Questions related to playing the (chromatic or diatonic) harmonica.

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Note bending on harmonica

I'm trying to learn to play the harmonica, and one thing I haven't quite figured out is how to consistently bend notes. (I can only hit two and three draw, inconsistently, for a semitone, and can only ...
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Music Cognition

I am learning to play the harmonica. As with so many people around the world, the approach I use is to take a song and its notes somewhere from the internet and practice it until I can play it well. ...
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What is the best way to introduce my 4 year old to harmonica?

My 4-year-old son just got a standard 10 hole harmonica in C from his grandmother, and I would like to give him a good start that will encourage him to enjoy playing. I myself started out just like ...
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Can I play `A scale` song on a `C scale` harmonica?

Here is how to play a C scale on a harmonica. But I found a song which is in the A scale. So, is this possible: to play the A scale song on the same harmonica? If so, What would the table look like? ...
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Breathing practice for harmonica

What are some good breathing practices for playing the harmonica? I have been learning the harmonica for a while now, I can play small time rhymes and some songs. But when I try to get into high ...
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Are low key harmonicas harder to bend?

Are lower key harmonicas (G and A, for example) technically harder to bend than the ones with a higher key, such as E or D? If so, do I need to use some other technique on lower key harmonicas in ...
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How to Tune a 10-hole Harmonica?

My harmonica went out of tune, what should I do? Do i need to dissemble it for tuning?
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How to avoid excessive saliva when playing the harmonica?

When playing the harmonica for more than a few minutes, I'll often run into the problem where I produce way too much saliva, which all ends up inside the harmonica itself. Sometimes this even clogs ...
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How can I learn 48 holes tremolo harmonica?

Probably not the best harmonica to start with, but this is the one that I used to play around with when I was a kid. So, I just pick it up at the store and thought it might be easy to learn. And later ...
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Why does classical music sound out of tune on a Hohner Marine Band Deluxe Harmonica?

A few months ago I tried my hand at my fathers old diatonic harmonica. Since I can sight read well and have good breathing technique as a vocalist, I found that I could make some of my favorite ...
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Can flat notes be played on a chromatic harmonica?

Can we play flat notes on a chromatic harmonica? I already know that a chromatic harmonica could play regular (natural) notes and sharp notes, but what about flat notes?
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How to clean a marine band harmonica that cannot be unscrewed?

I've discussed that subject before, and you all insisted that i have to unscrew it. Now I have this marine band, you have to see to believe! Here's a folder containing all the photos that you may ...
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How to clean my harmonica without taking it apart

I have seen many videos on "how to clean harmonicas". But in all the videos you have to take the harmonica apart, clean it and reassemble it. The thing is there's no marine band harmonica in my ...
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Choice of Wind Instrument for self learning

I had been playing Piano (learning on my own through youtube and books) once a while for over 2 years now and I would call myself above novice. I can't read sheet music but I have a not bad ear. ...
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How to practice the overblow

I've managed to learn bending down somehow by trial & error but I yet have to hear my first overblow. How can I do to get the feeling for overblowing, so that I have a good start for the ...
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Which key harmonica I should use for playing All along the Watchtower - By Bob Dylan (in C# minor)?

The song 'All Along The Watchtower' by Bob Dylan is in the key of C#m. Which key Harmonica should I use to play the harmonica parts in it? I wish to play the harmonica along with rhythm guitar and ...
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Which amplifiers for a blues harp?

I'm interested in playing the (diatonic) harmonica with the distorted sound they use in many rock and blues bands (Jason Ricci is one example among many others). From what I understand, how you hold ...
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Where to find harmonica notes? [closed]

I've just bought a harmonica and have been trying some simple notes. Are free harmonica notes which include the time to play each note available online ? Finding the notes themselves is ...
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How does the use of tablatures impact one's learning and sight-reading abilities?

The first instrument I learned was the piano, where having sheet music in staff notation is sufficient to know exactly what you need to play. Lately, I started to learn the guitar and the harmonica, ...
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Noise when attempting to bend the 8th hole on a harmonica

I've noticed that when I bend on the 8th hole, weird things happen. If I blow normally, the sound is OK, but upon an attempt to bend (downwards, during the draw), the sounds stop to be melodic and all ...
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is there a note location chart available for 22 hole chromatic harmonica?

I am looking for a chart that shows the location of notes, for both draw and blow, as well as the key pressed and unpressed, for a 22 hole chromatic harmonica Something like this but for a 22 hole ...
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How should I choose the key of my harmonica?

I've read few articles about it, but none of them seem to help me with this problem. Let's say we have a song in certain key - which harmonica should I choose? Let me give you an example, we have a ...
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Confused with Harmonica

I just learned playing Diatonic Harmonica. I find it a bit difficult to play bend on it ( I am practicing though). Someone told me that a easy way is to use Press Button Chromatic Harmonica. Is it ...
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Can a chromatic harmonica play double notes or triple notes?

Can a chromatic harmonica play double notes or triple notes? I wonder if it could play some of the complicated piano songs
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Cleaning a harmonica with a blocked note

I have a harmonica which was given to be as a gift, I have no proper experience playing and maintaining a harmonica, nor do I still have the instructions. I could blow all 9 notes but the 10th. When I ...
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What are the qualities of sound and playability of an SilverStar Harmonica?

I recently bought on impulse an harmonica, however i'm wondering how good it is in terms of sound and ease of use considering i plan using it to learn to play. It's a Hohner SilverStar Diatonic ...
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Is it possible to play “Juke - little Walter” on a diatonic harmonica key of C?

My harmonica is a marine band key of C, and i have another cheap Chinese key of D. Little Walter played Juke on a key of A harmonica and i can't find the tabs for a key of C harmonica, so is it ...
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Which online resources can I use to learn how to play the harmonica? [closed]

I just bought a diatonic harmonica in the key of C (Hohner's Big River Harp), and I'd really like to learn how to get around with it. It came with a "Step by Step" guide to understand the basics of ...
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What holes are played on a diatonic harp with notation “+6#3”?

I found a blues riff tab that goes like this: -2 -3b +4 -4b +6#3 -4b -3 -2 What does it mean to blow on the sixth hole and block the third? Does that mean you are blowing in 4, 5, and 6? Why ...
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Where to download music covers for songs (without lyrics)? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title of my question is correct, feel free to edit it. This video: a guy plays if tomorrow never comes on harmonica, while a musical cover for the song is playing in the ...
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C harmonica: How to play high tabs without producing “noise”

I'm going to give 2 examples so you understand the point If you want to play She's Gone, how you do so? when he screams "Hey Lady...". I tried to play all the time on 8 - 9 holes doesn't sound ...