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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 […]

How to disassemble the Hohner CX12 Harmonica

Watch as Jonathan Prestige of The Harmonica Company talks about how to disassemble the Hohner CX12 Harmonica The Hohner CX12 black is the standard version of the CX12 harmonica and comes in a sleek black case with reed plates of standard thickness. It features all the amazing characteristics of the CX system at a great […]

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Harmonica Review

Review Summary: The Hohner Marine Band Crossover is a fantastic diatonic harmonica for the price. Like others in Hohner’s Marine Band line, it is solidly constructed and built to stand up to a vigorous workout. It is assembled with screws, making it easy for serious musicians to open up and tweak to their liking. One […]

Despacito Harmonica Cover – With Tabs

Despacito is a music single by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee. The song topped the charts in 47 countries and reached the top 10 of ten others, making it one of the most successful music singles of 2017, and it was released in January 2017. The official music video for “Despacito” became the most viewed […]

Seydel Harmonicas – Buyers’ Guide

In our series of buyers’ guides we look at the various models produced by the major harmonica manufacturers. This time it’s the turn of German brand, Seydel, or to use its full name, CA Seydel and Sohne. A Long History Back in the late 90s and early 2000s I had the good fortune to work […]

Harmonica Tunings Explained

Don’t know your Paddy Richters from your Richters, or your harmonic minor from your natural minor tunings? Our simple guide will help you navigate the slightly arcane world of harmonica tunings. What is Richter Tuning? Richter tuning is the most common tuning type seen on diatonic harmonicas. Named after the 19th century harmonica maker, Joseph […] – A Review

When I was an undergraduate back in the early 1990s, one of my friends was a Computer Science student. He’d regularly make visits to the IT labs at the university – strange, dark rooms devoid of natural light and crammed with computers whose blinking command line driven interfaces were enough to discourage their use by […]

Which Key of Diatonic Harmonica Should I Buy?

If the search query ‘what harmonica should I buy?’ is the most common harp-related entry on Google, then the corresponding ‘which key of harmonica should I buy?’ question must be a close second. Before we examine this in detail, though, it’s worth noting an important point: if you never perform with other musicians, and never […]

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