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Harmonica Entertainment and General Discussion / 5 Years playing w/video
« Last post by paraguy1 on April 01, 2017, 08:36:06 AM »
Hi everyone its been 5 years now since I first started playing and since I started with the JP lessons. Its been so much fun learning the harmonica here is my latest video.
Introduce Yourself / New to Harping
« Last post by rogerwaskow on January 30, 2017, 02:51:32 PM »
Hi all

My name is Roger and new to harping. Had these lessons for years but never got started. Don't know any songs words but recognize them and say I like them so have to start memorising them so I can play the tune and someone else can sing. Love the harmonica, a camp fire and good company even if it's only my Jessie (dog)
JP Allen's Harmonica Lessons HERE / Work on bending
« Last post by Longeyndave on August 28, 2016, 03:51:40 PM »
 When I'm tired going to bending   What should be working om
JP Allen's Harmonica Lessons HERE / Sorry
« Last post by Longeyndave on August 09, 2016, 03:48:22 PM »
Hey up I'm 64 little technically challenged when it comes to the Forum little difficult to use for me sorry about that but I do have blues in a vault
The Harmonica / Great Little Harp and Blues Harp
« Last post by MrMagoo on August 05, 2016, 01:26:20 AM »
I have those two harmonicas ( M Horner ).

Both have 10 draw/blow holes.

What is the difference ?
Harmonica Maintenance, Repair and Customization / harmonica rack...
« Last post by MrMagoo on June 25, 2016, 01:46:46 PM »
I have a very small collection of HOHNER harmonicas:

one 64 chromonica ( professional model )

1 blues harp Key F

2 great little harps Key C

At this time they are just lying around loose on a piece of velvet cloth.

When i look at my collection it is not easy for me to tell which of the 3 blues harps are which and i always end up grabbing the wrong one.

Is there such a thing as what i would call a holder  or rack for harmonicas ?  Something like guitar holders.

How to Play the Harmonica / Hole 8 struggles
« Last post by Essah on June 01, 2016, 02:53:02 PM »
Complete beginner here.
firstly I'm sorry. I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I actually did quite a lot of searching and never found an experience that truly matched mine while at the same time finding several different answers, which just confused me further. Alright.

So I bought a harmonica. they didn't have a special 20 in the shop so I went for a Hohner Big River Harp instead on the clerks recommendation.

watched some videos on youtube, but noticed I had issues drawing hole 2, 7 and 8. But Mostly 7. Despite reading that it was typical for beginners to blame harmonica for lack of technique, I still came to the conclusion that there surely had to be something wrong with the harmonica's hole 7 cos I was completely unable to get it to make sound, so I returned it. They told me it would take 20 days to RMA it, and I was just getting really into it so I decided to buy another meanwhile assuming that I wouldn't have issues with that too. So I picked up another, this time a Special 20 (which is more pleasant to play, due to not having a sharp edge right in the mouth area. Seems like a weird design choice for the Big River Harp)

Now on the special 20 I've become a little smarter on technique and am able to get sound out of both 2 draw and 7draw. It takes more air than 3-6 draw but it's possible. However 8 is a mystery to me. I can't get any sound out of 8draw the way I play the rest of the holes. (my technique is to eat the harmonica, then gradually narrow my mouth opening until I get a single tone. I've been recommended to rotate the hole openings down into my lower lip as much as possible, but also reading the opposite, to keep the openings perpendicular to the direction of air, which seems contradicting to me.

I'll be in the middle of a tune and as soon as I go to 8 draw it just makes a creaky wind noise, like a draft through an old house.
I read as much as I could and found many different suggestions but discovered that when I tried a little and just focusing on 8 draw I could get it to make some noise by eating the Harmonica some more (deeper in my mouth nom nom) and relaxing my tongue (I think) but anytime I jump to 8 draw directly after another hole it just gives me wind noise. Furthermore if I then focus on 8 draw and go to another hole with the mouth shape that gave me sound on 8 draw. I don't get single tone on the other holes anymore.  I tried consciously changing my mouth shape for 8 draw specifically but it's awkward, a lot of work and in the end I still barely get any sound out of 8 draw and it eats up all my breathe.

furthermore 8 draw and 9 draw always takes half a second or so before it starts making sound and it takes so much air/breath to just make a little bit of sound compared to the other holes.

I'm really looking forward to getting the replacement for the Big River harp so I can compare the 2 and see if there is/was a difference or if it was just my lack of technique that gave that.

I hope someone can tell me what I should do and what I might be doing wrong.

ps. Bonus question, why is hole 5 blow and draw so much louder than the rest at the same amount of blow/draw pressure?
Introduce Yourself / Rookie Essah
« Last post by Essah on June 01, 2016, 02:22:08 PM »
Hello, newly joined  Harmonica rookie here.

Call me Essah, I'm originally Danish but residing now in Czech Republic. i'm in the middle of my twenties currently.
Picked up a harmonica recently since hearing a friend play and realizing it might be a less daunting and expensive melody instrument to get into as opposed to say Piano or Guitar. Certainly is cheaper.

I also play Drums (lately Cajon). Now hoping to become somewhat proficient at Harmonica.
I have a broad music taste but would like to learn to fuse harmonica sound into pop or pop-rock music.

Not much else to say. Feel free to ask anything.
Harmonica Videos and Audios / New key
« Last post by Longeyndave on May 27, 2016, 03:52:35 PM »
Hello everyone trying to figure out what key I should get next. I have a Suzuki pormaster c
And a hohner special 20 in c. But looking for something different. Any suggestions
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