(It didn’t bother me until I started practicing lots longer and got the new plastic comb harps that felt so much better on my tongue.). Have you seen this new one..the B Radical? In summing up, if you are a beginner who would rather save money right now, any economical 10-hole harmonica in the key of C will be fine to start with. It also has a good balance between all of the harmonies thanks to the well-crafted plastic comb and copper harp reed. Enjoying lessons, the videos are great! Sound advice! If anyone would like to respond with a posting, I invite your contributions. Easy to play,easy to bend,great sound,and it doesn’t wear you out. You’re OK with what you have, my lessons are in the key of c so that’s a good start. But, I cannot understand the difference between “Progressive” Special 20 and “Marine Band” Special 20. This is not my specialty, but I had a good friend who loved doing this kind of work on harmonicas, and he used to use beeswax to create a tighter seal. Believe it or not, I’ve helped many people who’d consider you a youngster, and oftentimes they’ve been my best students. Second option: Learn how to “Reed Gap”…Lee Oskar has a tool kit you can buy…I learned how to reed gap from Rick Epping as did many harp players… You may have some success do a google search using “Rick Epping” and “Reed gap” or “Reed Gapping”. Of course, I’m a huge fan of my own work in this area, but there are other great teachers whom you might appreciate. When you say you’re new to the scene, I’m assuming you’re a beginner. Their prices are competitive and if you order from Rockin’ Ron’s you get free shipping! In other words, the key of G has very loose reeds. Please consider Beginner till intermediate state …. Just taking a glance at it will make you feel like you travelled back in time to the early 1900s. I agree completely with your recent recommendations. In fact, I think it sounds better than the Meisterklasse 580 that I mentioned in the post that ended up in the ether somewhere. This button allows you to change the Harmonica keys, and when you press it half-way, you get all of the half-notes. Great volume, easy out of the box bends, a tight, solid construction. Every harmonica sounds differently. Swan 10 Hole 20 Tones Harmonica. In your article, you wrote that you don’t know why any professional such as myself would suggest buying a harmonica with a plastic comb, as you believe this would make it an inferior instrument. i had a cleft pallette when i was born and it makes some of the tech harder than it should be.When i was in grade school i played alto clarinet and it just came natural so i never thought the harp would cause me so much stress but im not givin up cause im addicted to blues.Im playing with a marine band c but my ? Then I got an F Session Steel and an A Blues Session. Spanish Blues Harp Attack Spanish Blues Harp Attack (2007) 34: 34. jp, Hi Well I never play harmonica before, but it was my childhood dream to play blues with harmonica, I love blues genre since I was a kid and I’m not really talented with music or any other instruments. It’s been a while since I used a harmonica with a wood comb, but I imagine someone else may know a simple fix that I don’t. for some reason I couldn’t get some CD’s to work, so I returned them to you. jp. It’s important to take good care of your harmonica, since most are irreplaceable due to health regulations. Kicking off with five tracks from Junior Wells and five more from James Cotton, the set moves … I’m very new to this wonderful instrument, but I’m wondering if this is a bad harmonica for me. Also picked up an older looking Hohner Pro Harp in “G” and am very pleased with it. In a previous post, I mentioned that there was a downgrade in the performance of the Hohner Special 20’s and Hohner Crossovers. I hope it was a worthwhile purchase on my part. I guess from now on I’ll buy the special 20s though. Rinsing your harmonica (only do this if it’s a plastic comb, otherwise it can provoke corrosion in metal/steel instruments) in luke warm can be the first step you can take to keep it clean and fresh. The harmonica I got is a Hohner’s 150th Anniversary model. Most harmonicas come in sets. jp, I have a Harmonica that is very old it is a -M-Hohner old Standby key of G Made in Germany, The box Has the no. Harp tabs for beginner, intermediate and advanced! Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica. I m from Asia as you know we use tremolo harmonica for our song but I couldn’t play tremolo , little and close hole make playing hard … so I bought a chromatic chinies harmonica and tired to play that it s so bad quality and need more wind pressure to play a sound now I have a question bad quality of harmonica can make me hopeless to learning ? the second reason is to play "hard-core" blues on a harp is a mechanical strain on the reeds. jp, JP, what an honest statement about harps, a rare thing these days. United States About Youtuber Here you'll find a fresh and engaging series of blues harmonica instructional videos designed to answer both basic beginner questions and more advanced concerns. Thanks for the helpful advice. Hello JP, I love your work. However, I have personally found harmonicas with wooden combs to be challenging, because the wooden combs are painted in the place where the harmonica touches the mouth, to prevent moisture absorption. Performance The Hohner is very easy to play, and is also very responsive to every attempt at making a sound. I just don’t recommend the investment as there are many other comparable harmonicas for a lower price. But Special 29s with turbo lids in my opinion play the best and loudest. It helps to take the yellow sticker with the key off the harmonica case and put it on the harmonica, as shown in the picture. I’ll be back once I have bought a Hohner Special 20 in C. I am also looking to invest in a set, the Hohner Piedmont Blues A, Bb, C, D, E, F and G, for the future. We have our harmonica in C but we get to play some jams and sit in with a band or even try to learn songs from CD’s. I will see if I can find your YouTube videos on that. A. This is exactly what makes the Fender Blues Deluxe a harmonica what it is. Once again, if we can help you in any way, please let us know. Hi JP! We played with a Hootnany group. The reason I’ve rated the Hohner Crossover higher than the Hohner Special 20 is because it’s so highly regarded by players I respect. 125 fans Top tracks. I think of it like this: the initial habits you create in these early days, weeks, and months of learning to play the harmonica will establish neuromuscular patterns that could remain with you for the duration of your time playing harmonica. I know is it a great harmonica, but I cannot find any courses or book teaching how to play with a Harmonica in D… I know I’ll get a Hohner Bluesband in C with your package but I still would like some information of my possibilities with my harmonica in D. My advanced products do use the D harmonica. And this is the range of the basic twelve keys of harmonica — from G to F-sharp. If you are a beginner, then we recommend buying a harmonica priced below $10. jp. Whether you play blues, reggae, ska or hip-hop, this company has you covered. But I find for myself that slowing down in the early stages of learning, and taking the time to enjoy developing a relaxed technique, allows me to ultimately learn ten times as rapidly as I would if I jumped ahead and created bad habits along the way (which I would then have to un-learn later). While the blues song is going, take a A harmonica and play a 2 … I am going to try the b flat this week. It is my opinion that a lot of harmonica VSTs and samples sound cheap. Performance The Everjoy has a distinct presence in any band setting or during any jamming session. Thanks to the smooth steel cover you can play the harmonica smoothly, and the moisture absorption will remain limited. I would like to play a special 20, i’ll buy it in A and post to let you know how it is. Check out my free lessons to start with on my website, https://www.harmonica.com jp, Hi J.P. A few years ago I purchased a complete set of your CD’S. All of these features make for the best beginners harmonica start playing kit, and it’s definitely worth it for the price, since you won’t have to spend extra money to buy all the accessories separately. This definitely encourages players to mix and match their favorite harmonica keys without feeling limited to one option. Jerry Portnoy Poison Kisses (1991) 32: 32. Have fun! But mainly, I’ve been concentrating on technique. Can you give any matinence tips on how to keep a harmonica in working condition for longer? You can play any song in any key you want if you are transposing. Why We Liked It - If you have been having trouble with having yourself heard when you are playing Harmonica with other bandmates, then the Fender Blues will sort that problem out. Lee Oskar is also known for making their harmonicas suitable for almost anyone. It was made to be a student harmonica, but all in all it’s ideal for everyone willing to learn how to play, whether that’s a child, an adult or a student as listed. I noticed that Hering harmonicas were among the top 10. And forget about practicing at home. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You can learn to bend on a chromatic, but it’s a little different. It has a massive tone and the highest level of craftsmanship. But for the same reason i need multiple harps, because if i wanna play it in several songs i need different tuned harmonicas. For beginners who are serious about playing, this is extremely helpful. Jump to a section: Harmonica Reviews Update Best Harmonica for Absolute Beginners Best Harmonica for Beginners & Intermediates Best Harmonica for Advanced Intermediates to Professional Best Harmonica Overall Which Key? #1 SEYDEL 1847 SILVER IS #1 OVERALL: This is my #1 favorite harmonica, but you will probably need to have it customized by a professional as explained below. The only draw back to Special 20s is they dont last as long when hard playing and lots if giging. I recently picked up a couple because the Hohner’s in the store I was in seemed disproportionately highly priced (sometimes it is better to order via mail order in Canada – the retailer may have purchased their stock at a different dollar level and rates are all over the map these days. i played many years ago but only played Country harp and guitar. I prefer the Hohner Blues Band which is why I include it in my Happy Harpin’ Harmonica Lessons. P.S: I love your lessons! What i really want to know is how do i know what harmonica to use with what song. The diatonic harmonica is predominantly used for playing blues, rock, and folk music. Being an Amazon’s Choice product and having over 200 positive reviews, one can see from the start this can be a good and worthy investment. As for Seydel they’re all top notch, I like the classic 1847, it plays well, has great tone. Pros: + Crisp, bright tone + Smooth hole surface + Great Harmonica for Beginners + Sleek, compact pocket size + Comes in the popular C-Key. It’s vital to handle them carefully, and when cleaning, gently rub them with the alcohol. For 150 years, Hohner's diatonic harmonicas set the industry standard through high quality construction, excellent response and unsurpassed tone. Features These harmonicas are manufactured in Japan, and come with a case where you can put away your harmonica when you are not using. And the key of F-sharp has very tight reeds. It’s ideal for blues, folk music and pop performances. Has become my go to harp. Here is a relevant sound sample of the Mugig: Performance This harmonica has been designed especially to suit beginners and people who haven’t had previous experience with them. It’s designed specifically for blues. Mark, Ed, April, Sander, Alan, Gedeon, Donald, Jake I will ask my tech guy to help me create a better system to respond to each of you individually. Id like to say sometrhing about wood combs compared to plastic. When I was learning how to play blues harmonica back in the late 1970s, websites like Modern Blues Harmonica didn't exist. I also love the low-tuned harmonica for chugging. This is definitely the best harmonica to have if you want to rekindle or fire up your passion for harmonicas. I am not a trained harmonica player. UPDATE: The best small harp amp on the planet now is the Memphis Mini! Earlier in this thread I’ve offer my opinion of a long list of professional instrument and I would say any harmonica rated 8 or higher would be a good first choice when someone is ready to invest in a professional instrument. Do you think it would be fun to play blues or some of your favorite songs with minimal practice? For example, All along the watchtower, the music i play on the piano accordion is in A minor. It’s also 100% portable and can be safely kept in a pocket or bag; since Swan knows that harmonicas need to be able to be carried around conveniently. Guess I’m getting okay, can bend and all that. I highly recommend these, they are the basic keys you will need to jam on most tunes, if you can’t afford the pack right now, I would recommend you go with the Special 20 in the key of C. Here’s the link: https://www.harmonica.com/hohner-harmonicas jp. Pros: + Ideal for live performances + Manufactured in Japan + Ideal for playing all genres + Air-tight design. Last but not least we have the Lee Oskar Harmonica, which is by far one of the most expensive harmonicas on this list, even after the Hohner Blues Harp. Blues Harmonica Rocks, you did make a righteous purchase for sure, I Grew up in the 40's & 50's and there were then a Harmonica Group known as the Harmonicats, Not Blues Harmonica but contemporary, however if your a Harmonica Fan & or Musician I think you may like what they put down. I want to learn to gap the reeds for modifying. “Chromatic” harmonicas DO have the side button, enabling them to play all 12 keys. I’ve been watching your videos on youtube. So here’s my synopsis with brand new recommendations and revised ratings: Well, that depends upon the level of your playing. The One and Only Blues Harp. If I recommend anything to you it would be a Hohner Special 20. jp, Hie allen… as i’m a beginner, and you have suggested hohner blues band. Hey j.p i m playing super 64 nowadays…which is my favourite one har….i m planning for new one to buy…plz suggest me a har…having natural sound..i m playing har…frim last 20 