ONLINE HARMONICA LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS

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If you have never played the harmonica or have done it for a short time, these are the lessons for you. The lessons take place with a video call and it will be like being seated in front of each other, but comfortably from home! Some concepts will be explained to you and exercises will be performed together. While you practice the exercise I observe you and tell you what to do to perform it, as well correcting the posture, the mouth and every other aspect of your performance. Thanks to the interaction with your teacher lesson by lesson, there will be no obstacles you cannot overcome. If you want to learn harmonica followed by professional, you’re in the right place.

As a beginner, you will be guided into the fantastic harmonica world with a course of studies tailored to your needs, your tastes and your goals.

The lessons are always accompanied by printable pdf scores, both for the exercises and for the songs. Each song is provided with the backing track on which to practice and the complete recording. Each time the student finishes learning a song he is encouraged to record his own version. The teacher can provide feedback to the student to improve performance and correct the recording.

Here are some of the topics that will be covered: 

  1. STUDY METHOD: When learning something new it is essential to have a structured method of study and a way of practicing precise and aimed at objectives. The begineer harmonica student should pay attention to this aspect and will be guided with suggestions to get the best out of his study and practice sessions.
  2. GET TO KNOW YOUR INSTRUMENT: Get to know the diatonic harmonica, learning to identify its main parts, which are the principles that allow it to emit the notes, leaning how to get care of it (cleaning and transport). You will also learn the concepts related to the harmonica key and its use on different songs.
  3. BREATHING: The basis of life, breathing. The correct respiration must be learned and applied also during the study of the harmonica. Before taking the first steps with this wind instrument it is necessary to know how to breathe with awareness.
  4. THE POSTURE: A correct posture allows to play the blues harp without getting back or neck pains, and avoiding situations of muscle tension or joint.
  5. THE HANDLE: Learn how to hold the harmonica in a single hand, with both hands, and also how to pass the instrument from hand to hand during a musical performances.
  6. EMBOUCHURE: The beginner student who practises the diatonic harmonica has to be very careful how he leads it to the mouth. He must learn not to tilt the instrument on any side and to position it correctly in front of the mouth.
  7. TONGUE BLOCKING - SINGLE NOTES: The first step to becoming a musician with a diatonic harmonica is to learn how to emit single notes in a clean and controlled way.
  8. TONGUE BLOCKING - FIRST MELODIES: Once the student has acquired the ability to emit single notes on the instrument, the first melodies are played.
  9. TONGUE BLOCKING - TREMOLO: The tremolo helps us in playing some really nice notes with a volume control technique.
  10. TONGUE BLOCKING - HARMONICA RHYTHM: Together with the study of melodic lines, the student practices chordal exercises, also developing the sense of rhythm, a fundamental aspect for the study of any musical discipline. In this phase, the study can be integrated with explanations of musical theory and exercises of "solfeggio". This is a very effective practice to improve one’s perception of rhythm.
  11. TONGUE BLOCKING - ARTICULATIONS: When you play the harmonica you can use some articulations to color notes and rhythms. The use of the toungue during the performance allows to obtain percussive sounds such as "slaps" and "pulls".
  12. TONGUE BLOCKING - PROGRESSIVE DIFFICULTY SONGS: Since the first lessons we study songs of progressive difficulty to put into practice all the techniques and concepts that we learn from time to time. The songs are equipped with printable scores, backing tracks and of course the recordings of the complete performance.
  13. BLUES: If the diatonic harmonica is also called the blues harmonica, there is a reason, and that is that it is often used, traditionally, on this musical genre. This definition sometimes leads someone to think that this instrument is only suitable for the blues but it is not so at all. If you learn to play the harmonica in a certain way you can put it on any musical genre. The blues is still a prince genre for our little ten-hole beloved, and it will have a good slice of space in our lessons.
  14. MUSIC THEORY: Learning to play a musical instrument without knowing a minimum of musical theory, is equivalent to playing biliards with a blindfold on our eyes. A good basis of musical theory is what can make the difference between you and thousands of musicians out there. If you decide to learn basic musical theory you will add something to your knowledge that improves your musicianship today and tomorrow.