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I think you should start as if it is a game. Your child should be interested in this game, and its rules should be easy. There is nothing hard about creating a random sound with a harmonica, and at first it will be ok just to leave him to this. Once your son is more familiar with the instrument, you should start the main phase of the learning: Find the ...


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A tip that seems to work for many people when bending while drawing is to "pronounce" (you don't use your voice, just imagine you would) "eeeee" and "ooooo" (English pronunciation) in an alternating fashion, the former corresponding to the normal note and the latter to the bent note. I also found that you need to be sensitive (but that might just be me) to ...


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You can play the A scale on a C harmonica. But you'll have to bend overblow all the C's (♯1 (or use ♭2, if ♯1 is not available)) F's (♯4 (or substitute ♭5)) and G's (♯5 (or ♭6)) because the A Major scale goes: A B C♯ D E F♯ G♯ A. For Blues, don't raise the G. Use the A mixolydian scale ...


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All flat notes are sharp or natural notes. Ab = G# Bb = A# (Cb = B) Db = C# Eb = D# (Fb = E) Gb = F# Or, to put it another way, any flat note you might want is covered by the four "settings" of a chromatic harmonica: no-side-key or with-side-key, each used with "blow" or "draw" (i.e. breathe-out or breathe-in). See this for a list of pitches when using ...


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I read or heard something a while ago that said that Hohner Marine Bands were tuned to just intonation to sound good while chording, while Lee Oskars were set to equal temperment for better single-note playing. So, I would look into Lee Oskars. But you can tune a harmonica to get it set to your needs.


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It's been a while since I played harmonica but a C won't work for sure. You'll need either a E harmonica to play first position (or Straight harp), or an A harmo to play second position (blues style). Second position (cross harp), is a fourth higher than your tonality (that's five semitones). a key chart for harmonica The first position playing sound major ...


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It's entirely possible that the vintage harmonica is tuned differently than the modern one. The earlier one being probably closer to, or in, just intonation, while the more modern one is probably closer to, or in, equal temperament. A google search on this model, and "temperament" yielded the following disussion


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I think it depends if you want to have it as an "active instrument" and play with it, or just keep it as a nice harmonica for memory/collection. I play in one of my projects with Filip Jers, he was sponsored by Hearing harmonicas and now Suzuki harmonicas, and he tunes his harmonicas every other show. Open, clean the reads, scratch them to fix tuning, oil ...


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Take the [not rivets] pins out, clean, then put them back. Old herings super 20 were like that too, using rivets. I had a lot of them and you can just take them out and back without any problem several times. They are long they will still work. If you don't take the cover, you can't clean it properly. It's like trying to cook eggs without breaking them. ...


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Playing by ear and "intuition" is related to the field of music theory, but more practically is related to ear training and aural skills. As you suspect, some people develop this innately from an early age, but it is a skill that can be developed by a novice later in life. Here's the cliff notes version: You need to practice listening to music, singing what ...


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What you want to get into is music theory. A big part of the music theory courses (at least the ones I have taken) is interval and harmony recognition. By understanding the theory and learning to hear the intervals it will be easier to play by ear. This is however something that takes a lot of practice and yes, for some it will be easier than for others. ...


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Indeed, you need to bend notes on the diatonic harmonica because all notes are not available. And even when you'll be able to bend them, you'll find out that a few of them are still missing, and you'll then need to learn overblows to obtain them -- but you can worry about that later. You can, but don't need to bend notes on the chromatic harmonica because ...


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Answer Yes, it is possible to play it. Simply transpose the version in A to C. How do I transpose? Move every note up a minor third (three semitones). For example, A would become C (A > A# > B > C). B would become D (B > C > C# > D) and so on.


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It is indeed in Bb. Which means to play in a bluesy way, you have to suck more than blow. Go up a fourth and there's your answer. An Eb harp, which, when sucked, will give notes akin to Bb9. To play an ordinary melody, you'll use Bb, the key it's in. To play blues, you need to be a perfect fifth above/ perfect fourth below your existing harp key. So, blues ...


