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The harmonica has featured in a wide variety of popular music over the years. From the folk harmonica of Bob Dylan, through to Stevie Wonder's soul and jazz inspired playing, and even metal recordings by artists such as Black Sabbath, the harmonica has proven itself to be extremely versatile.
12 Keys availableThe Lee Oskar Harmonic Minor tuning has a very soulful, Eastern European sound and was used for one entire side of Lee Oskar's highly acclaimed first solo album. This multi-cultural harmonica is designed to play Traditional Ethnic Music that is important to the heritage of many cultures. MINOR Eastern European, Gypsy, Yiddish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and European/American folk music, as well as various selections of jazz and classic show tunes, can be played easily with this harmonica. Model: 1910H - Yellow Label Available in 12 Keys (Listed low to high): Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm, Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m Manufactured by Tombo in Japan About Lee Oskar Lee Oskar is widely regarded as one of the world's finest harmonica players, and since the 1980s has been collaborating with Tombo of Japan to produce a range of modular harmonicas, of which this model is one. Lee Oskar harmonicas are unique in that their modular design enables any set of reed plates to be used in any of the harps. Although this approach has been imitated by other manufacturers, such as Hohner, with its MS Series, none offer the range of tunings that Lee Oskar does.... Read more
16 Keys availableLee Oskar Major Diatonic harmonicas are tuned to the most commonly used tuning for playing Blues, Rock, Country Folk & Jazz. Major Diatonic harps are produced by several manufacturers using various names such as Blues Harp, Marine Band, Golden Melody, Big River, Special 20, Pro Harp, Folk Master, Star Performer, etc. Although the cover plates are stamped with a variety of different names for marketing purposes, all of these harmonicas have the exact same notation layout as the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. The most important difference is in the quality of materials, construction, design and sound. All over the world, professional players use Lee Oskar Harps as their first choice harmonica. "Standard" Richter tuning Available in 14 Keys (Listed low to high): Lo F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, Hi G Model: 1910 - Orange Label Manufactured by Tombo in Japan ... Read more
6 Keys availableThe Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica is incredible for playing melodies in 2nd position (cross harp). Melody Makers™ are one of the best harps available for playing standard, single-note melodies. They're great for playing COUNTRY, R&B, POP, WORLD BEAT, AFRICAN and REGGAE. This tuning makes it easier to play many songs...that can be difficult, or impossible, to play on a standard Major Diatonic...in 2nd Position (cross harp). All of the notes that Lee Oskar are missing on the Major Diatonic range are right there on the Melody Maker™! These harmonicas provide a complete major scale, in cross harp, for playing exact melody without bending. Yet, the draw notes can still be bent for that bluesy feeling! Melody Makers™ are designed to be played in 2nd Position (Draw), not 1st Position(Blow). In 2nd Position, melodies can be played with an expressive, fluid style that is extremely difficult to achieve in 1st Position. Model: 1910MM - Blue Label Available in 6 Keys : Bb, C, D, E, G, A Manufactured by Tombo in Japan ... Read more
12 Keys availableThe Lee Oskar Natural Minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing MINOR Blues, Rock, Country, Reggae, Pop & Jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play MINOR MUSIC easily, without straining the lips, the lungs or the mind! All of the notes and chords that were missing on the Major Diatonic, for playing minor blues, are right there on the Natural Minor. Natural Minors are designed to be played in 2nd Position (cross harp), not 1st Position (straight harp). In 2nd Position, many of the draw notes can be bent and this allows for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. 2nd Position is a very popular style used by most players for today's music. Model: 1910N - Green Label Natural Minor Tuning Available in 12 Keys (Listed low to high): Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m, Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm ... Read more
