#1
Im confused.
Tommorow im gonna buy a harmonica.
Ive read that a Blues Harp (Johm Mayall Style) is different to a normal harp like (Neil Youngs).

Also with the realatve minors. eg C-G. but than i hear some other Blues thing, like playing in two keys with one Harp? I sunno
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#2
I only know that you have Diatonic and Chromatic harmonicas. The Diatonic harmonics are in one key i.e. C and are good for beginners. The chromatic harmonica offers you all the notes of the major scale.
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#3
Use a C Major Diatonic, prefably a Lee Oskar one.
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#5
Quote by Blues Breaker
Diatonic or chromatic?? What should i buy?


It depends. Diatonic harmonicas are for beginners, such as yourself, but you may want to dive straight in with a chromatic and save yourself buying another harmonica later on.
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#6
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Diatonic or chromatic?? What should i buy?


For a beginner, I recommend you a Diatonic in the key of C Majory (or G). You wouldn't need a chromatic just yet. They are for more advanced players.
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I'm thinking i want to play blues like Yardbirds or John mayall, so can i play that with a diatonic harp?
#8
Quote by Blues Breaker
I'm thinking i want to play blues like Yardbirds or John mayall, so can i play that with a diatonic harp?


Do some research and find out what harps they use. But honestly, it's ridiculous to dive it anything too advanced for a beginner. That's just like getting a noob a Malmsteen Signature strat because he wan't to play full on shred. Start from the beginning and don't fall into the trap of trying anything too hard to begin with.

Get a ****ing Diatonic in C or G.

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#10
Find what key most of the songs you want to learn are in though. Then buy that key and you can play along or just muck about with it. I found you learn more just mucking about with one while your bored. I'd get a diatonic one though.
#11
Blues harmonica is a dying art, its all about the metal harmonica with the kids these days.
#12
dont get a chromatic. diatonics are the ones that the vast majority of people use. get one in C to start with. then start buying ones in the other keys you tend to use a lot.
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#13
on the unplugged album clapton used a diatonic harmonica tuned to C eric was in the blues breakers so maybe there is a connection there?
#14
I have a major diatonic C lee oskar, its great, so easy to bends notes. When you were refering to the blues harmonica, theres 2 ways of playing, normal and cross draw i think, somthing like that. But basically you can bend notes 1, 2, 3, 4 down or up when you get better. Thats how you get the bluesy sound.
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The true master of the chromatic of course would be a Mr John Popper.

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#17
I am starting lo learn blues harmonica too, an di was wondering, how do you bend notes?
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#18
i just picked this up:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Hohner-Piedmont-Blues-7Harmonica-Pack-with-Case?sku=421179


it looks like its down to $20 and it gives you 7 harmonicas, 1 in each of the natural major keys (except it has Bb instead of B). i admit they're not terrific quality for a pro, but for a beginner they're nice to just give you a good base to start from. just play around with them, find which keys you use the most, and then you'll be ready to start spending $20 on a single harmonica.

thats my take at least. worked for me.
#19
Get a diatonic, or better get a few with different keys but one should be C. There are lots of sites with tabs for harmonicas so if you don't know how to play start trying the easy ones (that's how i did it lol). Or don't take my advice i'm crap at it anyway but harmonicas ftw
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Quote by walker-rose
I am starting lo learn blues harmonica too, an di was wondering, how do you bend notes?

pull your tongue back as you draw.
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#22
thanks for the info on bending guys, but my english teacher took my harmonica today, so now im sad
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#23
I don't see what's with the people on here saying that diatonics are for beginners Most players play diatonics more often than not. I started to learn ages ago, and I want to pick it up again. Gonna pick up a few Lee Oskar Diatonics in the usual keys and learn some crossharp (which I never did before).
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#24
Quote by Blues Breaker
I'm thinking i want to play blues like Yardbirds or John mayall, so can i play that with a diatonic harp?


Yes
#25
I have a Lee Oskar in C major, and hold it above Hohners. It just sounds better to me.

You should learn first and second position, then bends (those are tough for beginners) maybe overblows (can't do those yet). Also people reccomend tongue blocking over pucking or U blocking, personally I use U blocking and it suits me fine, but not everyone can do that, so whatever works best for you.

Oh and diatonic harmonicas and not just for beginners. Most professional players use diatonics, and it is the harmonica of choice for blues.
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#26
check out adam gussow's videos on youtube. he plays really well and has a ton of helpful videos all about blues harp.
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Quote by Smokey Amp
I only know that you have Diatonic and Chromatic harmonicas. The Diatonic harmonics are in one key i.e. C and are good for beginners. The chromatic harmonica offers you all the notes of the major scale.


Wouldn't Chromatic just be all the notes? Because by your definition diatonic and chromatic are the same, i.e. all 7 notes of a major scale.
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