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

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Chromatic harmonica slider becomes less smooth after playing for about 30min

I have a Suzuki Chromatix SCX64 16-hole chromatic harmonica. Recently I find that the slider becomes less smooth (or even gets stuck somehow) after I play for about 30 minutes. I tried disassembling ...
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Does tilting the angle of the harmonica affect when overblowing?

I just read a question about overblow on harmonica. One answer gave me the impression that the direction of the air stream should be directed at the bottom reed instead of the top reed. If that is the ...
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Harmonica help please

I am unsure of what harmonica key is played, I think I am playing the right harmonica and I can get the first note and some others but I can’t seem to get all. Maybe I’m using the wrong one? The ...
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harmonica notes/tuning

Of the many 10-hole harmonicas I have, only one enables me to play almost all of the true notes in a song: The one I refer to is a Hohner which I have misplaced, having owned it for 40 years: It has ...
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Diatonic Minor Harmonicas?

Played the other night with a harp player who mentioned harps that he had in minor keys. Sadly, never had chance to hear them used. Since there are different notes involved in minor keys, which would ...
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Why is F sharp the only sharp Major Diatonic Harmonica offered and why is there no G flat harmonica?

I tune my guitar half step flat to make it easier to sing the songs I love to play. I also play harmonica along with guitar on many songs that feature a harmonica solo (Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" ...
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Which harmonica to accompany guitar tuned 1/2 step down?

I am a guitar player and I am thinking of trying some harmonica (mouth organ) as well. My guitar is tuned to half step down: E♭ (D♯, G♯, C♯, F♯, A♯, D♯) and ...
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Harmonica on blues should be same Key as guitar?

I love blues and everytime I listen to harp (harmonica) on some Sonny Terry with Brownie McGhee for example, I really want to play Harp, the problem is how to know which Key, should I be based on the ...
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Soft popping noises when switching notes on the harmonica? (Probably because of saliva)

I've been learning to play the harmonica for a couple of months now (on and off, honestly), and whenever I switch to different notes there's this soft popping/bubbly sound because of the saliva--how ...
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What is the pattern of a C harmonica's layout? [duplicate]

See below a diagram of an ordinary C harmonica. I'm trying to understand the layout and how it makes sense. Patterns I see: The blow holes are CEG, CEG, CEG, C.....so the notes of a root position C ...
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What tabs are for a Hohner Unsere Lieblinge 32 hole harmonica?

I just got my first harmonica, a Hohner Unsere Lieblinge 32 hole. What kind of beginner tabs can I use?
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Learning eastern european music style on harmonica?

I am a beginner harmonica player. I bought recently a C harmonica and subscribed to two online learning courses. After a few weeks, I noticed I would prefer to learn some Eastern European/gypsy ...
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Recording guitar & voice simultaneously: which microphone type(s)? [closed]

I wanna record some songs, which I sing and play on the acoustic guitar (+ some harmonica here and there). I wanna get two microphones: one for the guitar and one for my voice/harmonica, in order to ...
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Self-built reeds for Blues Harp

A reed of my C blues harp went broken and I don't have the opportunity to replace the harp or the reed board until I need it. As a improvised solution, I thought of cutting a reed-shaped piece out of ...
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Choosing the right harmonica and key

My husband is a seasoned singer songwriter and I want to buy him a harmonica for Christmas. He tunes a half step down (keeps one guitar in regular setup and another guitar in open G, though still ...
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Only one key possible to play in for harmonicas?

Harmonicas are always tuned in a certain key. Does that mean that I can only play songs in that key on it or that it is just harder to play something written in a different key?
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Ways to accurately transcribe audible music to tabs

What are some common ways people take music and create tabs for their respective instruments? For example If I were to take a musicians rendering of a song ( ) what ...
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Harmonica for pop music chords

Are there harmonica types out there that play the chords most frequently used in pop music—the 1, 4, 5 and 6 minor, or in the key if C, they chords of C, F, G and Am? A standard blues harp harmonica ...
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Harmonica - high draw note won't sound

I have a strange situation in which i can't seem to play the draw (an 8 draw on a D harp) AT ALL on lip pursing, although i can do all the other notes, even the high ones. But it's not broken because ...
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How do I learn and remember the notes on a 48 hole harmonica? [closed]

I have a M.Brother Flying Eagle 48 hole harmonica. I play guitar, so I know some music theory but I don't know if it's a chord or a tremolo harmonica. How do I know which it is? Also, how can I learn ...
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Is it possible to make a single free reed that plays on both air directions?

If you open an accordion, you will find that for every button there are two reeds, one which plays when in the pull direction of the bellows and one in the push. Sometimes these reeds are tuned to ...
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How do I sustain long draw notes on a Harmonica?

I love the drone you can get fron a harmonica if you sustain the note for a long time. However, I'm not sure how to keep the note sustained for a long time without having to breath. I read about ...
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Hero harmonica, 16 holes double reed, what type is it?

I have this harmonica, 16 holes double reed, a Hero brand. I am not sure what type of harmonica this is, tremolo or chromatic or whatever else. So, anyone having the same harmonica or knows about this ...
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Semitones in tremolo harmonica

I looked all the internet to get this question answered, but it's hopeless. How can I play notes with accidentals – sharp, flats/bemol – in my 24-hole tremolo harmonica, I want to play this, How can I ...
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Which spots of a melody are the best places to breathe during harmonica playing?