5 Keys available1847 CLASSIC - Wilde Minor Tunings - ideal for Rock in minor keys The special tuning Wilde Minor is directly derived from the Wilde Rock Tuning. Like the latter, the Wilde Minor Tuning enables the fluent playing of hard rock and blues rock licks, dedicated to minor-heavy pieces of music. The 1847 CLASSIC in Wilde Minor Tuning is available in the most commonly used minor keys of Cm, Dm, Em, Gm and Am (labeled in 2nd position). The key on the sticker describes the root note of the minor key played in 2nd position (more details, see below).... Read more
4 Keys availableThe Paddy Richter is altered from the Richter tuning by raising hole 3 blow for two semi-tones which is very useful especially for playing fast in Irish and Celtic music (1st pos: the 6th note of the major scale is playable without bending, 2nd pos.: the 2nd major scale not is available in the lower register without bending).... Read more
4 Keys availableWill Wilde Rock Harmonica Tuning SEYDEL Endorser Will Wilde is the inventor of this Special Tuning which is very well suited for "tougher" musical styles like Hardrock or Blues-Rock. Read here how this tuning was invented and why Will uses it regularely since a few years in his shows: "I designed the Wilde tuning specifically for playing hard rock and blues-rock on the harmonica. As much as I love the standard Richter tuning, I have always found it frustrating when it comes to playing “rock guitar” style licks, particularly in the upper octave. The Wilde tuning addresses all of the problems I had with Richter, whilst still retaining the bluesy feel of classic second position harmonica that we all know and love. Whereas Richter tuning was primarily designed for playing major chords and the major scale in first position, Wilde tuning is specifically designed for playing second position minor pentatonic and blues scale licks, throughout all three octaves. I have always preferred the sound of draw notes and draw bends to blow notes and blow bends, as you can get more expression and a better tone & vibrato from them. So, on the Wilde tuning ALL of the draw notes bend (from holes one to ten) and your root note lands on a draw in all three octaves. I think that the Wilde tuning is the configuration that every aspiring rock harp player has been waiting for."... Read more
31 Keys availableThe Seydel 1847 classic harmonica was the first mass-produced Richter diatonic harmonica with stainless steel reeds. The 1847 classic is the result of Seydel's 160-year of experience in manufacturing high-quality harmonicas. This Seydel blues harp fits all the traditional demands as well as being impressively innovative. This model is the Standard Richter tuning, however if you wish to get the Paddy Richter tuning, then please contact us Full and loud, overtone-rich sound and extremely fast tone-response due to stainless steel reeds Extremely durable and even with heavy duty playing - stainless steel reeds and stainless steel rivets Less air-loss due to fine-cut reed plates - optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and reed plate Beard and lip friendly - cover plates with rounded edges without any cuts at the mouthpiece and ergonomic built hole openings and rounded dividers The overtone-rich sound can spread out undampened - covers made of extra strong stainless steel sheet (0.4mm), opened wide at the back and crimped and therefore a good stability and rounded edges moisture proof, swelling free maple comb, sealed with multiple layers of food safe finish Tuning: Standard Richter - other tunings available on request, including Paddy Richter, Wilde Rock and EDharmonica. Keys: G to F# plus low tunings About Seydel Seydel is the world's oldest extant harmonica manufacturer and has been producing harmonicas in Saxony, Germany, since the middle of the 19th century. Its speciality is stainless steel reeds, which offer exceptional durability and clarity of tone. Seydel still manufactures all of its harmonicas in Germany and its products span the whole range of harmonica types, from octave and tremolo harps, through to 10 hole diatonics and larger chromatics.... Read more
12 Keys availableBlues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. EDharmonica - easy diatonic harmonica with free online courses & hundreds of tabs. The EDharmonica is produced on demand! Therefore delivery might take 2 weeks. QUICK RESULTS FOR BEGINNERS. The EDharmonica is designed in accordance with the laws of music and it’s been created specially for an easier learning and quick results. GREATER POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. The EDharmonica enables intermediate and advanced players to conveniently play in all music genres, in various keys, offers more possibilities with the blues, and is perfect for solo performances.... Read more
