This course targets all those who have never played harmonica or have occasionally practised on their own without following a progressive or structured learning plan. These harmonica lessons have been designed on the firm basis of my experience - spanning several years - both as a student and as a teacher.
I spent most of my life studying piano, musical theory, guitar and harmonica; therefore, I know which content is useful for students and which one would be superfluous. I have created each lesson as if it were a live class - and it surely includes a thorough explanation - furthermore; you may also avail the possibility of practising the blues harp with me, by taking advantage of a metronome indeed. This 'listen and repeat' approach has been widely practised to teach languages, music or other subjects for many decades, not to mention, it is recognized as a powerful learning tool still.
I am quite mindful of the issues experienced by beginners that's why I took precautionary measures while recording these interactive sessions, to ascertain that I am boasting about the same degree of zeal, if not more, with which I ususally teach my students in a real class otherwise, but guiding the audience also at the same time, enabling them to troubleshoot all such problems that may arise during such course.
This course is compiled in the form of monthly sections, where every section is further divided into several units and each unit in turn comprises week long lessons, along with their discrete exercises and study oriented songs.
In the perspective of its practice; some notions, concering music theory, will be explained soon in a clear and straight forward way .
Though you are not restricted to study each lesson during its suggested week time, anyhow taking the lessons without altering their sequence is mandatory so as to make sure that you don't miss out on any important idealogy as well as to further ensure a well paced and steady progression. Feel free to study as per your own convenience but remember, you will learn better if don't make haste. At the end of this course, you will be able to understand and practice the following:
• The tongue blocking technique, which is a powerful harmonica playing mode that permits its learners to play with nuances, adding some particular articulations to their performance. Although this course is intended for those who want to learn the technique of tongue blocking, it can also be followed by those who want to use the puckering. I still advise you to try the tongue blocking technique.
• You will get to know your instrument better and will not only learn how to handle it but how to breathe properly while playing it as well as correct embouchure too.
• You will learn how to play single notes with a good round tone, using tremolo and dynamics also to make it sound even more interesting. Afterwards you will be adept at utilizing all of the harmonica holes focusing on high end where actually the instrument's note layout changes.
• You will study more than 50 technical exercises on the instrument to develop the dexterity, covering single notes, chords, articulations and solo harmonica playing too. Given the name 'Solo harmonica' because you play melodies and accompaniment together.
• You will be taught about playing harmonica positions, along with songs, in first, second third and fourth position.
• You will develop the ability to play chords and chugging, or play both chords and melody alternatively.
• You will comprehend the standard 12 bar blues and some of its variations; moreover other structures comsisting of song chords progression too.
• Lastly, you will be introduced to the use of tongue blocking to play specific rhythm articulations like pulls and slaps, and ultimately lead you to the next level: 'The Upper Beginner Level'.