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Harmonica Beginners!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Harmonica Beginners” Starting off Right!

(Choosing your first Harmonica)

 

I’m going to be talking about harmonica beginners and how to get started the correct way.  To start with to learn how to play the harmonica as a beginner you need to choose a quality harmonica and spend a few more dollars than trying to buy and learn from a cheap harmonica.

Harmonicas that are less expensive tend to be not airtight which makes them harder to play and harder to learn on.  Harmonicas that are a little bit more expensive are airtight and designed to be more comfortable in your mouth to play because of the curved cover plates and the flush design on the face of the harmonica it makes it mustache friendly also. The harmonica I would suggest for you to purchase is a Hohner Special 20 key of C which you can purchase right here through my website click here>hohner special 20 if you decide you would prefer a different harmonica rather than the one that I suggested you can also find those through this link> harmonicas.

(Holding the Harmonica)

When you’re holding the harmonica in your hand you want to make it feel comfortable in your hand which I wrote in an earlier page about the proper way to hold the harmonica with pictures  and instructions that you can see here>Hand Positions for Holding a Harmonica!

 

Step 1 correct

Step 2 correct

 

Step 3 correct mouth over the harmonica
Step 4 incorrect mouth in front of the harmonica

(First position playing on the Harmonica)

Everyone that starts to learn to play the harmonica for the first time starts right here with first position playing which is also called (Straight Harp) meaning that you blow most of the notes when you’re playing in the harmonica. You start playing simple songs like “row row row your boat” and “Mary had a little lamb” simply songs like those you learn chords and single note playing which I wrote an earlier post on learning to play the harmonica that you can see here>Learn Harmonica!

(Straight Harp)

Howard Levy teaching you how to play the first song you need to learn when starting out to play the harmonica “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.”

(Second position playing on the Harmonica)

This position of playing the harmonica is often referred to as (Cross Harp) meaning that you draw most of the notes instead of blowing the notes on the harmonica which allows you to do more on the harmonica like bending notes which is what you hear a lot of blues harmonica players doing using this technique. You can bend notes in first position also but it not used as much as it is in blues music. Other styles of music other than blues like country or rock use the second position playing as well. There are more positions on the harmonica but those are more advanced and I will be talking about the other positions of playing the harmonica in a future post.

 

(Cross Harp)

This is a training video on how to play in the cross-harp position or second position playing.

Have you ever wanted to play the harmonica?

Did you know about the different positions of playing a harmonica?

Have you ever heard the term Straight Harp playing?

Have you ever heard the term Cross Harp playing?

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

Play Harmonica like the Greats!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about how to play harmonica like the greats like the title says. To play harmonica like a great harmonica player it takes time, patience and proper instructions to become a great harmonica player.

Every great harmonica player had to start from the beginning just like someone starting out to learn to play the harmonica for the first time. I wrote an earlier post on that subject that you can check out here>Learn Harmonica!

A lot of the earlier great harmonica players from the past didn’t have access to all the great harmonica teaching like they have now because of technology and the internet. Most of the harmonica players back then just learned from trial and error and imitating sounds that they heard on the radio.

Little Walter probably learned to play the harmonica by listening to vinyl records and imitating the other instruments that he heard on the record. Little Walter played a Hohner Marine Band Original 1896 Classic because that is what was available back then in the 1800’s.

Here’s an example of the harmonica he played back then click on the image for pricing! 

Today you can learn to play like the great harmonica players of the past and present by online instructions from professional harmonica instructor’s that can teach you the proper way to learn the harmonica,

You can also go online a bring up videos of great harmonica players and watch and play along with them. But of course to do this you would at least need to know the basics of playing the harmonica which I gave you in a link above in a highlighted text “learn harmonica”.

Here’s a video of Little Walter that you can watch and play to if you have the skills to.

 

This is one of Little Walter’s most famous songs “Juke”

Have you ever hear a great harmonica player?

Have you ever heard of Little Walter?

Have you ever played a Hohner Marine Band Original 1896?

What kind of harmonica do you play?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding  new and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonica.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Bending! WOW!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about harmonica bending which always seems to be a subject that beginning harmonica players are scared of. Bending notes on a harmonica gives you that bluesy sound out of the harmonica that you hear a lot in blues and rock music.

There are some other kinds of music that use the technique of bending also such as Country Blues, and Jazz which Stevie Wonder who was famous for bending the chromatic harmonica. Normally the diatonic harmonica is the one most used in bending but the chromatic harmonica can be bent also like I talked about earlier with Stevie Wonder I wrote an earlier post about him that you can check out here>More famous Harmonica Players

“Bending”

The technique of bending changes the pressure of the airflow which allows the harmonica player to bend the pitch of the higher tuned reed down towards the pitch of the lower tuned reed.