7 Keys availableThe Seydel 1847 LIGHTNING harmonica with polished stainless steel reeds - a dream for all harmonica-lovers The 1847 LIGHTNING harmonica is made without compromise: the best components available and SEYDEL’s masterly craftsmanship were used to build this harmonica lover’s dream. What makes the 1847 LIGHTNING so special? For the first time we created polished stainless steel reeds for the best responsiveness, a beautifully ballanced fat tone and a very long lifetime. The 1847 LIGHTNING is available in the seven most commonly used keys: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, and F. It comes as well in a set of seven instruments. The 1847 LIGHTNING comes with a polished solid comb made of stainless steel that gives the instrument not only extra weight (155 g / 5,5 Oz) but as well adds a very resonant component to the sound. The shiny stainless steel coverplates with the special 1847 3D-imprint and side vents are completely rounded at the front and opened wide at the back for the best sound projection towards the audience. All parts (even the rivets and screws) are made of anti-corrosive materials. The 1847 LIGHTNING is designed to be a lifetime companion and ready for any musical challenge. The 1847 LIGHTNING - sound refined to perfection ... Read more
31 Keys availableThe Seydel 1847 Noble is the jewel of the 1847 blues harps collection. An instrument built without compromise; made from only the best materials available and with over 160 years of Seydel's harmonica making experience. This is the Standard Richter tuned harmonica, if you wish to get the 1847 Noble in Paddy Richter, or if we do not have the key you need, then please contact us. The Seydel 1847 Noble is part of the blues range and comes with stainless steel reeds. New cover plates; matted stainless steel covers with side-vents (openings on both sides), optimised sound projection and distribution of airflow if playing fully cupped New comb accurately milled from aluminium, anodised in black and with the Seydel logo laser-engraved on the back - superb air-tightness and improved handling due to the greater weight of the instrument New tactile oval key stickers- hard wearing and removes the danger of holding the instrument the wrong way round, even in the dark Approved corrosion-free fine-cut reed plates made of German Silver fixed with stainless steel screws - extremely close tolerances between slot and reed for best possible tone control for the player Precisely factory adjusted, pitch-stable and durable reeds and rivets both made of Stainless Steel - optimal tone response and a full sound Tuning: Standard Richter. (Paddy Richter also available on request) ... Read more
4 Keys availableThe Paddy Richter is altered from the Richter tuning by raising hole 3 blow for two semi-tones which is very useful especially for playing fast in Irish and Celtic music (1st pos: the 6th note of the major scale is playable without bending, 2nd pos.: the 2nd major scale not is available in the lower register without bending).... Read more
18 Keys availableThe Seydel 1847 Silver harmonica is a corrosion-free Richter-diatonic harmonica with stainless steel reeds. Additional to the Standard Richter tuning model here, the 1847 Silver also comes in Paddy Richter or half-valved. The Seydel 1847 Silver harp has an impressive appearance and contains new technical features. The cover plates and reed plate screws are made of Stainless Steel Reed plates made of non-corrosive German Silver Solid plastic comb Tuning: Standard Richter (if you wish to order the Paddy Richter or half-valved please contact us) It also still has some of the well known features from the Seydel 1847 Classic: Reduced air loss due to fine cut reed plates - optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and reed plate beard and lip friendly cover plates with rounded edges without any cuts at the mouthpiece the overtone-rich sound can spread out unhindered - covers opened wide at the back and crimped and therefore a good stability and rounded edges ... Read more
19 Keys availableThis PT-Gazell variant (half-valved) of the 1847 Silver allows you to play additional single reed bendings in 1-6 blow and 7-10 draw. This technique requires a special embouchure. It is possible to reach all chromatic scale notes without using Overblows. ... Read more
