#1
I have one handy here and i thought it would be cool to learn and have it for bridges in songs..For instance Time of your life...where the horns come in could probally be played on a Harmonica..Id need one of those harmonica stands around my neck but that could be homemade..
Any one here us an harmonica to accompny their guitar..any tips/advice/sites?
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#2
yeah, i use a rack- dylan style. apparently you can make one with a coat hanger, or get a lee oskar one for 25bucks CDN.
#3
If you're using a diatonic harmonica (more than likely), then you have to have one in the right key for what you're playing in. I have a Hohner Diatonic Neck Rack, and it's fantastic. Fits like a glove, holds secure.

All of my harmonicas are Hohner Marine Band with wooden combs. I absolutely swear by them; they're the only harmonica I'll use.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#4
Quote by Chad48309
If you're using a diatonic harmonica (more than likely), then you have to have one in the right key for what you're playing in. I have a Hohner Diatonic Neck Rack, and it's fantastic. Fits like a glove, holds secure.

All of my harmonicas are Hohner Marine Band with wooden combs. I absolutely swear by them; they're the only harmonica I'll use.


I dont really know the first thing about harrmonics tbh..Im doing a bit research..The harmonica im using just says " western" on it....I think it was bought a few years ago at a market in france for like 20 euro...It was in pretty dirty shape so i cleaned it up a little an put a bit of vaseline on it and it sounds good..
Not really sure how to start playin though..or where to begin
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#5
Yes - and I second the marine band comment. I have blues harps as well, and they're simply not as good. I have a Konig and Mayer rack.
#6
I play both but not together yet. My goal is to get some good ol acoustic and harp blues going, that would be awesome.
#8
Maybe a usefull tip; I've put a strip of self adhesive foam on the lower retaining strip to prevent the harmonica from sliding from side to side (the springs pushing the strips together are strong enough, but the chromed surfaces are much too slippery to hold the harmonica in place. Foam cladding solves this)
A problem I can't solve that easy is gruel clogging up the harmonica because I can't keep myself from looking down at the fretboard to check my fingersettings. A better guitar player would keep his/her back straight and chin high up.

The Hohner MS Pro Harp is my favorite by far. Most people prefer the more mellow tone and warmer sounding MS Blues and Marineband, and sure these are fine harps that I too love to play, but for me the sharper sounding Pro's are exactly the right thing. Maybe not for you, it's all personal preferance, but don't dismiss them just because they aren't wood core.
#9
Ive been lookin into getting started with the harp. Hohner is what Ive been hearing get tossed around a lot. Im looking for a real bluesy harp. Any suggestions? I was also wondering what key would be best to start out with. I was thinking about going with G because I always find myself coming back to a G minor scale.
#10
Quote by Marcel Veltman
Maybe a usefull tip; I've put a strip of self adhesive foam on the lower retaining strip to prevent the harmonica from sliding from side to side (the springs pushing the strips together are strong enough, but the chromed surfaces are much too slippery to hold the harmonica in place. Foam cladding solves this)
A problem I can't solve that easy is gruel clogging up the harmonica because I can't keep myself from looking down at the fretboard to check my fingersettings. A better guitar player would keep his/her back straight and chin high up.

The Hohner MS Pro Harp is my favorite by far. Most people prefer the more mellow tone and warmer sounding MS Blues and Marineband, and sure these are fine harps that I too love to play, but for me the sharper sounding Pro's are exactly the right thing. Maybe not for you, it's all personal preferance, but don't dismiss them just because they aren't wood core.

If you have a diatonic holder, that's not a problem. The diatonic holder has a smaller opening that only accommodates a diatonic harmonica. I find that it never budges when it's locked in.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#11
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Ive been lookin into getting started with the harp. Hohner is what Ive been hearing get tossed around a lot. Im looking for a real bluesy harp. Any suggestions? I was also wondering what key would be best to start out with. I was thinking about going with G because I always find myself coming back to a G minor scale.


The notes for G-minor you'll find on a Bb/A# harp
The G harp is more suitable for G-major and E-minor and most of all for cross harping over the major key of C (i.e. when the important notes of the scale are sucked instead of blown, what makes phrasing particularly easy. Cross harping is where most of the bluesiness comes from)

You can of course use a C harp and a capo on II and do your familiar G minor fingering (no single note scaling; just chords. It is the harmonica that has to do the freaky stuff here) C's come in very handy. I myself use the C, G and D more often then any other of my harmonicas, mostly to accomodate other not very good musicians. Guitarist like to do A minor, fiddlers do D while keyboarders are most happy playing C or Am. Having a C, G and a D in your pocket makes you ready to jam along with any of them.