Harmonicas and Stuff offers Hohner,Suzuki ,Seydel and Lee Oskar harmonicas. We provide a unique new shopping experience. We have a wide variety of harmonicas from which to choose from for the everyday harmonica aficionado to the casual harmonica player.
Lee Oskar harmonicas are considered among the best in the business, from the Major diatonic to the Natural Minor harmonica to the Harmonic Minor to the lee oskar Melody Maker.
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Which Harmonica to Buy?
Harmonicas and Stuff recommendations are our experience of selling harmonicas for over 13 years. We encourage you to check out other recommendations of other harmonica players as well, and ultimately make you own decision about the best harmonica for you. If you don’t already own a harmonica – or you’re ready to upgrade – this will help you make an informed decis
If I’m a beginner, which harmonica do you recommend I buy?
2. Economical choice: Hohner Blues Benders If you’re a beginner who would rather “test the waters” (i.e., make sure you’re serious about sticking with harmonica before you invest), the Hohner Blues Bender will get you off to a great start.
Why should beginners start with a harmonica in the key of C?
I recommend you start with a harmonica in the key of C for several reasons. Most importantly, a C harmonica will enable you to be in tune with the majority of beginning level harmonica lessons.
Why don’t you recommend a harmonica with the button on the side?
If you are a beginner or a non-musician, we don’t recommend a harmonica with a button on the side (chromatic) because it’s a much more challenging instrument. we recommend you get off to a great start with the standard 10-hole harmonica first and then you can progress to a chromatic harmonica if you choose. Suzuki chromatic or hohner chromatic & Seydel chromatic harmonicas
IMPORTANT: Once you are ready to learn how to bend, which I consider an intermediate to advanced level technique, a professional harmonica from the list below will be EXTREMELY helpful (bending is the technique that gives the harmonica that soulful “crying” sound).
Professional Harmonicas (ranging in cost from $43 to $100
We consider every harmonica that we sell a great instrument. It doesn't matter the brand or model. If you looking to start or have been playing the harmonica for years we have something you will love.
What is a diatonic harmonica?
“Diatonic” refers to a harp that commonly has 10 holes and plays the scale to which it is tuned (diatonic harmonicas DO NOT have a button on the side). For example, a C diatonic harmonica is tuned to the key of C, which will enable you to easily play the C Major scale. All the economical and professional harmonicas in the above two lists are diatonic.
“Chromatic” harmonicas DO have the side button, enabling them to play all 12 keys. They are considerably more difficult to master. They’re not usually the first choice for professional harp players who want to play Blues, Folk, Country, Rock, Reggae, and Funk.
What is a Chromatic Harmonica
Chromatic harmonica refers to a scale containing all of the 12 tones found in each octave, corresponding to both the white and the black notes on the piano keyboard. The chromatic harmonica contains all of these notes, thus enabling music to be played in all 12 keys on one instrument.
Actually the chrom consists of two diatonic harmonicas joined together, tuned a semitone apart, for example in C-major and C#-major. By pressing in the slide button, the player can switch from one to the other, raising the pitch of each note by one semitone. The tonal layout is the same as in the central octave of the Richter system and is simply repeated in each register, so anyone familiar with the major scale found in holes 4 - 7 . Note bending is not possible in the same way on the chrom however, as the individual reeds are fitted with windsaver valves. The valves close off the draw reed while exhaling and the blow reed while inhaling, thus preventing air loss, but also preventing the two reeds from operating in tandem as on the harmonica.
The chromatic harmonica is sometimes used to great effect in blues, but its musical versatility also makes it suitable for countless other styles and it‘s more commonly heard playing jazz, classical music, pop, soul or standards. Accomplished harmonica players are able to play virtually any kind of music on this harmonicas instrument.
So, what’s the best harmonica if I want to jam along with your lessons,
In summing up, if you are a beginner who would rather save money right now, any economical 10-hole harmonica in the key of C will be fine to start with. We don't choose your brand or model for you because everybody likes different things but we will let you know our top sellers or top choices.
When it comes down to it and you are ready to play harp choose a brand and model that you like and starting playing music today!
The history of the harmonica, also French harp, blues harp, or mouth organ is a free reed, wind instrument used in many musical genres, notably in blues folk music jazz, country, and rock There are many types of harmonicas, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. A harmonica/harp is played by using the mouth *lips and/or tongue* to direct air into and out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Behind the holes on a harmonica are chambers containing at least one reed. A harmonica reed is a flat elongated spring typically made of brass, stainless or bronz, which is secured at one end over a slot that serves as an airway. When the free end is made to vibrate by the player's air, it alternately blocks and unblocks the airway to produce sound.
Harmonica reeds are pre-tuned to individual pitches. Tuning may involve changing a reed's length, the weight near its free end, or the stiffness near its fixed end. Longer, heavier and springier reeds produce deeper, lower sounds; shorter, lighter and stiffer reeds make higher-pitched sounds on harmonicas. If, as on most modern harmonicas, a reed is affixed above or below its slot rather than in the plane of the slot, it responds more easily to air flowing in the direction that initially would push it into the slot, i.e., as a closing reed. This difference in response to air direction makes it possible to include both a blow reed and a draw reed in the same air chamber and to play them separately without relying on flaps of plastic or leather *valves, wind-savers* to block the nonplaying reed.
An very important technique in performance is bending a harmonica: causing a drop in pitch by making embouchu adjustments. It is also possible to bend isolated reeds on harmonicas, as on chromatic and other harmonica models with wind-savers, but also to both lower, and raise (overbend, overblow, overdraw) the pitch produced by pairs of reeds in the same chamber, as on a diatonic or other unvalved harmonica. Such two-reed pitch changes actually involve sound production by the normally silent reed, the opening reed .make harmonicas and stutt your one stop harmonica shop.
Seydel is the oldest harmonica factory in the world still in existence. Seydel harmonicas are some of the best harmonicas on the market. Some of the best selling Seydels are the Classic 1847, the Session Steel and the Sampler harmonica just to name a few. Hohner harmonicas have been on the market for 150 years and are among some of the most popular harmonicas today! Lee Oskar harmonicas come in four different tunings the Lee Oskar Major harmonica, the Melody Maker, Natural Minor and the Harmonic Minor harmonica. The Lee Oskar harmonica also has reed plates so you do not have to buy the whole harmonica if you blow the reeds out. Another great harmonica brand is the Suzuki harmonica. Some of the more popular harmonicas are the chromatic line line such as the SCX-48, SCX- and the SCX-64. The Suzuki diatonic harmonica such as the Promaster and the Manji are the most popular harmonicas in the musical instruments line.