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How to get and practice single notes on the harmonica easily
  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration: 01h 21m 10s
  • Release date: 2021-10-28
  • Author: Ben Hewlett
  • Provider: Udemy

How to get and practice single notes on the harmonica easily


INTRODUCTIONHello and a warm welcome to ‘The search for the single note’.Volume 1 dealt with CHUGGING which was all about playing chords and rhythms. But now what we are going to do on this course is learn how to get single notes every time. Here you will find a series of simple but progressive exercises - or tunelets - which will help you glide from being a chord player to being a single note player as well.They will prepare you for playing proper tunes, and yes we do have a book of tunes for you to get hold of! Let's get straight down to business.Maybe you have some questions at this point...1st question:What sort of harmonica(s) do I need for this course? A ten hole diatonic in ‘C’2nd question:What do the arrows in the music mean? up arrow=BLOW, (exhale) down=DRAW, (inhale)INFORMATIONHow do you get a single note on the Harmonica?I can think of several different ways so Iím going to show you five now...Number 1: The masking tape method. This is not as silly as it sounds and we use this when we are learning to bend notes. You simply cover the holes that you don’t want to play with masking tape and then you blow or draw.Number 2: The index finger method. Here you put the pads of your index fingers into the holes on each side of the one that you want to play, press hard, open your mouth wide, and put the whole lot in your mouth, breathing normally. So, for example, if you cover holes 3 and 5 with your index fingers hole 4 would sound.Number 3: The pucker method. I recommend starting with this method.With this one, you pucker your lips like a kiss or the shape you get when you whistle. Push them out in a relaxed way; imagine if you had a drinking straw in your mouth and if you took the straw OUT, the hole that would be left is the hole you need.Itís going to have a radius of about 3 millimeters. You have to learn to control the lip muscles very accurately; you could try it in front of a mirror to see and develop the aperture. Now put the harmonica into your mouth and breathe. If you find you are playing more than one note, try and focus your mouth down so that the hole becomes smaller. With practice, you’ll find you’re able to get single notes nearly every time.Number 4 and number 5: Come under the title of ‘tongue blocking’.We are not actually going to use these on this course but just for the record, I’ll explain briefly what they are. With tongue blocking you get a single note by excluding the notes to the right of the one you want to play using the lips and the ones to the left by using the tongue, or the other way round. This is quite difficult to do but it’s a nice effect because you can lift up the tongue and briefly expose the other notes. The other thing you can do is to play many intervals such as octaves, which is by using the tongue even more accurately. I could play holes 2 and 5 by blocking out holes 1,3,4 and 6. You figure it out!And the final method is ‘U - blocking’, this is nothing to do with plumbing, you put your tongue into a ‘U’ shape and the note in the center can then be played without sounding the notes on either side of it.Subjects and tracks in order:Welcome backPreparation for Easy BluesEasy BluesPreparation for Whistlin’ BoogieWhistlin’ BoogiePreparation for Things Look GreatThings Look GreatPreparation for Western ThemeWestern ThemePreparation for Open HighwayOpen HighwayPreparation for Rough ‘n’ ReggaeRough ‘n’ ReggaePreparation for Classique TimesClassique TimesPreparation for Waltz de LiteWaltz de LitePreparation for From the HeartFrom the HeartPreparation for Baroque RondoBaroque RondoPreparation for A Quiet evening in Cyber City A Quiet evening in Cyber CityPreparation for A Drive in the SierrasA Drive in the SierrasPreparation for Sweetness and Light Sweetness and LightPreparation for Whatever Lies Ahead Whatever Lies AheadPreparation for In More Peaceful TimesIn More Peaceful TimesPreparation for What You Doin’What You Doin’Preparation for Warm and Fuzzy Reggae Warm and Fuzzy ReggaePreparation for Forging AheadForging AheadPreparation for Clarinet ChoraleClarinet ChoralePreparation for Across The IcefieldsAcross The IcefieldsSingle Note Conclusion