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Instant Harmonica – play the groovy Irish Washerwoman now!

Learn to play this classic Irish piece and join or lead a session - get my easy step by step guide, I'll show how...
Ben Hewlett
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INSTANT HARMONICA – play the wonderful Irish Washerwoman right now!

If you have a tune 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.

‘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.

Introduction and sing through

Promotional movie

This is the trailer for the course


In this lecture we will learn how to sing all the way through the tune, work out some of the phrasing, and try to get the melody into our brains. 

Don’t forget to give us some honest written feedback and some stars, as many as you think we deserve, and I look forward to hearing about your success.

Sing it through
This is the best way to learn a song – by singing it.

In this lecture we sing through and look at the dots.

The chords

Expanding the chords

In this lecture we expand on playing the chords in theory.

Using the charts provided in the previous lecture, you will be able to play all the chords 

The most important thing is to get the rhythm correct, everything else will then fall into place.

Playing the chords on harmonica

In this lecture we are play through the entire piece with the chords we just learnt.

Learning the component parts of the song

Getting single notes better

How to improve your single note playing

Line 1

Here we learn to play the first line.

Line 2

Here we learn to play the second line.

Line 3

Here we learn to play the third line.

Line 4

Here we learn to play the last line.

The whole tune

Whole Tune

Now that you have learnt all of the component parts it’s time to play the whole tune. 

So try to play the tune using the backing tracks at slow or fast speed and then you can try to improvise a little bit as well if you wish.

If you make a mistake just keep going and we will tell the audience you are improvising.

Don't miss this bit!!! Whole Tune (tongue bolcked version)

Gold dust in this lecture.

New Harmonica just arrived...

Here's a review of a new harmonica just in. You should google it to find out where to get it if you are interested.

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