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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?

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

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

Review on the Suzuki Manji Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about a revolutionary new designed harmonica called the Suzuki  Manji, named after the founder of Suzuki harmonicas “Mr. Manji Suzuki”now in his late 80’s is still very active in the design of new technology for harmonicas.

Because Mr. Manji put his name on this harmonica he feels that this is going to be one of the best designed and performing harmonicas on the market for the 21st century. The tone and power of this instrument is huge in the past to create an instrument that had this much power while enabling the bent notes to be played with ease I would spent an hour custom tuning this harmonica.

    Big tone and volume usually results in a loss of sensitivity making it difficult to bend the reeds with ease. With its cutting edge technology the Suzuki Manji is the first high end instrument that I have played out of the box that you can achieve the perfect balance between, power and responsiveness but still has a warm sound to it. With rounded cover plates to make it comfortable on your mouth when playing it and is weather resistant because of the unique resin comb design it is not affected by moisture or heat it comes with Laser tuned phosphor bronze reeds resulting in no swelling or shrinking of the reeds.

I’m pretty sure you’ll be delighted with how easy this harmonica is to bend notes (including over-blowing) while maintaining a rich tone. This is a harmonica that I would recommend for beginners to professionals. This harmonica is one of the harmonicas I use in my performances.

At the end of the day there is no “best harmonica” It really comes down to personal preference and choice. The Suzuki Manji is well worth considering as one of your choices you can purchase a Suzuki Manji Harmonica from my website through amazon and get a better price and shipped straight to you. You can purchase a Suzuki Manji right here>suzuki manji harmonicas .

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Advanced Technology and Classic Style

The all new Suzuki Manji Harmonica has advanced technology and functional beauty that are combined in this stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica.

“Mr. Manji Suzuki” started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago and has built Suzuki up into one of the world’s premier harmonica manufacturers.

Harmonicas are “Mr. Suzuki’s” passion and his life’s work.

Have you ever heard of the Suzuki Manji Harmonica?

Have you ever played a Suzuki Manji Harmonica?

What kind of Harmonica do you play?

Why do you like that Harmonica?

Would you consider trying a Suzuki Manji 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.

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larry@allaboutharmonica.com

Have a blessed day!

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