Hello Harmonica Lovers!
I’m going to tell you about blues harmonicas, which most harmonica players use when playing the blues.
The Richter-tuned harmonica, or 10-hole harmonica (in Asia) or blues harp (in America), is the most widely known type of harmonica. It is a variety of a diatonic harmonica, with ten holes, which offer the player 19 notes total, (10 holes times a draw, and a blow, for each hole, minus one repeated note) in a three-octave range.
The standard diatonic harmonica is designed to allow a player to play chords, and melody in a single key, diatonic harmonicas are available in all keys.
“Playing in different keys”
Playing the harmonica in the key to which it is tuned, is known as “Straight Harp,” or “first position” playing. For example, playing music in the key of C, on a C-tuned harmonica, using mostly blow notes, and chords.
More common (especially in blues and rock) is “Cross Harp,” or “second position” playing which involves playing in the key which is a fourth below, the key of the harmonica (for example, on a C tuned harmonica, a second position blues, would be in G, for the guitar, or music being played. This is is because the notes of the G pentatonic scale, (a commonly used scale in blues, and rock) that are more easily accessible on a C-tuned harmonica. The lower notes, of harmonicas in the lower keys, (G through C) are easier to bend, but take more wind. Since much of Cross harp is played by breathing in, it’s important to blow out lots of air on every exhaled note, and during every pause.
Here’s some examples of blues harmonicas, that you can look at , and purchase at amazon through my website. If you need help finding the correct harmonica, for you, or as a gift for someone, please don’t hesitate to ask me for advice, I want your experience with my website to be pleasurable, and fun!
These are just some of the Hohner Blues Harmonicas, that they offer in different sizes, and kinds. You can view more choices by clicking here> blues harmonicas !
Here’s some Famous Blues Players, that play blues harmonica, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson 11, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield, Sonny Terry, Carey Bell, Sugar Blue, Kim Wilson, George harmonica Smith, Rod Piazza, and more.
Have you ever heard of Sonny Boy Williamson?
Have you ever played Blues Harmonica?
Did you know what Cross Harp meant?
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