  • Diatonic Harmonica – holes 1-6 can be bent down by drawing in on the harmonica and holes 7-10 can be bent by blowing on the harmonica.
  • Chromatic Harmonica- holes 1-7 can be bent on draw & blow notes both. Holes 8-11 can only be bent on draw notes.  Hole 12 can only be bent  on blow notes.
  • Draw Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the back of your tongue keeping  the air flow at the back of the tongue.
  • Blow Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the front of the tongue slightly keeping the airflow slightly behind the teeth.  

The hole that can be  bent the most is hole 3 on a C harmonica you can draw bend the hole from an Ab down to a G# an in between those notes.

Here’s a video on harmonica bending so you can see and hear an example of bending.

 

 

Have you ever heard of bending on the harmonica?

Have you ever heard a harmonica player do bending on the harmonica?

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Tunes!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

 

This post is going to be on harmonica tunes for beginners, first of all you need a C harmonica, as most songs are in that key to start off with, when playing Straight Harp for simply melodies like “Mary had a little Lamb” and “Row, Row, Row your Boat.” Some of the easiest song to learn are these below. I have an example of a couple of the songs below, “Row, Row, Row your Boat” and “Mary had a Little Lamb”

 

  • Amazing Grace
  • Home On The Range
  • Oh Susanna
  • Heart Of Gold
  • Hey Jude
  • Piano Man
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • Happy Birthday

“Row, Row, Row your Boat”  key of C Harmonica (B-Blow)  (D-Draw)

4B 4B 4B 4D 5B                                                                                                                                                       5B 4D 5B 5D 6B                                                                                                                                                       7B 7B 7B 6B 6B 6B                                                                                                                                                   5B 5B 5B 4B 4B 4B                                                                                                                                                   6B 5D 5B 4D 4B

As you can see from the example above, this is what they call First Position Playing, which is also referred to as Straight Harp Playing, which is mostly blow notes when played on the harmonica. Here’s another example of a beginners song “Mary had a Little Lamb” (B-Blow) (D-Draw)

5B 4D 4B 4B 5B 5B 5B                                                                                                                                           4D 4D 4D 5B 6B 6B                                                                                                                                                 5B 4D 4B 4D 5B 5B 5B                                                                                                                                           4D 4D 5B 4D 4B

 

As you can see, there are a lot of similarity of the song above this one “Row,Row,Row your Boat” has basically the same pattern of Blow,and Draw for First position Playing. This is also a lot of Melody Songs, to learn the basics on the harmonica, everyone starts  here when they start, learning to play the harmonica.  I did when I first started to learn the harmonica, you have to start from somewhere. I would suggest to purchase a quality harmonica to start off with, the Hohner Special 20 key of C is a really good harmonica from beginners to professionals.   It’s better to spend a little more money, to get a quality harmonica,  which will make it a lot easier, and more pleasurable to learn on, than a cheaper harmonica that is not airtight. You can purchase a quality harmonica from my website Here>Quality Harmonica!

I hope this post helps someone out, that may be thinking about learning to play the harmonica!

Have you ever wanted to learn the harmonica?

Have you ever tried to play the harmonica?

Have you heard other people play the harmonica?

Would you purchase a harmonica from my website?

Do you need help finding the right harmonica?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments, or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, and please come back in the future as I’m always adding new ,and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Review on the Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be telling you about, the “Hohner Special 20,” a responsive, superior bending, rich tone, and comes with a durable airtight plastic comb. This harmonica has become the harmonica of choice, for recording artist, John Popper (Blues Traveler Band).

In 2015 John Popper, changed his brand of harmonicas, to a John Popper signature harmonica, made by Fender, but he still likes the hohner special 20. The Hohner Special 20 is one of his favorite harmonicas, out of the box, but now, he plays a custom harmonica, designed by fender. That was made especially, for him, and his playing technique, and style.

Most harmonica players that enjoy a wide variety of genres, from country, folk, to rhythm and blues, this would be a harmonica that I would recommend. I personally use, and prefer the Hohner Special 20, it’s one of my favorite harmonicas. It is available in 12 major keys, as well as a special Country Tuning, which features, a major 7th, when played in the cross harp position, that some of the other brands, don’t offer,  in this special tuning.

 

The pricing, on the Hohner Special 20 harmonica, is comparable to most out of the box harmonicas,  for the quality that comes from them. I wrote an earlier post on pricing, check it out here> different pricing of harmonicas that you can purchase, through my website.

