in time. Look up D. Ford Bailey, and he was a guy from near Nashville, and he played. He was the first black guy to play on the Grand Old Opry on Sonny. Terry would have heard Defour Bailey playing, and that's what got him into playing harmonica. So there's a really interesting history behind all of this. So get into get into the blues. Look for a track called Oh baby a H apostrophe W baby by Little Walter. And you hear a very, very nice simple 12 bar blues, which is very easy to play along with. And we could just do that. Now you can find it. It's easy to find, and we'll just play the accompaniment to that, and it's gonna be something like 12 for dad out, Dad out. So we're gonna play that down. Will use the word chowder, too, so it gives it a bit of Christmas. So it's holds one and two again, mostly for this piece. So let's just say the word chowder. 1234 Child at 234 Chowder. 234 Chowder, 234 Chowder, 234 Now you're probably thinking y Z counting. This is because I know you've already admitted to being called musically hopeless, which, clearly or no, but the legacy. Still, you know, there's so many people around who were told at school that they were tone deaf or musically useless, and it's completely changed their lives what they could have done if that teacher hadn't been lazy. I'm not impressed. Not happy at all with that tone. Deafness is actually a a museum. If you have a museum, you can't detect pitch tone on. You can't really have conversations with people you can't really speak, So tone Deafness is is not the fact that the child doesn't understand that's lazy teaching , So I'm not happy with those teachers Anyway. Let's get on enough of my renting, um, chowder. You're probably wondering why I'm counting. 1234 In music, we count in a little Will you call a bar? So it either has four beats in its 9123 For what? It might have three beats in it. 1231231 like a waltz down. Doh, doh doh Deng Deng dumbed down Don't 23123123123123 Think of the dots or a Jake an Irish jig . We'll have three beats or six. You could multiply three beats or six beats. And in this tough music, it generally has 412341234 Most music has either four beats or three beats in a bar, and that is, you know, multiply. Like I said with the Jakey. Could have 6123456123456 Mathematically, you've got to grips of three. You almost sounds like one to one under two. And either way, it was really for dancing purposes, so you'd have to have the first you have one heavy be to know where you are. 123123123123 says something like, Did it? Oh, don't don't do you don't better, but But it's the red haired boy, so that'll have four beats that would be called a rial in Irish music. So with this one, I'm counting in four sets. 1234 breathing in three and again. Three. So that's the sort of thing you can do with that track. Oh, baby, we're going to more details with, but that's the basic thing. And you can do that. You could do that right now. Now do you notice that it's It's not chowder. It's Choda chowed long short chow. Duh! This is called Swing, so we're swinging the rhythm. We're not playing it straight, like a march general doctor not marching around to this. We're in New Orleans here, General Dad, Dad, that the jazz drummers call it 10 to 10 10 10 to 10 to 10. It's not like to back down packed on birth, but that's a whole different thing that's called straight and this is called Swing It. So swing is Rex kind of sounds bluesy and jazzy, whereas you don't get that in rock so much. Normally, rock is right. Don't Don't, don't Don't dunk. I don't Don't, don't, don't, don't, don't, don't. It's much more heavy. So this gives it less of a lightness. Do do do do just like your mooching around. Okay, so have a go at that. Then I'll expand on that a little bit. 9. Dummies9 chowder: Hi there. Welcome back. Congratulations. You're still here. You're doing well. Most people don't make it this far into the course. They give up, and I think they're still helpless. I haven't convinced them yet, but I'm hoping I've convinced you. Okay, let's look at this blues thing again. E. I remember I talked earlier about cords. Well, in in blues, you have a cord change. Well, several chords change. Let's put it like that and you'll so you might have heard it called 12 Bar Blues. Have you ever heard that? It just means that there are. There's a sequence of 12 bars. Each has four bits in it. It can have any amount of notes or none at all. But it's just that's what continues. And you can add in what you like to that. But we're trying to keep this simple is counted, so we just counted out loud. That's if you can hear this. All right, there's accounting. This is one, 23 Fine, you're cool. Change for six. Date another way. Nine. Start again. 012 three, 56 to 7. You can get no way breathing in. Go to the middle of the harmonica in, out, right down the bottom. Breathe in. Okay, So when I said the middle of the harmonica, what I meant was move up two holes around about four or five. So we start with Let's do it without the band now and you can do this is pretty much any 12 bar blues. So your baby is a perfect example of that. And it's in the right key for you for this harmonica. So let's start it. 123 breathing in 23434 343 We breathe out three and again. Three. We breathe in three and again. Three. Now we're up to the ninth Bowen. Now, if you've bean counting and this is where the court change means we have to play holes four and five and six, if you like. Doesn't matter. Middle of the harmonica. So I say middle and breathe in still saying chowder. And then stay there. Breathe out. And then you go back down to holds one. And two is the only time you deviate from holds