Questions tagged [harmonica]

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

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Why are notes on the harmonica laid out the way they are?

This is a chart of a standard ten hole diatonic harmonica in the key of G that I copied from Wikipedia: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 blow: |G|B|D |G|B|D|G |B|D|G | draw: |A|D|F#|...
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How to avoid excessive saliva when playing the harmonica?

When playing the harmonica for more than a few minutes, I'll often run into the problem where I produce way too much saliva, which all ends up inside the harmonica itself. Sometimes this even clogs ...
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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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Note bending on harmonica

I'm trying to learn to play the harmonica, and one thing I haven't quite figured out is how to consistently bend notes. (I can only hit two and three draw, inconsistently, for a semitone, and can only ...
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How do I clean my harmonica without taking it apart?

I have seen many videos on "how to clean harmonicas", but in all of them, you have to take the harmonica apart, clean it and reassemble it. The thing is there's no marine band harmonica in my country....
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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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How to Tune a 10-hole Harmonica?

My harmonica went out of tune, what should I do? Do i need to dissemble it for tuning?
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Choice of Wind Instrument for self learning

I've been playing the piano (learning on my own) for over 2 years now and I would call myself above novice. I can't read sheet music but I have a good ear. However, I was diagnosed with a problem and ...
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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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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?".