9 Keys availableThe Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel Harmonica is a chromatic Mouth Organ with 12 holes, 48 Stainless Steel reeds and orange-tinted acrylic comb and half-moon shaped mouthpiece. The Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel is the 'little sister' of Seydel's top Chromatic model, the Saxony Chromatic and is equipped with Seydel's unique Stainless Steel reeds. The half-moon shaped silver-plated mouthpiece is designed from scratch and provides wonderful sliding properties. The Seydel Chromatic De Luxe Steel stands out because of its brilliant and full sound through all registers and amazing tone response, achieved by an extreme airtight and solid construction. The use of anti-corrosive materials for all parts guarantees a long service life and high reliability. Tuning: Solo-Tuning (Contact us if you would like to order the Orchestra-C tuning option) Rich, full sound and fast reed response of the 48 Stainless Steel reeds: High durability and tuning stability even with heavy duty playing Solo tuning: 12 holes correspond to three full octaves, equal temperament, A4 = 443 Hz Galvanic silver-plated mouthpiece with round openings and a half-moon shaped cross-section for better haptic properties excellent sliding features of a high-end model Smooth and quiet working slider for sensitive and fast playing Reliable valving - approved valve material from the Seydel Saxony Chromatic Less air loss due to optimised tolerances and flatness of the German Silver reed plates Robust and corrosion-free covers made of Stainless Steel High-end CNC milled acrylic comb with ideal air-flow properties in a half-transparent orange finish If you would like to adjust the tonal layout, please contact us with your specifications and The Harmonica Company will accommodate, Special tuning's of any kind can be produced individually and the concert pitch frequency can be altered if needed. ... Read more
3 Keys availableThe Seydel De Luxe Chromatic is a Harmonica with 12 holes, 48 notes and brown-tinted acrylic comb. The Standard tuning of the Chromatic Harmonica Purists among the players insist -and they stress- that the key of C is the only tuning necessary when playing 'Chrom'. They say, that a violinist also does not carry several tuned violins around to be able to play all classic works. This may be expected in a classic environment. However, not everybody practises 8 hours a day to overcome the limits of knowledge to play in all scales. Now, if you simply change your instrument you have them all available. This is why Seydel have made this model in a few keys. Number of Holes: 12 48 notes Comb: Brown-tinted Acrylic Tuning: Solo-Tuning Available Keys: C, G & Low C Mouthpiece Hole Shape: Square Cover plates: Stainless Steel Reed Plates: 1.00mm, Brass Comes in a hard shell case with Seydel cleaning cloth We also offer the Seydel De Luxe Steel Chromatic here... Read more
18 Keys availableThe Seydel Favorite can hold its own with other top end harmonicas. It has a translucent anodised aluminium comb and stainless steel covers. Part of the Seydel Blues Series. The Favorite shares some of the features of Seydel's other diatonic harmonicas: the alloy comb material of the 1847 Noble, the brass reeds of the Session and the cover plates and general design of the Session Steel. This provides it with a deep but bright sound, reminiscent of the Noble, but with the slightly more traditional tone of brass reeds. As the Favorite shares the basic design of the Session Steel, the reed plates can be changed at a later date to ones with stainless steel reeds, should this be desired. Holes: 10 Reeds: 20 Exclusive metal body Brass reeds German silver reed plates Ergonomically shaped covers – stainless steel Includes the famous Seydel leather pouch Hand Made in Klingenthal, Germany About Seydel Seydel is the world's oldest extant manufacturer of harmonicas and still produces all of its harps in Germany. Its speciality is stainless steel reeds, which combined with German silver reed plates provide a distinctive tone and offer exceptional durability and longevity. Seydel is also unique amongst the main manufacturers in its ability to offer custom tunings for a small premium. Please contact us if you wish to order a custom tuned Seydel harp.... Read more
2 Keys availableThe NONSLIDER Chromatic DE LUXE STEEL - playing chromatically re-thought Is there a chromatic harmonica ... ... with direct tone response like a Blues Harmonica? ... that works WITHOUT slider and WITHOUT valves*? ... on which techniques like bending or overblow are playable? The answer is YES. We name it the NONSLIDER Chromatic DE LUXE STEEL. The instrument is equipped with a newly designed mouthpiece that opens up many new possibilities for the players to play chromatically, no matter if they have played chromatic harmonica or diatonic blues harmonica before! The NONSLIDER Chromatic is a very reliable instrument that is virtually maintenance free. 48 tuning stable, stainless steel reeds guarantee a great sound and a long playing pleasure. Furthermore, stuck valves or a jammed slider are things of the past. * Please note: In order