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Questions tagged [harmonica]

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

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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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How do I keep my spit out of my harmonica? [duplicate]

I've been fooling with my new set of harmonicas, but I'm having trouble with them because they are filling up with spit. What can I do to prevent this problem?
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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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Why does my Hohner Crossovers' holes differ?

I had one Hohner Crossover for a while now, and today I got another one (different) key. But the new one's comb at the holes are shaped different. They are not as flat as the first one I have. I have ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How can a harmonica make some different sounds?

I have read this article in which the author doesn't mention the physical calculation which makes a harmonica to be played with a full octave. Now, I want to know about the physical calculations for ...
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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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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 chart ...
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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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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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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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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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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. We'...
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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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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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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?