one and two, and then you go back. Tells one and two breathing in three. Does that make a little bit of sense it will do when you practice it. When you do this regularly, it will become completely obvious in a very short space of time. So if you're inter blues, that's the thing to do. Practice that chowder is just one approach to this stuff. Do you wanna do it again? Let's go back in here. Andi, That's it. Listen for the count. It's like a drum accounting you in 123 Well breathing in. Now we breathe out again. Way middle breathing rate out starting again. One way they don't breathe way middle breathing. Okay, way. Okay, so I was just doing their sort of an extension, which will come to another time. Or there's definitely lots of that in other courses called a blues baseline so you can look that up if you want Blues Basic blues Baseline have done a course on that Andi, that's playing. You know, you try to think about what's the role of the harmonica in a band? What can you actually do? What he supposed to do? So playing a baseline is what the based, played us do, do, do, do, do, do, do do do do. Do you know that kind of thing, Theo. But that's for another day. I'm just showing you a couple of horizons, that teacher showing off, as you might call it. But it's just to show you some other ways of doing it. Okay, so you practice your chowder stuff with that track or with any tractors in the right key. Old baby is a very nice one. And it's plenty by this. You can ask me, and I can tell you I can find out which ones would suit you. All right. Good luck. Well done. Keep going. 10. Dummies10 single notes: Okay. Now, another important thing about playing harmonica is playing single notes. So up to now we've been playing chords all along. Which do you remember? What accord is? It's a bunch of notes. Three or more is a technical term. A bunch of notes played all at the same time, and it creates a certain sound. And the relationship between each notes has lots of important information. But apart from your you know, the perfect musical side of it, your your ears just here. Oh, that's a nice chord, and I sound he is a different cord different chord. There's a different chord, Theo. All of those are different chords. They all have different names, and they do different things. You've probably heard the terms major and minor. Major chord sounds nice and jolly and happy. Do you are a very happy, isn't it? And then a minor chord sounds sad or wistful law, lonely or lost or something like that. There's the individual notes on a different time on a code of your lower version. Theo sounds a bit kind of sad. It doesn't it still accord, and that would lead you to tunes. What? Uh, Theo, So it kind of sad or on Melo. That's a leather Baikal summertime. So the cords are part off the music there, this sort of foundation. So, like the roots off the tree, the leaves or the flowers if you like, uh, dependent on the roots, but they can have lots of variety within them on that single note playing. This is true on any instrument and the harmonica as well. So how do you get single knows? Well, it's, um, bushe. There are two basically two ways. There are more, actually, but two main ways of getting single notes on the harmonica. Instead of having your own Bush a wide record, that size is gonna cover three holes, right? So and this is nothing to with music. So you can be musically hopeless and completely understand this. If you narrow your mouth down to whatever that is three millimeters or something 1/4 of an inch, do you narrow your mouth down to that on the air and he goes into one hole, gets what? You're only gonna play One note. This is not terribly hard. Is it to understand it's actually harder to do? That is not really hard to understand. So if I put my mouth into a kind of ah, whistle shape or kiss shape, look at the, um be sure there. Look at that black dot and you can do this in the mirror and you can check us out so you got to control it till it's about maybe the size of a pen. That's quite a good way of doing it. Take a pen or a pencil. I still want to try and push the harmonica into the mouth, which does make it harder. But my ears are the only things which tell me if I'm getting a single don't. Nothing else will tell you unless somebody else is listening. So you get your mouth into that shape. So I'm not just blowing air in that exact shape. Made her that way. Can hear how it warms up when I get the harmonica actually in my mouth, rather than just touching way, way breathing in way. Ah, what I want you to do is just practice whole one only. Just hold one, just breathing in breathing out target practice. You could try whole 10 as well, if you like, because also that's only got one side. The problem is only on one side. The other side has nothing. Now, this will be loud. And your dog if you got a dog, your dog will hate this soon. You won't have a dog. You have bats. You have a lot of bats. They loved this dogs. Not so much. So you might want to do this on my weathers. No sensitive creatures around, if you know what I mean. That's whole 10. I'm breathing really quietly, really softly, because this this cuts through, like, not know, through butter. So be careful with this one. You can kill people with this E. Okay, so practice your single note playing with the pucker on bushe. I'll tell you about the other ambush in the next lecture. Okay, bye for now. 11. Dummies11 LMD: I think we'll we'll stick with puckering for now. I'll tell you about the tongue blocking style towards the end of this course because it's it's harder and I want to just keep this easy. Not so simple. So hoping by now you've got a whole one and hold 