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Harmonica Tunings Explained – Low Tunings and Range

Harmonica Tunings Explained – Low Tunings and Range We’ve examined keys, tunings and playing positions in previous posts, but it recently occurred to me that some players, especially beginners, can be confused by specific pitch designations when buying a harmonica. Questions like ‘is a G harp lower than a C harp?’ or what’s a “Low […]

Some Musical Theory – Temperament and Why it Matters

Some Musical Theory – Temperament and Why it Matters If you’ve been playing for a while, chances are that you’ll have come across the terms ‘equal temperament’ or ‘just intonation’. Those of you of with classical training in one instrument or another may even dimly recall what these terms mean. Others may be rapidly moving […]

How Difficult is it to Learn the Harmonica? – Part 2

How Difficult is it to Learn the Harmonica?  – Part 2 Musical instruments are hard to play well. This applies to almost any instrument beyond the most basic percussive devices. Whilst this may not be a particularly motivational sentiment for an article on the difficulty of learning the harmonica, please bear with me – I […]

What Harmonica Should I Buy as a Beginner?

What Harmonica Should I Buy as a Beginner? There are a number of questions that regularly arise in the day to day life of a harmonica business. Some of the most common are “What should I buy that will make me sound like [insert artist’s name]?” and “How do I learn to bend?”. The question […]

Delay Pedals Versus Reverb Pedals

Delay Pedals Versus Reverb Pedals In this post we’ll look at delay pedals versus reverb pedals, outline some of the differences, and help you to choose the best pedal for your needs. Why Do I Need a Pedal? This isn’t a question that you’ll hear coming from many guitarists’ lips, as the foot pedal, in […]

How to Make Your Harmonica Better

How to Make Your Harmonica Better Being a guitarist before picking up the harmonica, I find it interesting to note the differences between approaches that players take to their respective instruments. When you buy a guitar, irrespective of how expensive it is, you assume that a certain amount of fettling will be necessary to ensure […]

How to Clean a Harmonica

How to Clean a Harmonica Unlike instruments like guitars, where a lack of cleaning will have few effects on playability or functionality, at least in the short term, harmonicas by their very nature require regular cleaning. Follow our guide to ensure that you know how to clean a harmonica in the correct way. Washing This […]

Little Walter – Rock and Roll Legend

We take a look at Little Walter – the legendary harmonica player. Any awards system in the arts (and, perhaps, some in the field of science) is open to criticisms of subjectivism and bias. Music, as in all aesthetic pursuits is no exception, and is interesting to note that the Rock and Roll Hall of […]

Chromatic Harmonica

The Chromatic Harmonica – what is it and why should I be interested? When I began to master the basic elements of the diatonic harp, several years ago, I started to wonder how difficult it would be to play the chromatic harmonica. After all, I was a classically trained pianist, and the layout of the […]

The Story of Seydel: How the Oldest Manufacturer of Harmonicas Returned from the Dead

Mention the name Hohner to the average non-musician and they’ll probably have some dim recollection of it being a musical instrument manufacturer. Those with more than a passing interest in Dylan or the blues will connect it with the harmonica in some way (although they’ll probably use the now slightly archaic phrase ‘mouth organ’ in […]

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