Basic Harmonica Definitions

Basic Harmonica Definitions

Learn the basic terminology used by harmonica players.
How Does The Harmonica Work?

How Does The Harmonica Work?

How does the harmonica work? You inhale through it or exhale through it and it makes notes. You change the shape of your mouth, move your tongue around, open and close your throat, breathe with different pressures and attacks, and the notes it makes changes. You do it enough and you figure out what makes what happen.
Parts of a Harmonica

Parts of a Harmonica

We breakdown the parts of a harmonica and what purposes they are used. Reeds, cover plates, windsavers, and mouthpieces. Find out how your harmonica works here.
How to Hold Your Harmonica

How to Hold Your Harmonica

Open cup or closed cup? Find out how to hold your harmonica.
How To Breathe When Playing Harmonica

How To Breathe When Playing Harmonica

To play like a pro, it’s essential that you learn how to breathe correctly. It’s the only way to produce notes that sound full and pleasing to the ear without running out of breath.
Bending Notes With The Harmonica

Bending Notes With The Harmonica

If you play the main blow and draw notes available on a diatonic harmonica, you’ll be able to sound seven different notes (or 19 different pitches, if you count the notes that repeat). The complete chromatic scale contains 12 different notes, which means that the standard diatonic harmonica is “missing” five notes. A special technique called bending makes it possible to play some of the missing notes of the chromatic scale on any ordinary diatonic harmonica.

Harmonicas for Beginners

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