The Hohner Special 20 harmonicas, are the harmonicas, that I use the most, when I perform. They have a good, clean sound, easy to play, rounded cover plates, makes it comfortable to play, plastic comb, more durable, and can withstand conditions of the weather,  better than the wood combs, that swell and shrink in weather. All around a great harmonica, for beginners to professionals, this would be one of my, top picks of harmonicas.

Click on the Image below for pricing, and description.

Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

Have you ever played, a hohner special 20?

Do you like, the hohner special 20?

What do you like, about the hohner special 20?

What kind, of harmonica do you use?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

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Larry

Different Pricing of Harmonicas

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Harmonica Prices”

I’m going to talking about the best harmonica for the price depending on the quality and craftsmanship of the harmonica. Harmonicas range from $10 to $100 or more depending on if it’s a custom harmonica which can be more expensive than a manufacture like Hohner or Lee Oskar or Suzuki these brands have harmonicas that are in the range around $60 but purchased through my website they range around $40 so you save money. Ok less talk about the less expensive harmonicas and the craftsmanship and price of these harmonicas.

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A less expensive harmonica would be a Silver Swan diatonic 10-hole harmonica that sells for around $10 with S&H purchased from my website normally around $15. Harmonicas that are less expensive are not airtight which makes them harder to play and you must put more air through them but are still a playable harmonica. It’s all about what you’re looking for in a harmonica and personal choice.

One of my favorite harmonicas and the one I use mostly in my Shows is the Hohner Special 20 Major Diatonic 10- hole harmonica which sells for about $60 but purchased through my website they sell for about $40 you save money again. The Hohner Special 20 is used by Harmonica Great “John Popper” from the (Blues Travelers Band) and other great harmonica players.

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The Special 20 is a Quality harmonica that is airtight and easy to play right out of the box and easy to bend notes this harmonica is used in Rock, Country, Blues & Folk music. I prefer the Hohner Special 20 over the Hohner Marine Band because I perform a lot of shows on the beaches of Florida which has salty ocean air which is not good for your harmonicas especially the Hohner Marine Band because it has a wood comb in it which causes swelling and shrinking where the Hohner Special 20 has a plastic comb and can withstand the elements of the weather better than the wood comb. I covered this in an earlier post about the care of your harmonica!  

The Marine Band 1896/20 named for the year it was brought into the harmonica world famous for its twenty reeds this harmonica has been one of the most popular models from Hohner for years. The Marine Band has a wood comb which I mentioned earlier that can swell and shrink so better used indoors than outdoors. Some of the harmonica greats that play this harmonica are Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Little Walter this harmonica is used for Blues and Rock primarily. Over the years Hohner has perfected their craft and introduced several new models that can handle the elements of the weather better such as the Hohner Crossover which has a bamboo comb and is sealed for avoiding moisture which causes swelling and shrinking in the Marine Band. I have an earlier post on Hohner Crossover that you can check out tells you all about the hohner crossover harmonica and all the upgrades that it has and it’s pricing.

Please let me know what you think about the different pricing of harmonicas?

Please let me know what you think about the difference in the qualities of the harmonicas that I talked about?

What kind of price and quality do you prefer in a harmonica?

I would love to hear your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new & exciting content!

Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

The Care of your Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Take Care of your Harmonica)

I’m going to be talking about harmonica maintenance taking care of your harmonica so that it performs better and is clean inside and out to be able to give you a long enjoyable time with your harmonica. It also allows you to not have to replace your harmonicas so quickly. Just like other wind instruments harmonicas get moisture in them which can create a problem when playing them it also can create rust on the outside cover plate. The best way to keep your harmonica clean while playing it is to tap your harmonica on your hand to get the moisture out then wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Always store your harmonicas in a case the best cases are hard cases to protect your harmonica from the weather and from dropping it and keeping it from dust. If you look into a single case for your harmonica you can choose the one you need they come in hard and soft style if you need a case for more than one harmonica you might want to look into cases for harmonicas in different sizes and styles which can store 12 diatonic a couple of larger harmonicas and even a your microphone it’s a smart investment.

Here’s a picture of a couple of harmonica cases that mentioned above!


Harmonica Case (Hard Style) holds 12 diatonic harmonicas and one Chromatic harmonica
Harmonica Case (Soft Style) ‘holds one diatonic harmonica


Avoid extreme temperatures if you’re using wood comb harmonicas as they are susceptible to temperature change subjected to shrinking and swelling. Plastic combs are more tolerant to weather and temperatures and have a longer lifespan than the wood combs. Avoid excessive moisture (NEVER DUNK YOUR HARMONICAS INTO WATER, BEER OR ANY KIND OF LIQUID!) Even if it’s a plastic comb harmonica it can rust the reed plates, reeds, bolts and screws. Avoid dust and any other particles in your harmonicas dust can interfere with the movement of the reed making it sound different. Never eat and play your harmonicas food particles can clog up your harmonica. Avoid the Beach if possible salty air can cause rust on your reeds which shortens the lifespan of the harmonica.