I'm practicing the song below: But when I reach the middle of the 6th bar, there's almost no air remaining in my lungs (right after E-C). The problem is that I need to breathe, say, inhale, somewhere ...
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Do 16 hole chromatic harmonicas exist in the key of F?

Some songs are in the key of F so trying to fill in or accompany the singer on a key of C harmonica is nearly impossible. I have a chromatic harmonica in the key of F but it"s only a 12 hole so doesn'...
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Harmonica : what is a bend -4''?

I'm surprised seeing a -4'' bend on this page : https://www.harptabs.com/song.php?ID=16307 Does it exists ? -4' is Db so -4'' is C, +4 in fact ? Btw, replacing -4'' by +4 sounds right. What have I ...
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Diatonic vs chromatic harmonica

The hohner super chromonica has the pattern Do re mi fa sol la ti do ^ | ^ | ^ | | ^ | v | v | v v | ____ ____ ____ ___ ...
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How to fix a not-working key on a Hohner Melodica

Hohner Melodica is a 50s-era keyboard instrument which sounds close to a harmonica and which you play with your mouth. Cool-looking, but the one I got from someone to review has a non-working G#. It's ...
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Get started with a tremolo Harmonica

So i got the SUZUKI Winner 20-Holes harmonica, not the best option for a beginner as i figured so i dont know where to start as i am totally new to playing music as well, checked YouTube and the major ...
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Chromonica (chromatic harmonica) notes relating to holes

I have several chromonicas from the 50s/60s, and none seem to be 'standard'. There is only the one C/B hole in each octave, whereas it appears that standard includes two C holes (in a C instrument) ...
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Which is more affordable and easier to maintain a harmonica or a recorder?

I wanted to buy a harmonica or a recorder, as they are what i found interesting the most out of wind instruments.my budget is low at about 300 egyptian pounds, which is about20$. I have seen what ...
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Why does the blow/draw sequence reverse between B and C on the chromatic harmonica?

An octave of C Major on a standard chromatic harmonica is laid out this way: [ (n) == Draw ] C - 1 | D (1) | E -2 | F - (2) | G - 3 | A - (3) | B - (4) | C - 4 Why is the sequence of Blow-Draw-...
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C Minor Chord on a Chromatic Harmonica in the key of C

Simple Question: I have a chromatic harmonica tuned to the key of C, with a slide that raises each note by one half step. It's very similar to a piano, with some exceptions: slide out == white keys; ...
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Is Harmonica Mugig 10-hole 20-tone Blues Harp similar to the others in view of blows and draws?

I've just started learning to play (diatonic) harmonica, and here is my Mugig 10-hole 20-tone Blues Harp: Its instruction manual illustrates the note pattern as the following: But it actually ...
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Leaky brand new Hohner Blues Harp?

I started playing harmonica about 6 months ago, on a Hohner Marine Band. I quickly learned to play clean, single notes, and draw bends have become second nature (I'm starting to integrate blow bends, ...
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Harmonica key advice sought

Could someone please clarify something for me... I'm a singer and far from being a harmonica player but I can bend a draw and find my way around. A song that my band wants to play has a little bit of ...
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How should I deal with enharmonics on the Chromatic Harmonica?

I have sheet music for a song that is in the key of Eb Major; three flats. To play these notes on a chromatic harmonica I have to transpose those three flats ( E, B and A) to sharps (D,A & G), I ...
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Making 12 bar blues more interesting

I'm trying to write a blues song for my GCSE composition. I'm trying to make it sound like Led Zeppelin crossed with Muddy Waters' Harmonica. At the moment the piece contains the following instruments:...
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Harmonica 1St position

Beginning harp player ... I just bought my first new harmonica it came today and it is labeled in the first position key I understand now that labeled in the second key is better? Can someone please ...
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Am-Dm-Am-E songs (usually powerful folk songs) what key could they be in? What diatonic blues harp or penny whistle to use?

Examples include some (best ^_^) interpretations of Katyusha, La Llorona, Bella Ciao, Cariñito etc. They often go into short C-major type sequences during emphasis so everything points to an Am scale. ...
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Choice of the names of the notes for harmonica tuned in keys different from C

I was looking around the website of one of the most important maker of harmonica and I checked the tuning chart of an harmonica in the A key. I am beginning to study harmonica and expected to find on ...
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Does anyone know what kind of Harmonica I would need to play this song(Link in the description)?

I've heard that to play this, I would need a diatonic B flat harmonica but I don't really know. Please help!
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Help with notes of chromatic harmonica!! I have only 3 days to practise!

I have to play the game of thrones main tune . I have a chromatic Harmonica 24 hole in total. I researched and got this tutorial from the web . But I don't understand where are the c d e f g a b c ...
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Advice for first harmonica

Please tell me: for a beginner, which type of harmonica I should buy? Without knowing I have bought a Walther Harmonica, and both side has 48 holes. One side has a written C, and the other side G. ...
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Harmonica beginner

I live in UP India and want to learn harmonica and I own a tower chromatic harmonica. Is it good for learning? Or do I need a key C diatonic 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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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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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 hole,...
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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 ...