to achieve an optimal tone responses, the reeds of the LC, LD and LF variants, as well as the C 'Orchestra tuning' are equipped with valves (full and/or half-valving). Bending of certain half-valved notes is still possible - all valved blow notes can additionally be bent down in pitch. Overblows are not playable if the reeds are valved. How does the NONSLIDER Chromatic principle work? With the help of the newly developed double-row mouthpiece, the semitones are reached simply by tilting the instrument. A slight angling down or up is sufficient to reach all chromatic notes by directly playing the corresponding holes on the respective row. The notes on the lower row of holes are the same like in the "slide-pressed position" on standard chromatic harmonicas. The instrument is tilted down or up, or the player changes the position of his lips (pointed-mouth technique/lip-pursing) to reach the right notes. ... Read more
5 Keys availableThe Seydel Orchestra S Harmonica is a 10 hole, solo-tuned diatonic Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds (orchestra-tuning), ergonomic covers and carmine red plastic comb. As with the chromatic harmonica, all notes from the major scale are available throughout a two-and-a-half octave range. The Seydel Orchestra S Harmonica offers even more! Typically, the root note is found in hole 1-blow. The Seydel Orchestra S Harmonica places the root note at hole 3-blow, and half of the lower octave is added to holes 1 and 2. Since many players miss some of the notes on the standard Richter-tuned diatonic harmonica in the lower register the ORCHESTRA S allows them to hit the missing notes without having to apply a bending technique. The root note of the diatonic major scale is marked on the coverplate - it starts in 3 blow. This makes the ORCHESTRA S an ideal soloing instrument; the ten-hole design makes the Orchestra-S compact enough to take your melodies anywhere! The note layout is basically the same as that of a chromatic harmonica, making the ORCHESTRA S a great starting harmonica for learning to play a chromatic. The compact size combined with SEYDEL's durability makes the ORCHESTRA S a good choice for musical education in schools. The ORCHESTRA S opens new possibilities to blues harmonica players by making it easy to play minor pieces (3rd position) with a sound similar to solos played on a chromatic, thanks to the solo-tuning. They will also appreciate the extended major scale in the lower register. The root note of the dominant chord is available in the hole 1-draw, making it similar to playing in 2nd position on a standard Richter-tuned harmonica. Seasoned blues players will find all the notes of the blues scale through natural notes and bent notes, bringing soul and color to their blues improvisation. Solo-tuning in a ten-hole, compact harmonica Expanded tonal range in the lower register (Orchestra tuning) Stainless-steel reeds, coverplates, and screws combined for unparalleled durability (outlasting brass-reed models by up to five-times) Anti-corrosive, German-silver reedplates Lip-friendly, translucent carmine red plastic comb (ABS) with recessed reedplates Protective, full-grain leather pouch included ... Read more
8 Keys availableThe Seydel Saxony Chromatic Harmonica was the first mass-produced chromatic harmonica with stainless steel reeds. The Seydel Saxony Chromatic is a professional chromatic harmonica with unique playing features. The instrument benefits from the stainless steel reeds well known from the Seydel 1847 Blues harmonicas and the timeless precision manufacturing of the Renaissance chromatic harmonica. This is tuned to "solo-tuning", for Orchestra tuning, please contact us. Full, loud sound and fast tone response due to the stainless steel reeds: durable and stable in pitch even with heavy duty playing. Reliable valving - (windsaver material) Less air loss due to optimised reed plates made of German Silver - optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reeds and reed plate slots New mouthpiece with round openings Improved slider package design – optimised for air-tightness and comfortable action New matt cover plate surface – comfortable on the lips and glides easily during playing Cover plates opened wide at the back and crimped to allow the overtone-rich sound to spread out unhindered High precision manufactured aluminium comb – optimised for ideal tone-response, with design coating in metallic look Tuning: Solo-tuning ... Read more
