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The harmonica is a soulful instrument that can be used to play everything from blues, to rock and roll.
It is a miraculous instrument that can be played in genres spanning from blues to rock. It has the ability to produce over 10 different notes and bend them into dozens of harmonies, which makes it one of the most versatile instruments on earth!
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We have an epic range of Hohner harmonicas for sale!
Hohner harmonicas are the most popular and well-known melodic folk instrument worldwide. Even though Hohner is a German brand, their harmonicas are made in China nowadays. The first Chinese-made harmonicas were manufactured by Tianjin Seebach Industrial Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Seebach Musical Instrument Group which was founded in 1978. Seebach started producing harmonicas in 1990. It was the first manufacturer of harmonica in China, which is also known as “Hohner copy”. Back then they produced cheap Hohner copies and they were considered to be low-end harmonicas.
In 2005 Seebach started to produce the Marine Band 1896, a very popular model by Hohner. But a year later, they also started producing a special model, the Marine Band 330 Deluxe, specifically designed for Chinese musicians. This model has a unique set of reeds and an ABS comb integrated into a fully plastic body, so it won’t swell or shrink with humidity changes. The most distinguishing feature of these harmonicas is the shape of reed-plates. They’re in a V form and they’re placed at a specific angle inside the comb, which gives them an improved volume and tone. This specific design is also known as “tone chamber” and it was developed by Seebach, especially for Chinese music, where we often play with extremely high tunings (e.g.: A=442Hz).
Today we know many Chinese-made harmonicas, which are all copies or variations of Hohner’s Marine Band 1896 and Marine Band 330 Deluxe models. The price range is decent, but there are also some very expensive high-quality harmonicas.
The harmonica is a delightful, versatile instrument that has been enjoyed by individuals who enjoy playing all sorts of music from blues to rock. We have a huge range of harmonicas for sale online with AfterPay ZipPay and PayPal available for your convenience.
The harmonica is a wind instrument used in many genres of music all over the world. It is typically made of brass or stainless steel and has a series of holes along its length that the player covers with their fingers to produce different notes. The harmonica is also known as a French harp or mouth organ.
There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. Each type has its own unique set of notes that can be played. Diatonic harmonicas are the most common type and are available in many different keys. Chromatic harmonicas have a wider range of notes and can be used to play melodies.
Trem harmonicas use an effect similar to that of a wah-wah pedal. Octave harmonica can produce different notes depending on where it’s played. Orchestral harmonica includes many individual instruments within one harmonica, while bass harmonica has two layers of reeds for a more powerful sound.
The harmonica was invented in 1821 by Christian Messner, who called the instrument the “hand-organ” or “mouth organ”. The next year, Franz Anton Schiefer was granted a patent for his harmonica made with ten pieces of metal and produced over six octaves. This harmonica is now considered to be the prototype for all future harmonicas since it had all the features found on modern harmonicas.
The harmonica harp is a variant of the harmonica that is specifically designed for blues music. It features “Patented Acoustic Covers” (PAC) for greater volume and easy note bending with its airtight plastic comb and thicker reed plates for a consistent tone. It also comes with 30 days of Free Lessons from David Barrett’s Blues Bender Academy.
How to Play?
The Harmonica is a free-reed instrument traditionally used in blues music but has gained popularity in other genres as well. It consists of a single octave range, usually written for the key of C or A major. There are two different types of harmonicas used by professionals- diatonic and chromatic. Most players will become proficient using one style over the other. Diatonic harmonicas are affordable entry level instruments great for beginners who want to learn how to play harmonica songs right away. Chromatic harmonicas use micro-switches that allow for more notes, and are favoured by jazz and classical players.
To play the harmonica, you will need to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You can either use your hands to cup the instrument in front of you or use a harmonica holder. When you are first starting out, it is best to use a chromatic harmonica as they have more notes and are easier to play.
Now that you have all of the basics down, it’s time to start learning how to play some tunes!