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If you enjoy classical, ethnic or folk music, go for the recorder. However, as you say you like rock, I'd say the harmonica is more common for this genre. Also, since you're playing at parties, I'd also choose the harmonica because it is louder than the recorder. Harmonica It's simple, but like any instrument it gets more complicated as your learn more, ...


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Drawing Picture that you are drinking milkshake through a straw that is too thin, on the third hole. Your tongue takes the form of a half-pipe. Then move slowly your tongue towards the back of your mouth, without losing pressure in your mouth. If you can whistle by drawing in air, the feeling is quite alike, but you need more strength to hold the lower ...


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Howard Levy Learn about the music of Howard Levy, who recently reunited with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Howard plays fully chromatic jazz exclusively on diatonic harmonicas, meaning he can effortlessly bend 7 notes into 12, with perfect intonation. He is the master.


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Harmonicas should be in tune when you buy them, and should stay in tune for a long time. Tuning them is not something you should expect to do often. However, it is possible. You need to open it up to expose the reeds. You can remove metal from a reed using a filing tool, and you can add small amounts of solder to the end of a reed. To sharpen a note, ...


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You may not be able, easily, to play this ,in A, on a C harp.But there is probably no point. Just play it in the key of the harp you have. When you find the tab, it will still be playable, but you will be in a different key. This will only be a problem if other people want to play along with you, but that's a sort of inherent problem for most harmonica ...


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The kind you have chosen is certainly not the most common... I am myself biased toward the push button chromatic harmonica. There are several models of harmonica with two rows of 24 holes. This can be a tremolo but also a chord harmonica or a (tremolo) octave harmonica. Makers propose them in one, two or several tonalities. Would be great if you tell us ...


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For ear-training you could follow the basic procedure used by Suzuki students. At first, play melody lines you already know really well, anything from nursery rhymes to pop songs to Christmas carols. Start with something simple like Twinkle Twinkle, pick a starting note and try to reconstruct the tune. Be kind to yourself and go a couple of notes at a time; ...


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A valve (or tube) amp will give you the best tone. Tubes distort differently, and more pleasantly, than transistors do---this has to do with which overtones the distortion emphasizes. While solid-state amps have gotten much better over the years at mimicking tube distortion, they're still not really there yet. Obviously, you already have an amp you can ...


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I would recommend to practice the breathing as it is done with some of the woodwinds and brass. Here are some basic guidelines: Don't try to play a song as the first thing when you get your hands on the harmonica. Learn how to breathe with the diaphragm. Many of us don't really know that this is the best way to breathe, regardless of the goal. Play lots ...


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Listening to music and trying to play it (with or without sheet music) is a primary way to gain an understanding of music. But I can't recommend enough reading about music theory and ideas. Though I can't agree with or understand completely everything they say, the famous composers Paul Hindemith and Arnold Shoenberg have very interesting books on music ...


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This must be because you are attempting an overdraw instead of an ordinary bend and are not there yet. You bend the 8th hole down by blowing, not drawing. I think you will experience the same problem if you attempt an overblow on the 4th hole.


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Well, practising sight-reading with standard sheet music less will not give you the same results as practising it more. The question is, is it important to you? If you can convert everything to tabs, is there a need to read sheet music? I personally use only tabs for guitar, because it's a more efficient format. It conveys hand position as well as the ...


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A great source for intro to blues harp (and general musicianship) is Adam Gussow's channel on YouTube. He comes in with the intention of giving it all away, and by goodness he comes close. Someone put together a list of all the lessons in order, which is easier to go through than YouTube's interface.


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At four years old free play is best, with age appropriate instruments. You can get some really cute little percussion instruments and whistles made for tiny hands, and you can make instruments with beans for shakers, etc. Formal learning and games can come later, at about six once his musical ability is more developed. I'd also suggest lots of singing of ...


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If it worked at one time, this page will probably have your solution. A blow note that doesn't work is generally solved by cleaning a little fuzz or hair out of the reed.


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There are videos online which detail this, but the key is, the longer the reed, the deeper the note. Problem is, of course, that it is easy to sharpen a note and hard to make it flatter. And yes, you have to open up the harp to get to the reeds, but that is just two screws. Or, entry level harmonica are like $5 and my Marine Band was $20, so they are very ...



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