Contact Ben on: 07973 284 366 or firstname.lastname@example.org – if you have any harmonica related questions or you wish to book a lesson.
More about our resident harmonica teacher – Ben Hewlett CTABRSM
Life seems to have given Ben a mission – to play the harmonica, and encourage others to play the harmonica. Ben recently got the top job in the UK harmonica community – as chairman of the National Harmonica League. However it’s not all to do with the harmonica, Ben does other things as well, like playing trumpet, uke, didgeridoo, khaen, jaws harp, bodhran, nevertheless Ben is mainly teaching and playing the diatonic harmonica.
- Ben is the Chairman of the NHL – National Harmonica League in the UK
- Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1996
- Ben is the most prolific harmonica tuition author in the UK with 20 books and 50 video courses written – and there’s more where that came from.
- The first full time harmonica instructor in the UK
- Ben qualified as CTABRSM in 2002 (Certificate of Teaching – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
- Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995
- Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher 1993 – HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, the National Harmonica League of UK and the International Harmonica Organisation).
“I have been teaching people to play harmonica since 1996 as a full time job. I have started tens of thousands on their way to play the harmonica and I can tell you – it sure beats working! I believe I was the first person to be a full time harmonica teacher in the UK, there are still very few of us – so there’s plenty of room if you want to come and join me.
Recently I have become the Chairman of the National Harmonica League (NHL) which supports the UK harmonica players community. Much of my time is spent writing books with Paul Lennon on how to play the harmonica, there are 20 or so with loads more in the pipeline – we have so many ideas it never stops.
I teach children near home, and with my team at HarpsCool where the team and I give 300 children weekly harmonica lessons.
My YouTube videos, and their success and feedback, are the reason I am teaching on Udemy.com. Take a look and if you see a course you like contact me for a discount – don’t buy direct from the site; there are millions of hits on the youtube sites and thousands of subscribers. People are kind enough to say how clear the teaching is, and how it’s helped them to understand aspects of harmonica playing – at last!
I run workshops at major harmonica festivals including SPAH in the US, the Bristol International Harmonica Festival in the UK, the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany – home of Hohner, and the Harmonica Masters Workshops also in Germany.
I even use the harmonica in team building events for many international companies. Cruise Ships were part of my teaching life from 2002 to 2012 and the combination of teaching, performing and travelling is quite a blast. Who knew teaching the harmonica would take me to the Caribbean three times, Africa, Russia, Scandinavia, and Atlantic Europe – seems hard to believe now, but I have photos to prove it!
You will often find me performing in various venues and going to jam sessions, and I love playing with interesting groups or sitting on a number when the opportunity arises – that’s one of the wonderful things about the harmonica, you can have it in your back pocket and join in with people wherever you are.
So you are in extremely competent and safe hands, so do yourself a favour and try one of my courses – in fact have a free lecture or two to suck it and see – that’s a harmonica joke by the way”
Learn to play with JP Allen at Harmonica.com
JP Allen has the belief that anyone can learn to play harmonica and he has helped tens of thousands of students all over the world. JP specialises in helping make the harmonica a fun and easy instrument to play for beginners.
With JP’s unique lessons, “even the most musically challenged students will succeed in bringing the joy of harmonica into their lives and become a very good harmonica player.”
As well as teaching the harmonica, JP Allen has played as an artist on CNN, Fox News, and recorded and performed with Grammy-nominated Abra Moore.
Over the last 25 years, JP’s quick and simple approach to learning has made him one of the world’s most popular harmonica teachers. His teaching methods were honed and refined in the 1990’s, where he taught harmonica at the University of Texas and was one of the first harmonica teachers to create a fully accredited harmonica course at the Austin Community College.
In 1988, JP graduated from Northwestern University with a pre-medical degree and then used his experiences attending New York Chiropractic College to become one of the first harmonica teachers to explain harmonica techniques in a way that is anatomically accurate, further improving his unique and effective teaching methods.
Currently, JP owns and operates Harmonica.com in Hawaii and is one of the most recognised and appreciated harmonica teachers, getting over a million hits to his website every year.
Check out his incredible video lessons here