“Two of my favourite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my harmonica,” Abraham Lincoln
Played by soldiers in the trenches, cowboys whiling away time by the campfire and bluesmen the world over, the harmonica has endured as one of the most portable, accessible and expressive musical instruments.
Ed Hopwood’s online course covers harmonica fundamentals such as breathing patterns, hand position, mouth position and getting good clear notes on the instrument. You will learn tunes and key riffs of folk, country and blues styles, including the Chicago Blues Riff. You will also learn some essential music theory in order to fully understand the harmonica and the range of notes available to the player.
Ed’ll also teach you the simple art of playing a tune. This means not only learning from the basic harmonica tab you’ll find in books and online, but also mastering the important process of playing by ear. This is something everyone can do and it’s how folk and blues musicians, with no formal training, have been playing and communicating music for centuries.
This course comprises twelve lessons and features handy printable notes and tabs, plus access to a community forum. Each lesson features instruction on technique from Ed and a chance to play along with him before practising on your own. You can learn at your own pace by hitting “pause” and rewinding any time, and you can go back and watch any of the lessons again.
With Ed as your guide, you will master the fundamentals of the harmonica so you can start enjoying this wonderfully portable instrument on your own or with family.
PLEASE NOTE: For this course, you will need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C. The tutor recommends either the Hohner Special 20 (in C) or the Lee Oskar (in C).