Hot Harmonica Posts

How To: Play the harmonica for fun

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the harmonica. The harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. Holes 1-3 are the chord holes. To play it, move it side to side. Holes 4-7 are the melody holes. The harmonica has keys of A-G. Do not blow too hard or the reeds in the harmonica can be damaged. Blow the bottom reeds by drawing in. Blow the top reeds by blowing out. To create a vibrato, enclose the harmonica in hands while moving one hand simultaneously. This video will benefit those...

How To: Learn different key harmonicas

More often that not, beginner harmonica players will have to be told the key to use during a jam session. It's perfectly reasonable to ask the key, so long as it's before the song starts that you're asking. But if the answer is obvious, you're better off knowing than asking. You don't want to look silly by asking obvious questions. This video will show you to know the key without asking.

How To: Sharpen your harmonica draw scraper

In this instructional harmonica video, learn how to sharpen your harmonica draw scraper after you have been using it for a while. The very best stone you can use to sharpen the draw scraper is the hard Arkansas stone. Better tune your harmonica by sharpening your draw scraper. This video is great for harmonica performers and enthusiasts.

How To: Tune the harmonica using the draw scraper

Watch this instructional harmonica video to help you familiarize yourself with how to tune a harmonica using the draw scraper. This video tutorial provides basics tips on how to get used to using a draw scraper. It is recommended that you find an old tarnished reed plate. Start by scraping on the reed plate to see the kind of mark you make. This video is great for harmonica performers and enthusiasts.

How To: Bend and overblow notes on the harmonica

Learn how to bend and overblow notes on the harmonica with this tutorial. Note bending is a technique that is used to change the pitch of a note and reach notes that are not on the diatonic harmonica. Overblowing is a technique used to produce a different pitch by changing the direction of the wind. Watch this how to video and you can produce these techniques on the harmonica.

How To: Play "Help Me" on the harmonica in different positions

This how to video is overview of the same mode played in different positions on the harmonica. As you can hear there are better positions for the tune "Help Me" than other positions. For example the C harp in 4th sounds the worst because of the unstable root. Even though this tune is traditionally played in 2nd position (cross harp) I prefer to play it on a G harp in 3rd position because I think it offers more sonic options due to it's naturally occurring Dorian mode.

How To: Tune your harmonica to the key of A

Want to play Canned Heat's "On the Road Again" but your harmonica's in the wrong key? No problem: in this elaborate instructional video you'll learn how to tune your harmonica to the key of A by raising the pitch in draw hole 6. And remember: before attempting to adjust the tuning on your favorite harp, it might be wise to practice pitch adjustments on an old, used, broken or cheap harmonica.

How To: Bend on a harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to perform a popular technique called bending on your harmonica. This instructional video covers several different ways to perform this fundamental technique. Bending is not easy--it takes practice. Any level harmonica player will find this how-to video helpful when learning how to bend on a harmonica.

How To: Learn to play the harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn about the philosophies of learning harmonica. The six categories are practice, listen to other people play the harmonica, listen to non-harmonica music, work on specifics, work on playing, and practice. The tips in this helpful instructional video will help you learn to play the harmonica better.

How To: Play the harmonica using the basics

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to start playing the harmonica. This instructional video is meant for beginners and teaches how to hold the harmonica, how to hold your mouth, and basic technique. This helpful how-to video will have you on your way to being a great harmonica player in no time.

How To: Play harmonica with additive techniques

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play some exercises and build techniques on the harmonica. The instructions in this how-to video require a certain amount of knowledge of the harmonica, particularly how to hold it and how to hold your mouth, but this video is still helpful for beginners. This instructional video will help you play harmonica with additive techniques.