This site has been compiled by Ben Hewlett, a professional harmonica player and teacher with composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Lennon.
About Ben Hewlett
After an early start on trumpet, Ben escaped the classical repertoire with his discovery of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. He was a minor third addict at 14, and still has a passion for jazz and blues.
A fascination with the music of The Blues Brothers led to a lifelong love of the harmonica. Studying Sonny Terry for rhythm, chugging and tone, Ben performed blues gigs around London for 10 years before moving to the West Country, where he still lives.
After teaching harmonica evening class, Ben qualified as a Music Workshop Leader and started working full time teaching music in various settings, including using music technology with disabled students, working with adults with learning difficulties, in workshops, schools and private lessons. In 2002, Ben successfully completed his ‘Certificate of Teaching, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music’ (CTABRMS).
Ben also runs the Blues Jam Factory, using harmonica training as part of a corporate team building session. Clients include DHL, Lloyds TSB, University of Singapore, Exel and Spice UK.
Ben has taught and performed with his harmonica around the world – both studying and teaching as far afield as Germany, America, Thailand and Singapore.
The concept of ‘chugging’ was developed as the very best way to get people started on the harmonica. Ben based it on Sonny Terry’s style of playing rhythms and articulations after years of experimenting on students. It has proven to be an extremely popular and successful foundation for playing harmonica, building rhythm and breathing skills quickly and painlessly.
Incorporating a backing track for people to play along with has resulted in a fruitful and exciting partnership with Paul Lennon.
About Paul Lennon
He has composed for and played in bands, orchestras, duos and quartets that have covered jazz, blues, classical, cabaret and more for over 20 years, as well as teaching professionally. Paul has also produced books on Music Training Basics, Practising and Ear-Training.
Working from his Kent-based home recording studio, Paul has produced numerous albums, including play alongs for harmonica, guitar and piano.