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

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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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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?
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Choosing the right harmonica to fit with guitar part transposed using an alternative tuning

I play a song in standard tuning on the guitar. The song requires a 'G' harmonica. I tune the guitar down to D-G-C-F-A-D. What key of harmonica would I need for the same song in this tuning?
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Is it possible to play all melody songs on 10 hole diatonic harmonica?

I know that melody songs can be easily played on a chromatic harmonica. I have horner Chrometta 12 as well as Horner golden melody. However I feel tunes from 10 holes diatonic harmonica are better ...
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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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Can tremolo harmonica use diatonic harmonica tab?

I just bought a harmonica. It turn out to be tremolo. It has 24 holes on both sides. I want to know: Can I play diatonic harmonica tab using tremolo harmonica? If I can, do I need to convert ...
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What is the difference between 10, 16 and 24 holes harmonica?

I just bought a harmonica, it has 24 holes. When i tried to learn it, i know that there are 10, 16 and 24 holes harmonica. There are two questions that i want to ask what is the difference between ...
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is there a note location chart available for 22 hole chromatic harmonica?

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 ...
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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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Can a chromatic harmonica play double notes or triple notes?

Can a chromatic harmonica play double notes or triple notes? I wonder if it could play some of the complicated piano songs
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Can flat notes be played on a chromatic harmonica?

Can we play flat notes on a chromatic harmonica? I already know that a chromatic harmonica could play regular (natural) notes and sharp notes, but what about flat notes?
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How should I choose the key of my harmonica?

I've read few articles about it, but none of them seem to help me with this problem. Let's say we have a song in certain key - which harmonica should I choose? Let me give you an example, we have a ...
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Are low key harmonicas harder to bend?

Are lower key harmonicas (G and A, for example) technically harder to bend than the ones with a higher key, such as E or D? If so, do I need to use some other technique on lower key harmonicas in ...
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How to clean a marine band harmonica that cannot be unscrewed?

I've discussed that subject before, and you all insisted that i have to unscrew it. Now I have this marine band, you have to see to believe! Here's a folder containing all the photos that you may ...
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C harmonica: How to play high tabs without producing “noise”

I'm going to give 2 examples so you understand the point If you want to play She's Gone, how you do so? when he screams "Hey Lady...". I tried to play all the time on 8 - 9 holes doesn't sound right, ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to play “Juke - little Walter” on a diatonic harmonica key of C?

My harmonica is a marine band key of C, and i have another cheap Chinese key of D. Little Walter played Juke on a key of A harmonica and i can't find the tabs for a key of C harmonica, so is it ...
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Which key harmonica I should use for playing All along the Watchtower - By Bob Dylan (in C# minor)?

The song 'All Along The Watchtower' by Bob Dylan is in the key of C#m. Which key Harmonica should I use to play the harmonica parts in it? I wish to play the harmonica along with rhythm guitar and ...
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Why does classical music sound out of tune on a Hohner Marine Band Deluxe Harmonica?

A few months ago I tried my hand at my fathers old diatonic harmonica. Since I can sight read well and have good breathing technique as a vocalist, I found that I could make some of my favorite ...
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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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Can I play `A scale` song on a `C scale` harmonica?

Here is how to play a C scale on a harmonica. But I found a song which is in the A scale. So, is this possible: to play the A scale song on the same harmonica? If so, What would the table look like? ...
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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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What are the qualities of sound and playability of an SilverStar Harmonica?

I recently bought on impulse an harmonica, however i'm wondering how good it is in terms of sound and ease of use considering i plan using it to learn to play. It's a Hohner SilverStar Diatonic ...
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What holes are played on a diatonic harp with notation “+6#3”?

I found a blues riff tab that goes like this: -2 -3b +4 -4b +6#3 -4b -3 -2 What does it mean to blow on the sixth hole and block the third? Does that mean you are blowing in 4, 5, and 6? Why ...
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Cleaning a harmonica with a blocked note

I have a harmonica which was given to be as a gift, I have no proper experience playing and maintaining a harmonica, nor do I still have the instructions. I could blow all 9 notes but the 10th. When I ...
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Confused with Harmonica

I just learned playing Diatonic Harmonica. I find it a bit difficult to play bend on it ( I am practicing though). Someone told me that a easy way is to use Press Button Chromatic Harmonica. Is it ...
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What is the best way to introduce my 4 year old to harmonica?

My 4-year-old son just got a standard 10 hole harmonica in C from his grandmother, and I would like to give him a good start that will encourage him to enjoy playing. I myself started out just like ...
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How can I learn 48 holes tremolo harmonica?

Probably not the best harmonica to start with, but this is the one that I used to play around with when I was a kid. So, I just picked it up at the store and thought it might be easy to learn. And ...
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Noise when attempting to bend the 8th hole on a harmonica

I've noticed that when I bend on the 8th hole, weird things happen. If I blow normally, the sound is OK, but upon an attempt to bend (downwards, during the draw), the sounds stop to be melodic and all ...
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How to practice the overblow

I've managed to learn bending down somehow by trial & error but I yet have to hear my first overblow. How can I do to get the feeling for overblowing, so that I have a good start for the ...
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How does the use of tablatures impact one's learning and sight-reading abilities?

The first instrument I learned was the piano, where having sheet music in staff notation is sufficient to know exactly what you need to play. Lately, I started to learn the guitar and the harmonica, ...
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Music Cognition-Are people who play just by ear and intuition good in music cognition by natural talent?

I am learning to play the harmonica. As with so many people around the world, the approach I use is to take a song and its notes somewhere from the internet and practice it until I can play it well. ...
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Breathing practice for harmonica

What are some good breathing practices for playing the harmonica? I have been learning the harmonica for a while now, I can play small time rhymes and some songs. But when I try to get into high ...
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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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Which amplifiers for a blues harp?

I'm interested in playing the (diatonic) harmonica with the distorted sound they use in many rock and blues bands (Jason Ricci is one example among many others). From what I understand, how you hold ...

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