7 Keys availableSeydel Session Antique The Seydel Session Antique is a diatonic harp with plastic comb and antique-coated stainless steel covers and brass reeds. It is a smoothly shaped harmonica that is a great and ideal choice for beginners. In terms of tone and playability, it is identical to the standard Seydel Blues Session Standard harmonica; the sole difference is the cover plate colour, which on the Antique model has a bronze coloured 'antique' finish. Both the Session Standard and the Session Antique share the same construction as the more expensive Session Steel, with recessed reed plates and a modern cover plate design that extends smoothly to the ends of the harmonica. As a consequence, the Session Steel reed plates will fit the Session Standard and Antique harps, which means that you are able to upgrade to the brighter and longer lasting stainless steel reed plates when the original ones have reached the end of their lifespan Rounded Plastic body with recessed reed plates Brass reed plates, 1.0 mm thick, screwed 10 Holes The Seydel Session Standard edition comes in Chrome Handmade in Klingenthal, Germany Seydel has been manufacturing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century, and is the world's oldest harmonica manufacturer. Its speciality is its durable stainless steel reeds, which significantly outlast traditional brass reeds and provide a distinctive bright sound.... Read more
18 Keys availableThe Seydel Session Standard Harmonica is a Diatonic harp with plastic comb and stainless steel covers. A fantastic blues harp that is ideal for beginners. Learn to play on this wonderful Seydel Session Standard Harmonica, that comes in the majority of keys. The Session Standard shares the same construction as the more expensive Session Steel model; the only difference is that the Standard comes with brass, rather than stainless steel, reeds. The reed plates from the Session Steel are interchangeable with the Session Standard, so it's possible to upgrade to these in the future, should you wish to. About Seydel Seydel is the world's oldest extant manufacturer of harmonicas, having been producing the instruments in Germany since the 1940s. Following World War 2, the factory was, unfortunately, within the newly formed GDR, and the company was absorbed into the state run manufacturer of musical instruments - VEB Klingenthal Harmonica Works. After the end of the Cold War, Seydel was returned to the descendants of its owners, then was sold to the current owners around a decade later. They are now known for their high quality, durability, and, in many models, their signature stainless steel reeds.... Read more
6 Keys availableThe Seydel Session Steel PowerBender harmonica is the upgrade to Seydel's successful Session model, and it comes presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. This is a blues harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. This is the PowerBender tuned Session Steel, however you can also get it in Paddy Richter, PowerDraw, Melodic Maker, Circular/Melody King, Country, Natural Minor and Harmonic Minor. If you would like any of the other tunings please contact us. We also offer custom tuning such as equal temperament on special order. The PowerBender tuning builds on the best parts of the traditional Richter Tuning, while altering the scale to make the real juicy and important notes much easier to obtain throughout the whole three octave range. Same familiar breathing pattern in the upper-middle registers. All draw notes bend everywhere, holes 1-10! On the un-valved version you can overblow every hole 1-10, for full chromatic playing. Overdraws and blow bends are no longer possible or needed on a PowerBender - they are replaced with simple draw bends. Top octave easy to play (intuitive) as many familiar phrasings can be adopted from the bottom octaves Easy to play in the common positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th Like all Session Steels, the PowerBender model features: Ergonomic cover plates made of stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece ABS comb with recessed German Silver reed plates Rivets and screws made of stainless steel Lips and beard-friendly design Minimal air consumption achieved by fine-cut reed plates, optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and reed plate Stainless steel reeds provide the best clear and full sound and response of the 1847 models Up to 5 times longer playing life compared to models with brass reeds Comes with a genuine leather pouch Tuning: PowerBender ... Read more
