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Sunday, January 31, 2010


The Harmonica, also called harp, blues harp, french harp, and mouth organ. It is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers) or multiple holes. The pressure caused by blowing or drawing air into the reed chambers causes a reed or multiple reeds to vibrate up and down creating sound. Each chamber has multiple, variable-tuned brass or bronze reeds which are secured at one end and loose on the other end, with the loose end vibrating and creating sound.

VJC Harmonica Band concert 2008 - Resonance X When You Believe (from "Prince of Egypt") Year Twos

This is one of the most cheapest musical instrument that most youngsters can afford when we were kids and some could have owned a few harmonicas. I think the brand is 'Butterfly' and it was made in China. Thanks to our old folks and neighbors for their 'expertise', said blowing and sucking the harmonica is unhygienic. Our next economical musical instrument is the bamboo flute which also shared the same death blow. Blowing the flute at night will attract unseen beings. Oh really?

Heng Ee Harmonica Band won ensemble champion with the song of Orpheus In The Underworld by Offenbach. Conductor: Cheetion

The basic parts of the harmonica are the comb, reed-plates and cover-plates. The comb is the term for the main body of the instrument which contains the air chambers that cover the reeds. The term comb originates from the similarities between simple harmonicas and a hair comb. Harmonica combs were traditionally made from wood, but now are usually made from plastic (ABS) or metal (including titanium for very high-end instruments). Some modern and experimental comb designs are complex in the way that they direct the air. [wikipedia]

This is a beginner HARMONICA LESSON for your "C" harmonica that offers you an exercise for practicing you single note technique. I hope this video helps you with your accuracy with single notes.

The Harmonitones (Bob Ferguson lead harmonica, Doug Fisher chord harmonica and Erine Beitler bass harmonica) play Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in the early 1970's.

Let it be - A great song of The Beatles, was played by Igor Flach. This may be one of the best covered versions for playing harmonica. Let's enjoy his impromptu.

9 muzika comments:

Mei Teng said...

I think a harmonica adds a rustic feel to music. Have you ever tried playing one before?

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Recently I thought I'd try to be more musical and learn how to play the harmonica. But it did not materialize:( I borrowed one from my nephew but that was as far as it got!!!

foongpc said...

I like the sound of the harmonica. Been to a concert where the performer plays the harmonica - so interesting! I wonder if it's easy to learn the harmonica.

Pete said...

I like harmonica melodies. Tried to learn but not good at it! LOL!

Anonymous said...

Thank u :-) you should look at that emo boy one at this blog:

Kelvin said...

I try ti learn once but quit when my saliva went all over it and block some of the notes lol
I just can't stop drooling haha

CheaHS@n said...

Mei Teng ~ I've tried but not for long gave up too soon haha.

Keats ~ Guess the trend and exposure is not great.

foongpc ~ very simple to start by the do re mi. good luck.

Pete ~ same boat haha.

Kelvin ~ drooling over harmonica and not great food haha.

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