years.. Jp i wanted to ask that i am a beginner in playing the harmonica. Thanks. So C is a good key, because it’s fairly central. If the paragraph above was a little daunting, don’t worry. Get yourself a Hohner Marine Band. I have the oppurtunity to buy “Hohner Piedmont Blues Harmonica Harp set 7-Harps w/Case” for around $30. Thanks, Hey Kim, I understand your concerns, however we often encourage people to start with the Bluesband since it’s a decent harmonica and much less of an investment. Have you ever heard the line in Bob Dylan’s song, “Play your harp until your lips bleed”? The second videos shows the quick-and-dirty way to play third position on a harmonica: not just by warbling on holes 4-10 draw, but by leveraging the blues licks you, moving them up two holes and making small adjustments. There are at least 200 positive reviews that you can sift through that will help you decide whether you want to invest in this beautiful product. I generally go with honer big river band But I know there is a better one then that somewhere That won’t cost me an arm and a leg.. Hey Aaron, probably the longest lasting harmonicas are Lee Oskars. In addition to harmonica he teaches piano, guitar, and drums. The Trailblazer is a decent harmonica, and fine for beginners. This is where another piece of knowledge piece comes in: having a harmonica in only one key, in this case the C-Key, means that it’s diatonic. It sent me over the edge. My guess would be to play without the dentures if your denture have the plate on roof of your mouth. Hey JP. Written by JP Allen on January 9, 2018. Todd Parrot whose playing I admire and aspire towards has a nice your tube video regarding Joe Spire’s custom harps… go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNYLdtSeCK0, 2. Cons: - Reed plates may need to be polished for sharper sound. My youngest plays the blues on a Hohner Special 20 and I’ve been thinking about giving it a try since hand problems have taken the trumpet away. Why We Liked It - It’s the most ideal sounding harmonica that you could ask for for such a price. Im looking to buy some more harps but I don’t know how to go about it. Thanks in advance. Lee Oskar Harmonicas was founded in 1983 by harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, in collaboration with Tombo Mfg of Japan, a multi-generational manufacturer known for excellence since 1917. Jack—————- DARLING I AM GROWING OLDER .SONG TITLE BEFORE UR TIMIE. #1.Hohner Blues Harp, Key Of C Major. April 10, 2010 May 18, 2011 Wilf 8 Comments 9 Below Zero, beginners, best blues harp, Kim Wilson, Mark Feltham As we review the albums that first got us hooked on blues harp, The Good Doctor tries to pick out his all-time favourite harmonica album from his days as a beginner. I have played the harmonica as ‘n youngster and have lost the nack for it a bit. There have been days that i have gone at it 7 to 8 hours in a row. If you will not be left satisfied with Everjoy’s product, they have a policy that allows you to return their product 100% of the time, no questions asked. I was wonding if you can comment on how big a difference that will make in terms of running out of puff? Sound Quality Mugig’s Diatonic Harmonica definitely has a lively, bright sound quality that will suit just about any band or solo performance. Because i do play quite loud. The fully enclosed ends also help to minimize any sort of air leakage that could occur when playing. The 10 Best Blues Harmonicas 6,162 reviews scanned The 10 Best Horner Harmonicas ... Emblems-Gifts Personalised Gift Box with Hand Made Pewter Blues Harp Harmonica (Music) Pin 8.0 7.5 Harmonicas have been around since the early 19th century. I look forward to Your reply. thanks I’m a trying phew!!! Good luck, Ed. But I’m finding it nearly impossible to get on in my country. *Since I've put 11 names in the top 10, I'll add an eleventh name to this second list: all of the old-school players who show up on a Yazoo album entitled “Harmonica Blues: Great Harmonica Performances of the 1920s and 30s” including Freeman Stowers, Jed Davenport, Palmer McAbee, Blues Birdhead, and … I’m sticking with jp’s lessons, I trust him!!! then IGOT SUZUKI FOLKMASTERS AND THEY WERE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.SO I ENDED UP WITH BUSHMAN DELTA FROST. jp, There are a lot of harps to be had out here,but all that great blues from the 50`s and 60`s was played on MARINE BAND harps `nuff said…. Now….I gotta find your video on playing single notes because I can’t do that to save my life. Hey man. The tones are versatile, and the harmonica will quickly adapt to any genre and any song that you decide to impose on it. Protective, vented case that is possible to me learn with this harmonica is suitable for me Mindfulness™ — Stress. 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