6 Keys availableThe Seydel Session Steel harmonica is the upgrade to Seydel's successful Session model, and it comes presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. This is a blues harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. This is the Powerdraw tuned Session Steel, however you can also get it in Paddy Richter, PowerBender, Melodic Maker, Circular/Melody King, Country, Natural Minor and Harmonic Minor. If you would like any of the other tunings please contact us. We also offer custom tuning such as equal temperament on special order. PowerDraw tuning is easy to learn because: The bulk of the harp (holes 1-6) stays exactly the same, so there is no need to re-learn anything in that meat and potatoes range you’re so accustomed to. The breathing pattern of holes 1-6 (blow reed low, draw reed high in each hole)is retained all the way up to hole 10 on the PowerDraw. This gives the top octave an instant feeling of familiarity to anyone who tries it, because the techniques and riffs that work so well lower down work up there too . Simplified Technique: There are no blow bends and no overdraws needed in the PowerDraw tuning. Two of the most important ‘blue’ notes in 2nd position (the flat third, which was overblow 6) and the flat fifth (overdraw 7) are now simple draw bends on holes 7 and 8. Every draw note bends from hole 6-10, soulful and easy! In un-valved setup every hole overblows, and the upper octave overblows are much easier than the overdraws necessary in Richter tuning. PowerDraw works well with the chordal octave-playing approach of tongue blockers. The notes in the top octave are similar to Richter, but the intervals are different. Because the chord splits sound nice and in-key, it is easy to adapt to. The PowerDraw works great in other positions too, especially Third (nice useful bends in the top octave), Fifth (good expression in the top end), Second Position Minor (no need to overblow to get the flat 3rd ), Eleventh and Twelfth (great expression in the top octave). If you feel familiar with playing in holes 1-6 on Richter diatonic already (or you play our BIG SIX model), the PowerDraw is a good choice for you! Ergonomic cover plates made of stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece ABS comb with recessed German Silver reed plates Rivets and screws made of stainless steel Lips and beard-friendly design Minimal air consumption achieved by fine-cut reed plates, optimised flatness and extremely small tolerances between reed and reed plate Stainless steel reeds provide the best clear and full sound and response of the 1847 models Up to 5 times longer playing life compared to models with brass reeds Comes with a genuine leather pouch Tuning: PowerDraw ... Read more
7 Keys availableSeydel Session Steel - Wilde Rock Tuning - SEYDEL Endorser Will Wilde is the inventor of this Special Tuning which is very well suited for "tougher" musical styles like Hardrock or Blues-Rock. Read here how this tuning was invented and why Will uses it regularly since a few years in his shows: "I designed the Wilde tuning specifically for playing hard rock and blues-rock on the harmonica. As much as I love the standard Richter tuning, I have always found it frustrating when it comes to playing “rock guitar” style licks, particularly in the upper octave. The Wilde tuning addresses all of the problems I had with Richter, whilst still retaining the bluesy feel of classic second position harmonica that we all know and love. Whereas Richter tuning was primarily designed for playing major chords and the major scale in first position, Wilde tuning is specifically designed for playing second position minor pentatonic and blues scale licks, throughout all three octaves. I have always preferred the sound of draw notes and draw bends to blow notes and blow bends, as you can get more expression and a better tone & vibrato from them. So, on the Wilde tuning ALL of the draw notes bend (from holes one to ten) and your root note lands on a draw in all three octaves. The SESSION STEEL is the upgrade to our successful SESSION model is presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. Details about Wilde Rock special tuning: Holes one to five are exactly the same as standard tuning. Holes six, seven and eight are the same as holes two, three and four (just an octave higher). Hole nine is the same as hole two (two octaves higher) and the reeds in hole ten have been switched around (so that the ten blow bend is now a draw bend). This makes fast minor pentatonic/blues scale runs much easier and means you no longer need to overblow/overdraw to get the flat third and flat five in the upper octave as they are now available as simple draw bends.... Read more
