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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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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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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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 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 picked it up at the store and thought it might be easy to learn. And ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for in a chromatic harmonica?

I want to buy a chromatic harmonica and I've never had one before nor played one. As a beginner, what should I look for in a chromatic harmonica? Are there certain features I should look for or ...
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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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Why are notes on the harmonica laid out the way they are?

This is a chart of a standard ten hole diatonic harmonica in the key of G that I copied from Wikipedia: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 blow: |G|B|D |G|B|D|G |B|D|G| draw:|A|D|F#|A|C|E|F#|A|C|E| ...
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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 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've been playing the piano (learning on my own) for over 2 years now and I would call myself above novice. I can't read sheet music but I have a good ear. However, I was diagnosed with a problem and ...
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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 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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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 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 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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Choosing the right harmonica to fit with guitar part transposed using an alternative tuning

I play a song in standard tuning on the guitar. The song requires a 'G' harmonica. I tune the guitar down to D-G-C-F-A-D. What key of harmonica would I need for the same song in this tuning?
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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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What is the difference between 10, 16 and 24 holes harmonica?

I just bought a harmonica, it has 24 holes. When i tried to learn it, i know that there are 10, 16 and 24 holes harmonica. There are two questions that i want to ask what is the difference ...
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Is it possible to Overblow in Hohner Silverstar Harmonica?

I am trying to overblow in silverstar. Almost worked in 6blow. Is is possiblie in 4blow overblow in Silverstar harmonica?
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Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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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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Should I get a 12 hole or 16 hole chromatic?

I wan to learn a chromatic harmonica and want to start with whatever is standard for a beginner (I can somewhat play a diatonic) There seem to be many types of chromatic available (12 hole, 16 ...
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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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Tired mouth after practicing blues harmonica

I've been practicing playing blues harmonica for over a year now (with some breaks of a few weeks) I'm noticing that after about 20-30 minutes of practice time my lips and mouth become tired and my ...
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Can tremolo harmonica use diatonic harmonica tab?

I just bought a harmonica. It turn out to be tremolo. It has 24 holes on both sides. I want to know: Can I play diatonic harmonica tab using tremolo harmonica? If I can, do I need to convert ...
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24 hole c tone harmonica

I recently came into possession of a " 24 hole c tone harmonica " but i have been facing difficulty getting any video lesson on this as most lessons are for blues harmonica . could anyone suggest ...
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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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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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Is it possible to play all melody songs on 10 hole diatonic harmonica?

I know that melody songs can be easily played on a chromatic harmonica. I have horner Chrometta 12 as well as Horner golden melody. However I feel tunes from 10 holes diatonic harmonica are better ...
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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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How to learn & play sheet music with diatonic harmonica

I think 'just learn to read notes and which holes do what' isn't probably the best way - since there are harmonicas tuned to twelve different keys and all differ in note placements. So I did some ...
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Blues harmonica to start

I want to start harmonica. I got some advice from a teacher who told me : "if you want to start harmonica you should start with Tremolo harmonica". But honestly I love blues harmonica. is it right if ...
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Can a 4-hole harmonica play more than 8 notes?

I have a 4-hole harmonica. It is too simple; so, I can play simple songs only. Yesterday, I asked a short question on this site. And, they told me that harmonica bending technique can help me play ...
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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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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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Is there any full note-map for 4-hole harmonica?

In my opinion; to play a harmonica well, we should know about its full note-map: [ I am interested in 4-hole harmonica; and, I want to play it well. I have searched on Google about the Tuning ...
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How can a harmonica make some different sounds?

My first post: I have found an interesting harmonica here. So, I tried to know more about harmonica. And, I have read this article , in which the author doesn't mention the physical calculation, ...
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Which key Harmonica to use in conjunction with Distorted Electric Guitar in C#/D half step down

I'm in a melodic metalcore band, and we're looking to include some harmonica riffs/solos in some songs. We're currently writing in C# or D half step down and would like some help in this subject. ...
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Guidance regarding Harmonica Hohner Silver Star 504/20 Bb [closed]

I recently bought Hohner Silver Star 504/20 Bb to learn playing Harmonica. I need guidance on how I should go about learning to play it. I am rookie. Please guide about the resources that could help ...
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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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Can a 4-hole harmonica play this song? [closed]

I have a 4-hole harmonica. It is too simple; so, I can play simple songs only. Now, I want to know: "Is there any way to play this song with my own harmonica?".
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On learning how to play the harmonica for the first time?

I have just bought a mini harmonica, and I am trying to learn how to play. I learned one or two easy chords by searching online. However, it is still challenging for me to play other chords. My ...
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Music notations of sounds, from harmonica?

I have these 2 audio files. They are the sounds of harmonica, from my favourite song, which I like best. The samples are: Sample 1 Sample 2 To create a music sheet for the sounds of harmonica, I ...
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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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Improving my table of contents for teaching the harmonica through videos

I am attempting to make a video book for learning harmonica using the YouTube videos, that are already uploaded by the harmonica players. Following is the categorization I created, under which I would ...
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Harmonica Tabs question

I have some songs I love and my dream is to play them on my diatonic harmonica I know how to read simple tabs like blow 1 draw 2 .....etc so is there is a way to change a song to those simple tabs I ...