10. Uh, reasonably nice sounding you can if you if you got hold two coming in, you'll hear it, I hope. Ah, can you hear any difference between this on this thing? If you can't hear any difference, you might be totally. But I think you probably can most well can hear a difference. So if you hear that, I don't want to say amounts to big, that wouldn't be nice to say, but it's not small enough. You need to target more carefully. Okay, so let's try bigger challenges. Try, hold full. So try that and you can try any of the holes now any of them you like. That will be fine. So if you hear this sound Theo, that's whole five coming in. So I gotto bring my mouth, bring the lips in a bit that side, and if it goes the other way, I'm going to hear this. Get the idea. Okay. Why don't we play a little tune with just three notes in it? Do you remember the Beatles first hit? Love Me? Do No Do I Google it? Find Beatles? Love Me Dio It's in the right key for this harmonica and it's only got three Note what for ? Notes on the harmonica. So you're gonna take hold five hole number five brief in five. Breathe in and then five Breathe out and then how? Four. Breathe in and then you stop so you'll find it. I can't give you this right now because of copyright, but you can find it on YouTube. Of course, you may have a copy of it, so it's full. Five. Breathe in Dr Without and then foreign. And then stop. Let's try a little bit faster. 1234 234 234 34 three, three. How's that? So grab the tune. Grab the Beatles tune and do it on your bare to play along with it wherever they start. Wherever you see John Lennon playing the harmonica, join in wherever there singing, sing and dance the twist like we did last summer. Strike one more time. 1234 No, Love me do. Okay, So how about playing that? I'm sure you manage that. You can add one more note if you want to. That's too easy. Uh, yeah. Whole three breathing out. Four times. Bomb, bomb! Bomb! Bomb in, Out in! Out! Out, out! Out. That's what extension for if you're finding this too easy. Not such a dummy. Now, are you okay? Okay, That's it. Do that. Practice that with the Beatles. I'll see you next time. 12. Dummies12 scale of C: Okay, so now we're able to play single notes a little bit better that opens you up to the world tunes on the course. There is no end, so the number tunes that you can play on any instrument or sing. So let's First of all, I want to introduce you to this scale of See, It's a little tune that you might remember from school. Remy Far So la ti dough. You know that one member. Remember that one? Sing it with me, Doh. Ray me for so knotty dough. This is the white notes on the piano from a note of C C D E f g A B C. You know what a piano is? Right thing with loss of teeth, White notes on black nose All the notes are on their well normal one. But in Western Musical, the notes are on there door. Amy far so d we can play that on the harmonica. Now, if you can learn that little tune, you can play thousands and thousands off tunes just by learning that one, because they all live within it. Did you start a note? Whole four blow and then four drawer breathin stay there. Breathe in. How hard was that whole for you? Breathe out, then you breathe in, shift up a whole do the same thing. So it's 505 Breathe out, Breathe in. Easy, easy peasy, lemon squeezy The strike 04 out in Ondo five out in Ready Go. So you might want to Porc and practice that round and round until you happy that it's, you know, 80 or 90% accurate doesn't have to be perfect because this is a learning curve and then come back to me and we'll look at the next hole, which is exactly the same out in exactly the same. So here's hole six now, but well, let's go. Let's go from the beginning. So four out in five out in, six out in. It's not hard, is it? At least it's not hard to understand. It's maybe not eating to do, but it's easy to understand, Right? Are you with me? Hope already go whole six. Easy enough. So you might want to pause in practice, all of that. And then when we get to the next hole, hole seven. Yeah. Awesome. We actually reverse it. So then goes in out instead of the other way. So you've got whole four out in whole five out in house. Six out in ho. Seven in out. Should we try that hopeful? I hope I whole six hold seven in out. Okay, that's it. So I would like you to try and practice that and you're playing a scale off. See what was known as door Amy? Far so large, you know, And it's a really important thing for playing tunes. So this will be your favorite friend when you're playing tunes. This will help you a lot. And it's great for the harmonica as well. There's a lot of stuff which this is the foundation of a lot of other stuff on the harmonica. So it really will help you to learn this. Whatever top of music you want to play. This will really, really help. So trust me. I'm your friend. Okay? Go for it. We'll talk later. Bye. For now, 13. Dummies13 Saints: Okay. Welcome back. You're very nearly at the end of this course. There's loads more I can do for you. This is just the introductory thing just to really this is just a confidence boost. Its just to boost your confidence on your self esteem so that you don't feel musically hopeless anymore. You feel like Oh, actually, I can dio I'm not I'm not tone deaf. I'm not musically hopeless. I'm not a dummy. So it turns out the people who convince you were there all a b off a B who shouldn't have been teaching in the first place. It's astonishing that they could get away with it anyway. Enough of that. You're doing okay. You're doing all right. Let's learn a tune in the old jazz tradition when the saints go marching and you remember it Let me see is that