12 Keys availableCircular tuning variant: all notes of the scale are arranged "logically" and can be reached by alternately blowing and drawing. Therefore it is possible to play up to 12 different chords. For the same reason, it is not so easy to clearly assign the key in which the harp is labeled in. Please note: hole #1 blow is the lowest note and designates the key of the harp here, although the playable major scale is 5 semitones (or a fourth) higher than the label on the instrument indicates. Depending on which root note you choose, you can very easily play melodies in the eight different 'church keys' = modes (modal scales). This tuning is sometimes also called "Spiral" or "Melody King". The SESSION STEEL is the upgrade to our successful SESSION model is presented with a bold new look and superior technical reliability, excellent playability and a fantastic sound. ... Read more
12 Keys availableBlues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb. EDharmonica - easy diatonic harmonica with free online courses & hundreds of tabs. The EDharmonica is produced on demand! Therefore delivery might take 2 weeks. QUICK RESULTS FOR BEGINNERS. The EDharmonica is designed in accordance with the laws of music and it’s been created specially for an easier learning and quick results. GREATER POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCED PLAYERS. The EDharmonica enables intermediate and advanced players to conveniently play in all music genres, in various keys, offers more possibilities with the blues, and is perfect for solo performances. FREE ONLINE COURSES & HUNDREDS OF TABS. To help you master the EDharmonica, we have prepared 10 online courses, beginner to advanced, and over 500 tabs. All of that is available for free on the website: >play.EDharmonica.com ... Read more
19 Keys availableThis PT-Gazell variant (half-valved) of the SESSION STEEL allows you to play additional single reed bendings in 1-6 blow and 7-10 draw. This technique requires a special embouchure. It is possible to reach all chromatic scale notes without using Overblows. ... Read more
15 Keys availablePlay fast runs and Irish tunes on your harmonica The SESSION STEEL Major Cross from Tony Eyers makes fast tunes easier to play. The instrument was developed for fast bluegrass and Irish tunes. It’s also useful for Irish Folk, Scottish Reels, Jigs, Country tunes and all kind of flute and fiddle tunes. Explore the possibilities of this new tuning. The MAJOR CROSS tuning, developed by Tony Eyers, allows a major scale to be played in second (or cross) position without any bending. While many players use second position, they often find traditional tunes challenging, due to the bending/overblowing needed for some notes. MAJOR CROSS eliminates this problem. Moreover, as bending/overblowing is generally not needed, MAJOR CROSS harmonicas are well suited to the fast speeds common with traditional fiddle tunes. ... Read more
Harmonica Pop Songs
Perhaps the most famous of all uses of harmonica in a pop song, is John Lennon's playing on The Beatles' early hit 'Love Me Do'. Although this lends itself well to being played on a diatonic, it was actually recorded on a chromatic, as Lennon, at the time, had not mastered the bending technique necessary for the tune.
Other famous pop songs where the harmonica is a standout feature often involve Stevie Wonder, both on his own recordings and as a guest. Examples of the former include 'For Once in My Life' and 'I Was Made to Love Her', whilst the latter includes The Eurythmics hit 'There Must be an Angel'.
Best Harmonica for Pop Music
Pop is an extremely broad church, and covers a whole host of genres, but most players should probably gravitate towards a standard Richter tuned diatonic, or a chromatic. The only exceptions to this rule are for minor key songs, where a natural minor harmonica might suit the piece of music better, and when players prefer the note layout of the Melody Maker tuning, which is well suited to the single note lines that are often found on the harmonica parts of pop songs
Chromatics are particularly useful for pop songs, as they can offer an alternative to the guitar or keyboard solo, whilst providing interesting texture to a song. Think, for example, of any of Stevie Wonder's harmonica - led hits; they just wouldn't sound anywhere near as good with an alternative instrument playing the harmonica line.
Our recommendations for diatonics for playing popular music are the Hohner Rocket Amp - which is great for amplified playing in a band situation - and the Lee Oskar Melody Maker, whose note layout is perfect for single note melodies. For chromatics, it's hard to beat the Hohner Super 64 and Super 64X, which are essentially the same harmonicas that the great Stevie Wonder uses.
80s Pop Harmonica
The harmonica's heyday in popular music was probably the 1980s, where, for example, it featured prominently on one of the biggest global hits of the decade - Karma Chameleon, and was often found in the mix of a New Romantic band's new tune.
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