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Harmonica Beginners

Course Overview

Get to know how the harmonica works and learn how to play harmonica rhythms and simple melodies!

This 4-session Harmonica course is structured to allow you to learn different skills in each session, practise between the lessons, and then revise and learn new songs in the next class. Thus you build on your knowledge and skill base each lesson. 

Start at the basics – a nursery rhyme – so that you don’t have to worry about the song. Just concentrate on getting to know the harmonica. After 4 sessions, you’ll finish playing one of the best-known blues songs ever – 'Hoochie Coochie Man'!

You will need to practise each day in between the classes in order to become proficient – about 30 minutes a day minimum. But who can stop at 30 minutes?!

Course Breakdown
Week 1 
  • The Diatonic Harmonica and how it works
  • Producing a single note
  • The major scale
  • Simple tunes (nursery rhymes & 'Amazing Grace')
Week 2
  • Multiple notes and playing chords
  • Being expressive: The Wah and the Slide
  • Introduction to bending notes
  • 'Heart of Gold' (Neil Young)
Week 3
  • Train sounds (obligatory for a blues player!) 
  • Chugga Chug
  • The Whistle
  • 12-bar blues xtructure
  • Practise bending
  • Mystery Train
  • Harmonica etiquette
Week 4
  • Bending
  • Head rolls
  • 'Hoochie Coochie Man' (Muddy Waters)
  • Tongue blocking
  • Harmonica history and great players
Term 2 Dates

Term 2 for Harmonica Beginners runs from Sunday 5 May to Sunday 26 May.

Material List
  • 10 Hole (Diatonic) harmonica in key of c.
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