My little niece Lizzie wanted some music lessons during lockdown so I thought I'd post a little YouTube harmonica course for children. You'll need a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C (e.g. Hohner Special 20 / Marine Band). Click for more advice on buying a harmonica.
The lessons below cover a range of basic musical concepts and make playing the harmonica fun and accessible to children of all ages. Kids will earn stars in completing each lesson, and by the end of the course will learn two new songs and lots of fun techniques.
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LESSON 1: train sounds, part 1
In this lesson we'll be learning about different types of harmonicas and playing our first sounds: a steam train imitation!
LESSON 2: train sounds, part 2
In this lesson we'll be making our train sound even better!
LESSON 3: high and low notes
In this lesson we'll learn how to find notes of different pitches on the harmonica.
LESSON 4: scales and melody
In this lesson we'll be playing our first single notes and learning about how scales are built.
LESSON 5: feeling the beat
In this lesson we'll be counting along to help us keep musical time.
Lesson 6: the shakes
In this lesson we'll be learning an amazing harmonica technique: warbles.
Lesson 7: Barney Song, part 1
In this lesson we'll be learning the first part of a very well-known song.
Lesson 8: Barney Song, part 2
In this lesson we'll finish learning the song from the Barney TV series.
Lesson 9: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, part 1
In this lesson we'll start to learn our second song 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'.
Lesson 10: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, part 2
In the final lesson of this series, we'll finish learning the song. Well done!
Thanks for reading this article and watching the lessons. I hope they helped you and your little ones!
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