Blues Harmonicas!

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.

Hohner Blues Harp, key of Bb

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!


Hohner Blues Harmonica key of C

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?

Do you need help picking out a Blues Harmonica?

Would you purchase a Blues harmonica through my website?

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4 thoughts on “Blues Harmonicas!

  1. I do love a good harmonica player and am always amazed at the beauty they can elicit out of this instrument, many times while they are doing something else, like drumming with their feet, dancing, etc. Your article was delightfully informative and I enjoyed learning more about the harmonica. I’m a pianist, so music has always been important to me. I had a toy harmonica as a kid, but I think I’ll stick with my piano for now! Thanks for your great article!

    1. Hi Dana,

      Thanks for your kind comments, but when you make comments you need to ask questions about the content, not telling them that you liked their page, or site. That’s for the feedback section to compliment people. The reason I’m telling you this is because, I got blocked twice, for disapproved comments because I didn’t ask questions about their content. I don’t want you to get blocked, anyone else would have disapproved you comment, but I’m not going to do that to you. I hope this helps you out, if there’s anything I can do to help you, please ask me. That’s awesome you play the piano, I have a Melodica, I’m trying to learn, which if I knew how to play the keyboard, I could play it, but I don’t. Lol

      Have a blessed day!


  2. Howdy Larry,

    I wonder if there is any history behind the diatonic harmonica. Is there any origin or a story being told that it is from Asia and America for Richter and blues-harp respectively? It’s very interesting getting to know how they came about back in the days. Having said that, I think it’s great to have one for music synchronization.

    1. Hi Tar, There is, history about the diatonic harmonica, on my page, there’s highlighted content, if you click on it, that will take you to Wiki diatonica harmonica, and you will find everything there, you were asking about, check it out.

      Have a blessed night!


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