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 hole, 10 hole, 22 hole, 22 hole) but from my previous searches I found that some of them, for example the 22 hole one, does not give different notes for blow and draw
I am now considering buying either a 12 or 16 hole one, but I am not sure which one is better. I had the idea that 12 hole one is standard, but it seems like the 16 hole one will give me more notes. I am thinking of getting a cheaper 16 hole rather than a slightly higher quality 12 hole one which costs about the same. The only motivation is getting more notes out of the 16 hole one for the same price, but I am not sure whether a 16 hole is a good idea
Is there a standard one used by beginners, or does it not matter whether I start practice from a 12 hole or 16 hole one?
I am also having trouble understanding the layout of the notes in a chromatic harmonica. In the tutorial given here, the coloured figure gave me the idea that hole 1 gives a C in blow and D in draw with the slider out, but later on it has this explanation:
When you BLOW you get a C.
When you DRAW you get a C# (also goes by the name Db, same tone, different name)
When you BLOW WITH THE SLIDE IN YOU GET A C#
When you DRAW WITH THE SLIDE IN YOU GET A D
Could someone please explain this to me in simple terms?
I found something similar for a 12 hole chromatic
The figure shows C as the note for both the holes 4 and 5. Is the same note located in adjacent holes in a chromatic?