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 chromatic
I have been searching for hours and I can find ones for diatonic and 12 hole chromatic, but not for a 22 hole one
Could anybody point me in the right direction?
Thank you


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Like you, I've searched for a while for information about 22-hole chromatic harmonicas. The only 22-hole instruments I've found information about don't have different blow and draw notes for each hole. Instead, instruments such as the Unica 22-hole chromatic harmonica have two, rather than four notes, for each hole. (Usually, a chromatic harmonica has 4 notes for each hole: blow and draw notes without using the slide; and blow and draw notes using the slide.) The Unica instrument produces the same pitch when a particular hole is blown or drawn. This gives two notes per hole; one with and one without using the slide.

This website (which I gather you found, too) has charts for a wide range of different types of chromatic harmonicas. One of these is a 22-hole, 44-reed, 44-tone slide harmonica, which is of the type I mention above. Below is a picture of this instrument (showing the 22 holes) and the fingering chart for this instrument (showing just two notes for each hole - i.e. slide out and slide in):

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As I say, this is the only fingering chart I've managed to find for any 22-hole chromatic harmonica. If your instrument produces the same notes for blow and draw on any particular hole, this might be the correct note location chart. If not, I'm as stumped as you are...

  • I had found this page, but that figure doesn't show which ones are blow and which ones are draw
    – user13267
    Aug 16, 2014 at 15:16
  • Aha! This instrument doesn't have blow and draw notes, it only has "one tone per one hole". Does your instrument have blow and draw notes for each hole? Aug 16, 2014 at 15:20
  • This question perplexes me, as I have several harmonicas, mostly Hohner. However, they're about 1,000 miles away right now, so when I get home, I'll play them all and report back... But I feel that most will produce the standard scale, with the scale a semitone out with the button pressed. Watch this space.
    – Tim
    Aug 16, 2014 at 17:59
  • Cheers, Tim. As ever, you are the font of all knowledge! Aug 16, 2014 at 21:08
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    Ah, well if that is your main question, I would say go for the 12-hole, these are the conventional chromatic harmonicas, with conventional (blow and draw) note location. As far as I can tell, the 22 hole doesn't give you more notes; they are just cheaper because there are no air valves, as each hole only has the same pitch for blow and draw notes. Aug 17, 2014 at 0:14

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