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The harmonica is used in nearly every type of music, from blues and jazz to country and rock. In this video, music teacher Marcus Milius teaches you about the different types of harmonicas.
"Hi, my name is Marcus Milius. I play harmonica. I got a degree at the University of Southern California, a Bachelor's of Music, in Jazz Studies - Chromatic Harmonica. I play and teach harmonica here in New York City, and I'm happy to show you what I do.
One thing that is very confusing about harmonica is that there are so many different kinds. Often times this is just the difference in names, in models, or brands. For instance, the blues harp the marine pan, the special twenty, the golden melody which are all diatonic harmonicas by the Horner company and they are really all very similar. But the main differences in harmonica will be primarily the diatonic and chromatic harmonica. There are many others as well as base harmonica, chord harmonica, echo harmonica, or tremolo harmonica. And they all have different sounds, but primarily it divides into diatonic and chromatic harmonica. Chromatic harmonica looks like this. It plays in all keys, and sounds a bit like the artists Stevie Wonder or twist talemen. Diatonic harmonicas will be set up in one key and you'll need twelve of them to play in every key and they tend to have a bluesier folkier sound, or a bluesy sound. And you'll notice that they bend very nicely, and they have really nice double stops or chords. The other harmonicas that are out there would be the base harmonica, chord harmonicas which are really big, there are also diatonic harmonicas that are tuned to minor, or other scales. There are diatonic harmonicas that have a very organ like sound and they're called echo harps or tremolo harps. So, that takes a lot of investigating to know the difference. But usually most people are going to be playing the majority of recordings that you hear will be chromatic harmonica and diatonic harmonica and they're pretty easy to hear the difference between.
Cheers for the video m8.
I'm a piano player who recently hasnt been able to play much at all dew to problems in hands arms and neck.
I just purchased both a diatonic and chromatic harmonica thanks to this video (: I will be able to express myself and explore music once again without the need of my fingers (:
Edit/p.s I love toots theilman! the first time i ever heard a harmonica being played in the jazz context was a recording of him and bill evans playing together
Vince Magada I think you are comparing hohner golden melody with others harmonica. The different between golden melody and others is the tuning, golden melody has equal temperament tuning that more suitable for playing melody and single notes. Many jazz player prefers this tuning. Meanwhile for other harmonica, they all have richter tuning. In richter tuning, they are not tuned to the perfect pitch but is really smooth and nice for chord playing and bluesy sound.
Sir, i have good control over the tower chromatic harmonica, but now i bought the hohner ocean star C harmonica and I'm facing a huge lot of problems with it.
Where can i get help, because i searched a lot but coudn't find a lot.
Hello Sir, I want to gift harmonica to my best friend & I don't know how to choose a best harmonica. I got bit idea about the harmonica from your video.. so I just want to know which Harmonica you have shown at the starting (16 holes chromatic)? Can you suggest me for same... which would be the best harmonica for long run period to be use in future at advance level also.. Please suggest... Thanks in advance :)
hi marcus! im sofi from Chile. I got an old Hohner echo harmonica from my grandfather and imstarting to getinto it. Nobody know anything about this type of harmonica and i really need some help or would love to hear some examples ofhow it should sound or what kind of music can you play with it. If you haave the chance of uploading a video playing it i would apreciate it so much!! Thanks very much for your great videos!
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Gettiung back to the (brand new harp i just bought ) i can not get that bluesy sound
what's the secret I can play soundtracks by ear e.g marcia without hope , wandering star etc BUT i cannot get that sound GGGGrrrrr!! lol
Learning to bend is not very hard. To start bending is much easier on draws but can be done on blows. And the basics are te you need to tighten your embouchure and draw more air faster. The correct ammount of both of those things your gonna have to find by yourself. Because depending on the harp Nd other thing it can change.
how on earth did your average cowboy learn to bend? (gunsmoke,Rawhide, to name only a few. Those programs gave me the insperation to learn in the first place And people tell me "you can play that good ,how do i know if i can already do it? but i do seem to sound like C/western in bits and pieces but you can't tell what you actually sound like unless you can stand on the other side..of yourself?
Hi, I have a Harmonica which looks like a Tremolo Harmonica but it has 18 holes. I don't understand that what kind of harmonica it is. I was gifted with it as a kid. So I dont know whether it falls under any category or is simply a toy one.Please help. Thank you!
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i like that blues sound, i bought a diatonic harmonica recently that has 10 holes and it says it's Tune A, but the sound doesn't sound like blues, is it good to play blues ?.. i want a harmonica that has that specific blues sound :/
I have a harmonica but im not sure what kind it is, I got it from the dolar store and it has
32 holes, 16 on top 16 on the bottom. help? it doesn't make any sort of sound as the blues harmonicas ive seen. when I play it it just makes a lot of different chords.
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