Harmonica

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Harmonica has never been a primary musical instrument in our music, though the reedy tone and vocal-like sustain makes it in many ways similar to the fiddle. With his new record, Bluegrass In The Backwoods , Naiditch has demonstrated that it is possible to blow the harp in a Kenny Baker style, and to play a fiddle tune as smoothly as any Blue Grass Boy.

Harmonica players who amplify their instrument with microphones and tube amplifiers , such as blues harp players, also have a range of techniques that exploit properties of the microphone and the amplifier, such as changing the way the hands are cupped around the instrument and the microphone or rhythmically breathing or chanting into the microphone while playing. Guitar center also offer Harmonica 5 Pack with case here at http://www.guitarcenter.com/Lee-Oskar/Harmonica-5-Pack-with-Case.gc

Harmonica Mic / Case / Belt Pac – Pack includes a Hohner 1490 Blues Blaster harp mic with mic cable, Hohner harmonica belt, and Musician’s Friend harp case. The high-impedance hand-held mic with volume control produces that dirty Chicago blues harp tone. The harmonica belt provides quick, easy access to harps and helps organize different keys during performance. Made of strong vinyl with 6 stretch pockets, a cushioned back and a side quick-release buckle. Fits waists from 29″ to 48″.

A harmonica is easy to carry. Take it out of your hip pocket, knock it against your palm to shake out the dirt and pocket fuzz and bits of tobacco. Now it’s ready. You can do anything with a harmonica: thin reedy single tone, or chords, or melody with rhythm chords. … And you can play and put it back in your pocket. It is always with you, always in your pocket. … And if you lose it or break it, why, it’s no great loss. You can buy another for a quarter.

A harmonica consists of an outer case made out of plastic, wood, or metal called the “comb.” Inside the small case sit reeds that vibrate when the musician blows or draws air through the 10 holes on the edge of the instrument. Reeds are typically made out of brass, steel, aluminum, or plastic. A cover plate surrounds the reeds, usually made out of metal or plastic. The style and material used for the cover plate will determine the overall tone and sound of the harmonica. The mouthpiece of the harmonica helps the musician by making blowing and drawing air through the reeds more comfortable.

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