Routine Cleaning: After playing your harmonica shake it a little bit and tap it against the palm of your hand to knock the moisture out of it wipe it off with a clean soft cloth. Every so often use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean the cover plates and mouthpiece

Heavy Cleaning: 1: Lay a towel down remove cover plate screws some cover plates use Phillips head screws and some use Flat head screws use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws from the cover plates “don’t lose the screws.” Spray both sides of the cover plates with rubbing alcohol then wipe with a clean soft cloth.
2: Remove reed plates: remove screws from the reed plates and place in a safe place for reassembly.

3: Soak the reed plates: soak the reed plates in a solution of warm water and vinegar or lemon juice let soak for a half hour.

4: Clean the comb: while the red plates are soaking clean the comb with soap & water if it’s a plastic comb use a soft toothbrush to remove the deposits off the comb. You can also spray the comb with rubbing alcohol and brush it with a soft toothbrush.

5: Clean the reed plates: Remove the reed plates from the soaking solution use a soft toothbrush to brush the reed plate gently brush the reed plates along the reed from the rivets down don’t brush against the reeds or snag it this can damage the reeds. Then run the reed plates under warm water to rinse it off.

6: Reassemble: Let all parts of the harmonica dry completely before reassembly tighten all the screw evenly and gradually before tightening them as far as they go. make sure you put you put the right screws into the reed plates & cover plates they are different screws.

 

“TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT AND IT WILL HAVE A LONG HAPPY LIFE!”

Please let me know what you think about my post on the care of your harmonica?

Have you ever used any of these suggestions on the care of your harmonica?

How long do your harmonicas last?

I would love to hear your feedback and know what you think please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content to my website!

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Lessons! Books, Online or Private Lessons!

 

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Harmonica lessons) “Where do I Start”

Hello harmonica Lovers, harmonica lessons are a very interesting  and broad subject. There’s a lot to choose from starting with simple books that are very informative and cost effective you can get them from your local retailer or online through my website right here>harmonica books some examples would be”Harmonica for Dummies” by Winslow Yerxa  $17.99 or Harmonica for Beginners kit 64 page book, (10) hole harmonica & Instructional CD for $9.01. Books come in different styles of harmonica Playing like Blues, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Jazz & Classical. Online courses can be accessed for “Free” Through different Instructors a couple of examples would be JP Allen and Howard Levy  or you can purchase more in depth courses on online to further your skills. You can also choose to have an Professional Instructor teach you 1 on 1 which is probably one of the fastest ways to learn but not as cost effective here’s an earlier post i did on harmonica lessons what’s hot & what’s not that you can check uot here>Harmonica Lesson! 


 

 

Hohner Kids PL-106 Musical Toys Play and Learn Harmonica
Harmonica For Dummies


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Have you ever taken harmonica lessons?

Did you know about harmonica lessons?

Did you know about the different ways of lessons?

Have you ever used any of these methods to learn to play the harmonica?

Would you consider purchasing a harmonica book or DVD from my website?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and i will replay as soon as possible.

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

One of the Best “Hohner Harmonicas”

“Hello Harmonica Lovers”

(Hohner Harmonicas)

Like me if you’re looking for a great harmonica at a great price hohner harmonicas are one of best brands out there and one of the most trusted by harmonica lovers all over the world. Some of the most famous harmonica players in the world play hohner harmonicas I have some examples of some of the most well-known players in the world that play hohner harmonicas listed below.


Hohner Marine Band


    • Little Walter- Blues Harmonica
    • John Popper- Rock & Blues Harmonica
    • Charlie McCoy- Country & Blues Harmonica
    • Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Harmonica
    • Paul Butterflied- Blues, Rock & Jazz Fusion Harmonica
    • Bob Dylan- Folk Harmonica
    • Neil Young Folk Harmonica
    • Stevie Wonder- Jazz Chromatic Harmonica

    There are other brands of harmonicas like the Lee Oskar, Suzuki, Seydel  and Huang harmonicas. You will be able to find these products, services, accessories and online courses here on my website.

    Have you ever heard of hohner harmonicas?

    Have you ever played an hohner harmonica?

    Have you ever owned an hohner harmonica?

    Would you consider purchasing a harmonica through my website?

    I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

    Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content!

    larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

    Have a blessed day!

    Larry