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Three New Harmonica Book Collections To Download.

At Long Last

We are very proud to announce the availability of three new harmonica book collections from The Ben Hewlett Harmonica Course. Those who have seen and bought Ben Hewlett and Paul Lennon’s books will know just how accessible and fun these books and lessons are to work through. We invite you to try one of our collections because of the value you are getting but also because you truly can immerse yourself in the subjects your tackling and let the fun and learning last longer.  So with that in mind we come to you now with three new collections. Each collection has PDF book and backing audio for all lessons shown inside to guide you through the playing exercises. Our collections are best enjoyed as a digital download making them accessible to almost any harmonica players. You could be playing a fine tune in just a few minutes, give it a try. You do not have to be experienced now, but you will be by the end of just one of our collections.

The Collections

 

 

National Harmonica League on Wikipedia

Wikipedia makes room for the National Harmonica League

Just a short note to tell you all that you can find out a bit about the National Harmonica League from Wikipedia. As well as the league’s own website which you can access by clicking here. Our own Ben Hewlett is the current Chairman of the National Harmonica League, he was elected in October 2012 at the Annual General Meeting.

It is nice to note that an institution like the NHL has gained a place in history by being documented inside the world’s online encyclopaedia. So many societies do not get immortalized on the web in the way that Wikipedia does. Great to see the league and its’ community attracting the attention of Wikipedia. This truly means that the harmonica has high level importance and the league has contributed enough to the global harmonica community in positive ways that deserve recognizing and protecting.

Articles within Wikipedia are written and verified by the Wikipedia community itself and can be edited accordingly. As the league develops and Ben’s involvement as its’ Chairman continues I am sure we shall see the piece expand dramatically.

 

Great Words of Endorsement

Harmonica Players – Great & Small

Our Sonny Terry Collection has been the fortunate receiver of some lovely endorsements over the years. Endorsement matters a great deal to us and with that in mind when positive feedback comes in we love to share it. We’ve been given direct quotes from some of the big names in the harmonica community who have enjoyed the books. We felt it worthwhile to share their words of encouragement with you now.

Endorsements

Jon Gindick

Ben Hewlett’s book and CD on the riffs and techniques of Sonny Terry will make a great study companion for all developing harp players. Terry was a master of rhythm and phrasing and Hewlett helps beginners turn simple patterns into complex ones. Although the material ranges from simple to complex, there is no doubt in my mind that beginning players will benefit from this project.

Rob Paparozzi

Ben has figured out how to make Sonny Terry’s licks & style attainable for harp players on all levels. His methodology and respect for the music are what make him a  great player and an extraordinary teacher. Kudos to Ben for ‘demystifying’ the work of one of our Harmonica Giants in a way thats makes it FUN to learn a style with many twists, turns, hoots and hollers!

Hohner Little Lady a Beauty to Behold

A Seriously Small Hohner.

What is the smallest harmonica in the world? This is the Hohner Little Lady. They make heaps of these so I shaved a little bit of metal off one of them to make it even smaller and now – I believe – this is THE smallest harmonica in the world.
The Hohner Little Lady is the same as holes 4-7 on a standard-tuned harmonica. With our books, such as Funky Nursery and Funky Xmas from www.harmonicaworld.net, you can play along to the 20 or so tunes on your mini harp. The play-along tracks are in four different versions to make them easy to learn and they all fit into a 1-octave range so work perfectly on this mini harmonica.
Imagine your friends faces when you play proper tunes on the tiny harmonica hanging off your neck! This fun video shows you just how tiny the Little Lady is.

Harmonica Masters Workshops line up for November 2014.

Whats the situation?

Well, the masterful Ben Hewlett will be joining the lineup for the exciting Harmonica Masters Workshops 2014 which is being held in Germany. He will be teaching the workshop called: Blues on the Chromatic Harmonica for Beginners.

Course Outline:

“The workshop is mainly directed at diatonic harp players of any level who want to learn to play the chromatic in a blues style to add another dimension to their playing. This is mostly based on the easy and familiar third position as played on diatonic. We are going to learn how to play rhythms and chords effectively with great punch and timing in the 12 bar blues.”

“We will analyze the styles of the originals Little Walter and George Harmonica Smith, as well as some of their students such as William Clarke. We will also take a look at present-day masters such as Kim Wilson and Dennis Greunling. In addition, we will approach single note playing and improvising around the blues scale. Finally we’ll learn some classic blues tunes for you to be able to play confidently with a band.”

Ben’s thoughts:

He has told us that he is very excited about this wonderful opportunity to join such a exciting bunch of tutors, learners and other harmonica enthusiasts.

Ben also confessed that he fully intends to provide written literature to go along with his course. Though he did say he still has to research and write the book entitled Blues on the Chromatic Harmonica for Beginners. Adding to the point that Ben has a lot on his plate at present but will come through for his avid crowd of adoring fans.

