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RobM
post Feb 7 2008, 06:10 AM
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I've always been a big fan of the Harmonica as it's used in rock music and I've been thinking about getting into learning how to play it. I was wondering what kind to buy and how hard it is to learn? Think I should buy a DVD that teaches the basics? I'm not good enough to listen to a song yet and then translate that to the instrument that I'm trying to play and I think trying to learn the harmonica out of a book might be kind of difficult for me. lol.

All advice will be appreciated.


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post Feb 7 2008, 09:02 AM
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Hmm I would have bought a regular blues harmonica.
It's ALOT harder to learn than it looks. Learning how to bend is very difficult. The best way I can think of on how to explain how to bend is: It's like drinking a thick milkshake with a straw.
Try it a thousand times and you'll get it right eventually tongue.gif

One thing that is good to know if you wanna play blues/rock is that if you're playing to a blues/rock song that is in for example the key of C, then you can't play a C harmonica. You'll need to use a F harmonica. It's because a harmonica is just like a major scale, so if you wanna play minor pentatonic you need to use a different key harmonica.

C = F harmonica
D = G harmonica
E = A harmonica
F = Bb harmonica
G = C harmonica
A = D harmonica

Usually the root note is in 1st blow hole and 4th blow etc
but if you wanna play to a song that is for example in the key of C, then you need to use a F harmonica, and 3rd blow hole will be the root note( C ).


Hope it helps, and to anyone that finds mistakes, please correct me tongue.gif

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post Feb 7 2008, 11:05 PM
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gosh i wish i didnt click on this thread, now i am totally confused lol
all i can say is...... joe satriani can play harmonica smile.gif
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post Feb 7 2008, 11:09 PM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Feb 7 2008, 12:02 AM) *
Hope it helps, and to anyone that finds mistakes, please correct me tongue.gif


Ha, you pretty much nailed it there robin cool.gif
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post Feb 8 2008, 01:37 AM
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QUOTE (kevin-riff-after-riff @ Feb 7 2008, 05:05 PM) *
gosh i wish i didnt click on this thread, now i am totally confused lol
all i can say is...... joe satriani can play harmonica smile.gif



Maybe I put this in the wrong forum area? Maybe I wasn't clear enough on what I needed? All I asked is what harmonica should I buy to learn how to play and do you think learning from a dvd would be a good idea? Right now I could care less about what harmonica plays in what key to what song. I'm sure it's very useful information to someone who is a pro, but to someone like me who wants to learn how to play, that kind of information is useless at this time.

After looking online for Harmonica's there are many different types, brands and styles and it's confusing to say the least. I'm sure if I were to just pick one it would be the wrong kind and I'd end up wasting my money.


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post Feb 8 2008, 02:33 AM
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Well I wanted to play a bit of Harmonica like you so I just ended up getting a Honer International Bluesband harmonica. Then I went online and did a little research and found some good sites with free lessons. I am not very good but like anything else practice, practice, practice.


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post Feb 8 2008, 11:41 AM
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QUOTE (RobM @ Feb 8 2008, 01:37 AM) *
Maybe I put this in the wrong forum area? Maybe I wasn't clear enough on what I needed? All I asked is what harmonica should I buy to learn how to play and do you think learning from a dvd would be a good idea? Right now I could care less about what harmonica plays in what key to what song. I'm sure it's very useful information to someone who is a pro, but to someone like me who wants to learn how to play, that kind of information is useless at this time.

After looking online for Harmonica's there are many different types, brands and styles and it's confusing to say the least. I'm sure if I were to just pick one it would be the wrong kind and I'd end up wasting my money.

I think learning from a DVD would be a good idea. I would buy a cheap blues harmonica, dont think brand matters that much in the start.


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