Free Harmonica Lessons

Hello, Tomlin here, welcome to my “Free Lesson” archive. Here you will find all of the free harmonica lessons I’ve uploaded to YouTube organised by skill level from Complete Beginner to Advanced Intermediate. If you are not sure what level you are at, here is a brief overview of each one;

Beginner

If you’ve never played before this is the place to start. If you have already been playing a little bit you will probably still benefit from starting here. There is nothing wrong with strengthening your foundations. It will just make you a better player for the future. If you have NEVER ever played before I highly recommend that you jump into my FREE 4 Week Blues Harmonica Foundation eCourse.

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Advanced Beginner

Someone who is starting at the Advanced Beginner level should;

  • Be able to play perfectly clean notes
  • Play in time with a metronome and backing track with relatively simple rhythms
  • Has tried bending and can probably bend the 4 draw bend pretty well and 3 draw 1/2 step bend sometimes
  • Knows the 12 Bar Blues chord structure and can improvise basic ideas over it
  • Knows what 1/4 notes, 1/8th notes and triplets are
  • Plays gently and relaxed

If there is anything on this list that you cannot do you should start at Beginner level.

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Intermediate

Someone who is starting at the Intermediate level should;

  • Be able to play perfectly clean notes
  • Play in time with a metronome and backing track
  • Play great 4 draw 1/2 step and 2 draw whole step bends
  • Be able to hit bends straight on without hitting the clean note first
  • Know how to play a shuffle rhythm
  • Play nice smooth and accurate warbles
  • Be able to play 3 draw 1/2 and whole step bends but they could be better
  • Be able to improvise comfortably over a 12 Bar Blues using root notes and licks
  • Easily play 1/4 notes, 1/8th notes and triplets in time with a metronome and backing track
  • Plays gently and relaxed

If there is anything on this list that you cannot do you should start at Advanced Beginner level.

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Advanced Intermediate

Someone who is starting at the Advanced Intermediate level should;

  • Be able to play all the draw bends perfectly
  • Always play in time
  • Be able to improvise in 2nd position over a 12 Bar Blues easily
  • Know what I, IV, V means
  • Know the I, IV and V arpeggios
  • Be able to play tongue-blocked octaves
  • Be able to play a box shuffle, boogie bass line and rhumba bass line
  • Be able to warble, double stop, chug, comp, glissando, hand wah really well

If there is anything on this list that you cannot do you should start at Intermediate level.

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3 Most Common Misconceptions about Harmonica

3 Most Common Misconceptions about Harmonica

Before you start playing harmonica you might have some beliefs about the instrument that aren’t true. I’ve asked my students what they thought about harp before they started playing it and we came up with these 3 most common misconceptions about harmonica…  ...

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