Essential Details

The cost for the course is €250.00. The workshop will run over a Wednesday – Saturday and include 14 teaching units of 75 minutes each.

For full information head over to the website by clicking here.

Karaoke King

Become the center of the attention.

Have you ever considered, while on a night out, giving a blast on the harmonica? Perhaps one evening down your local drinking hole you see a sign for karaoke or there’s a local band playing. We know you’ve often considered this choice and have even thrown caution to the wind.  If you haven’t – step up to the microphone to have a go!

Here are some pointers on how to approach performing on the harmonica in a karaoke style.  Enjoy.

  1. Find a song you like to hear that is in a suitable genre. It is very important to get this choice right and make it something that has some real passion behind it so you can enjoy yourself.
  2. Rehearsal is key, do you intend to do it alone, or will you have a singer with you? IF you have a singer then make sure your partnership is tested before the big night.
  3. Find out which key the song is in.
  4. Have a selection of harmonicas available to use on the night. That way you’ll be able to get the best sound.
  5. Have fun and the audience will too.

Check Mr Hewlett and Mr Prowse out.

Ben and Phil had a go and fortunately got it on tape for our viewing and listening pleasure! Here you go, click and enjoy.

Guitarists are welcome too.

 

It should be mentioned that not long ago Paul Lennon wrote a book for intermediate to advanced guitar players with a speciality interest in the blues. Blues guitar and blues harmonica have a lot of similarities between them and will allow a competent musician to grasp the fundamentals of the blues very nicely.

The title given to this book is Rifforama – 60 Blues Rock Guitar Riffs.  It is currently on sale here from £12.99. This complete version is for download only and includes the book as a pdf and the music tracks as mp3s.  If you want the pdf book only then that is available for £7.99.

The book has been written because a lot of harmonica players often start out as guitarists and other musicians with varying levels of ability. Using the playalong method that we’ve found so effective with harmonica riffs, this book of guitar riffs will help both lead and rhythm players to expand their repertoire.

“This CD/book is not really for beginners and some of the technique is quite demanding. My aim has been to capture the essence of each player in my original riff and provide new duo material for you to work with. The playalong track can be used by you alone or in a duo or class situation.” – See more at: http://harmonicaworld.net/shop/rifforama-60-blues-rock-guitar-riffs/#sthash.rdfeezHz.dpuf

We strongly advise any aspiring blues player to check this book out for enhancing their abilities and solidifying their skills.

New CD/Books in Preparation

Just to let you know…

Right now we are working on a new book, or strictly speaking, a series of new books; these books are all about learning how to play music on your harmonica, not just the blues as many people think when you mention ‘harmonica’.

We had the idea of looking into how you would learn to play a traditional musical instrument such as the flute, violin, recorder, trumpet etc, and wondered how we could apply this to the diatonic harmonica. We have both been through the traditional music system at school and didn’t always find it exhilarating.

Our initial approach was just to dive straight into the blues as we did in Blues Jam Factory (available on the Harmonica World site) Here the blues is mostly taught and learnt by ear.
This book has proved to be very popular and successful, however, there are other approaches to learning the harmonica.
So the new approach, which has the working title ‘How to play music on your Harmonica’, starts from the very beginning of playing the instrument.

We start with the very basic types of note lengths (4 beats, 3 beats etc) and use blow chords to play a series of exercises, play alongs, and call/response pieces.  This develops into using the draw chord as well, whilst rhythms become more complicated and interesting as we go along.  From here on the single notes are introduced with exercises and tunes and there is also a return to our ever-popular chugging (rhythm harmonica).  The aim is to produce three volumes which will equip the complete beginner with enough material to be able to play quite sophisticated tunes.  All this with appropriate exercises and playalong material.

The concern with this type of rather academic approach to learning music is that it is the opposite of the blues, and to be honest we were worried that people might find it a bit dull.
However we have tried it out with adults and children and they tell us that it is very satisfying and enjoyable.This may be because the exercises are quite challenging and the tunes have a lot of melodic and harmonic interest, so basically you are playing music which sounds good and is fun to play at the same time as you learn how to do it and how to read the notes.
Ben Hewlett & Paul Lennon – www.HarmonicaWorld.net

Warning, Discounts Ahead!

 

Christmas isn’t over! Here’s a present from us at HarmonicaWorld.net for harmonica players of all levels. It could not be considered a January Sale as January is almost over, however winter is not. So, Winter Sale it is.

Firstly order any download from us and get a 10% discount coupon on your next download purchase.

Secondly we have smashed the cost of our two great riff collections for you to enjoy by 17.5% – The Sonny Terry Collection & The Blues Riffs Collection. The new price of £24.99 is for the PDF and Audio download version of each collection. They are both great for any player to expand their repertoire.