#1
Didn't know where else to put this...

I REALLY want to teach myself to play harmonica!

Does anyone out there know how to play and would i be able to teach myself over the summer holidays? Also, is it better to get a set of harmonicas in different keys or one harmonica that can change?

I don't REALLY wanna be spending a lot of money on some amazing one just in case i end up completely giving up on it...
#3
It's a harmonica. You blow on it and it makes music, really doesn't get much simpler than that. Once you get that idea mastered, you'll be as good as Bob Dylan.

But there is more complex theory out there, such as straight harp and cross harp (blues harp, bending and what not).

And yes it would be a good idea to get several sets of keys of harmonicas, at most you can play 3 keys with one harmonica. I would suggest finding E, A, C, G harps for starters, and you can then play in those keys as well as the keys of B and D cross harp.

Good luck my friend, and go to the musician talk forum, as well as using google. Because this is a guitar website, not many people will know how to play harmonica in a tech forum (GG&A).
#4
i'm no expert, but i believe once you understand the principal of how it works, it's really easy to pick up and learn to play. unfortunatley i cannot be sure as i no longer have a harmonica and iv lost touch with my friend who knows how to play them.
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#5
its just a matter of learning the "standard repertoire licks" for whatever style your wanting.
i started learning once, i had some cool stuff down in a couple days. you can get really good at playing if you spent a couple months. youtube has some really great videos that teach you how to play. look it up.
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#6
I bought one of those $25 starter packs with a bunch of different keys a few weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. Sure the harmonicas themselves aren't top notch quality-wise, but hey, I just wanted an introduction to the instrument, so they get the job done. As for learning how to play, it's hard going by written or even video lessons. I found it easiest to just put on some song with a harmonica part in a certain key and just play along.
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I bought one of those $25 starter packs with a bunch of different keys a few weeks ago and I couldn't be happier. Sure the harmonicas themselves aren't top notch quality-wise, but hey, I just wanted an introduction to the instrument, so they get the job done. As for learning how to play, it's hard going by written or even video lessons. I found it easiest to just put on some song with a harmonica part in a certain key and just play along.

Where did you get the starter pack from btw? I'm looking for something like that, or somewhere to buy at least a couple more harmonicas. It's frustrating.
#8
^^Guitar Center I have the Hohner Piedmont Blues set with 7 different keys. Again, not the best quality, but it gets the job done if you just want to learn how to play.
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#9
Depends on what kind of harmonica you want to play I play Marine Bands those are like what Dylan and basically anyone in folk plays. But the blues harps are obviously better for blues, easier to bend notes and what not.

But i mean playing folk harp and then blues harp are like 2 different things so if you're trying to John Popper-it then it's definitely gonna take some practice. haha
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#10
I bought a harmonica last fall, and its pretty easy to learn how to sound decent. Once you play single notes and learn to bend notes, you should be able to jam along with a friend playing guitar.

Cross harp, or blues harp, is really fun and not real hard to get started learning.
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#11
Cross harp, or blues harp, is really fun and not real hard to get started learning.

totally...cross harp is fun as **** especially if you're into a lot of dylan or just folky stuff in general, you can make some cool stuff happen.
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