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Old 11-15-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Where to start with playing Harmonica/Mouth Organ?

I have one and a good one too apparently.

Do you guys have any tips on where to start without paid for lessons?
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:54 AM   #3
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:03 AM   #4
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google is your friend. that being said, I play harmonica, learnt what Iknow from a book, and picked stuff up by ear. the hardest part is learning to bend.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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google is your friend. that being said, I play harmonica, learnt what Iknow from a book, and picked stuff up by ear. the hardest part is learning to bend.


Couldn't they add something like a whammy bar to make it easier?
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:23 AM   #6
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Watch a lot of live Bob Dylan type videos and, see/do.

I mean, I don't do that myself even though I have an old one with nothing to hold it with if my hands are occupied but, I'd imagine that's what I would do, if I wanted to do that.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:10 AM   #7
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Like most things, there are a lot of different ways to play and different styles...
For "straight" harp, like Dylan and the folk-music lads and such, you play a harp in the same key as you're doing the song. You learn the essential chord positions and some nice little melodic runs. You can take this as far as you like. A lot of older country tunes featured a lot of very-well-played harp. Look up "Charlie McCoy".
Then, for blues, you'll want to learn the various "cross harp" positions. You play a harp in a different key than the song, which puts the essential "blue" notes and chords on draw holes, which are easier to bend.
Or, you can get really far out and try your hand at advanced stuff like Stevie Wonder's jazzy styles (he actually plays octaves) and Howard Levy who plays dead on chromatic runs on a diatonic harp.
We have a local guy, Sandy Weltmann, who does the same thing. I think he has some instructional material online.
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Couldn't they add something like a whammy bar to make it easier?

get a chromatic harp then :P




see that button on the side? it drops the notes a semitone, so you can get a whammy type sound out of it
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