you can sing it Oh, when you say this is really slow When you go way way Oh, Lord, I want to be in Ah, very slow But I'm happy not us, you know, Easy for you to learn Oh, when the saints thistle that within the scale of C blow five blow five drawer Now six blow . So let's try that. Just that and again, Does that make any sense Drunk on my time strike with a band? Because it it repeats. Well, let's go from the beginning. Have you got ready? Go tune deviates sayings go My ching in you ended up on six blower thing, didn't we? Got ST go five blow Next four blow next back up to five. Blow on, then four draw. Sometimes I just put a finger on that when I want to look at it. Normally I don't look at the numbers. I just hear the sounds, But since I'm working with you on the very basics, I want to try and get for that same picture. Usually when you have a drawer note in this key were in the key of C on a C harmonica. It feels like, Oh, there should be something mawr coming Feels like it's not over yet. So, Owen, the scenes winners when the saints go marching in Oh, Lord, I want to me I've been doing this for so long that it comes naturally and this is what will happen to you if you stick with it would just come naturally you won't need to think about it. So we're now on 50 Lord. Now it's whole four drawer themed, then for blow. You can see I didn't move the harmonica at that point. So five blow, move, change breath direction. Oh, Lord, I want to be for blow five flow I in that number sick bunch of six blows and five drawer and again that the drawer makes you in that number. It's like a question. Isn't it on? We want the answer when the saints go marching in. I, uh when the sage starting on five blow five drawer So you're not moving much, are you? Just staying on all five, uh, six blow five flow, Poor blow for drawer full blow. And that's when the saints go marching in. You can see it on the screen now. So do you want to try playing it? It's gonna be real slow. Do it again. Get the counting. Uh, - Theo Theo on it goes, I'll give you this backing track so you can practice with that. So that's learning our second tune. The first well, we've done most urchins actually done. Hoochie coochie. We've done the chowder thing. We've done the practicing with Old Baby. We've done Love me do Andi. This is the first sort of scale of C that's a tune on. This is the first sort of full melody they don't unless millions of things I got loads of courses on how to place specific tune. So there's a specific tune that you want. Maybe there's a course on it already, or you can let me know I could make one That's that's always good. Um, and the next lecture we're gonna have a look at this tongue block, tongue blocking ambush. It's the other way or the other main way of getting single notes. So that's it. Stick with it and see in the next lecture by for now. 14. Dummies14 TB: okay. I want to bring this course toe close. Now. It's been a good introduction for you to the harmonica for the musically hopeless Andi dummies and all that stuff that I mentioned and clearly. Now you can see that you are not musically hopeless. You've now started some musical training on all of these things. Just need a bit of schooling, A bit of training, a bit of practice, a bit of work on. The most important thing is it needs to be fun. It is not fun. Why would you do it? You wouldn't do it, would you? If it wasn't fun? Unless you're getting paid. Because so have fun with the harmonica. Enjoy it. Come back and see me. And I've got loads. More courses for you. Let me know. Just send me a message. We can email Ben Hewlett at me dot com on talk to me. How did you get on with this? Did you like it? Enjoy it. What would you like next? Which direction do you want to go in? What can I help you with? Would you like Skype sessions? Anything you want we can do. I want to just leave you with this idea. The tongue blocking on Bashir is the other main way of playing, and it was how the incident was designed. Initially, it was designed to play chords. The lower end. If you take a tune, for example, like when the Saints I played with cords, you won't hear the tune but you, the tunes in there you just won't hear it. So you could sing along with that, Couldn't you could sort of you could hear where the tune fits. So the tune on top of that so I could play them separately. Theo. Sort of a company myself. It's like the left and right hand of the piano or you complaining that same time using tongue looking way. So what I'm doing there on, I'll come into this in greater detail in different course because it's a big subject. But I just want to show you a horizon there. So here's the ambush. If a tongue looking my single note gets played here, I'm just sticking the tongue out and in that's all very easy to understand. So when I got the tongue stuck out just one whole place, when I bring the tongue in guess what four holes play? Very easy to understand, isn't it? So I'm covering my mouth over Holds 123 and four O or 1 to 1 or 23 and four Doesn't really matter. Whole four is the melody note. So I got my tongue covering the holes below it. So the tongue is kind of pushing out on the harmonic is kind of pushing in And that way we get are clear. Think of course the blues guys use that as well. Theo. Teacher Showing off or horizons for you. So that's where I think. Well, close for now. So tell me what you thought about because Did you enjoy it? Is there anything I can add to it? Anything I can improve on, Let me know. I'm a teacher and the learner. I want to learn more about teaching. So do tell me and then come back to me in to see what we do next. Speak too soon. But I enjoyed it