Hello Harmonica Lovers!
Let me tell you about the amazing sounds, that you can get from such a tiny instrument, compare to other instruments that are played. When you look at a harmonica, they don’t really look like much, some harmonicas can fit in the palm of your hand, and can get amazing sound effects, by cupping your hand over the harmonica, you can create the Wawa sound effect, for the train sound. Other harmonicas it takes both hands to hold it like the one I show here.
There are so many different styles, and shapes, of a harmonica now, compared to years ago, I covered that in a earlier post I did. The harmonica can be played soft, and mellow or it can be played loud, and wild when played through a microphone, and amplified. It can create a big sound used in a lot of blues players shows now, and in the past when they were looking for a way to project the sound of the harmonica, to compete with a electric guitar and drums.
I think a lot of people still think of the harmonic, as an instrument that was played around campfires, or sitting on front porches playing it, I believe that people still have this misconception of the harmonica today. The harmonica has come a long way from when that was true, don’t get me wrong, the harmonica is still used around campfires, and front porches.
But in present times, the harmonica is used in so many different ways, like in big acts, and on big stages, and festivals using guitar amps or P.A.’s to project the sound, now even using wireless systems, like the one I show here. Along with in-ear monitor systems that are also used now. I actually use a wireless system, and a in ear monitor systems when I perform my shows. Everything has gone high tech keeping up with the rest of the world. I still use a wired mic, and an amplifier just depending what is needed for the show.
The harmonica is a small instrument with big sound, held together with 2 screws, 2 cover plates, 2 reed plates, upper, and bottom, and 1 comb, that’s it simple right? The construction of the harmonica is simple compared to other instruments, but it’s what’s in the harmonica that makes it special, the top reed plate is the Blow plate, with brass reeds that vibrate, when you pass air through them, which creates the sound, the bottom reed plate, is the Draw plate, with brass reeds that vibrate, when you pass air through them, from drawing in with your breath, which creates the sound.
I’m going to show an example of the harmonicas construction, so you can see what I was talking about earlier, and show the 2 screws, 2 cover plates, 2 reed plates, upper, and bottom, and the comb.
Do you use a wireless system when you play harmonica?
What brand, and model do you use when playing through a wireless system?
What brand, and model do you prefer when using a wireless system?
Do you use an in ear monitor system when you play harmonica?
What brand, and model do you use when playing through a in ear monitor system?
What brand, and model do you prefer when using a in ear monitor system?
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