The Diatonic Harmonica
is held by the left hand between the
thumb and index finger.
The holes are on the upper side. The lower tones are on
the left side.
Close the fingers of your left hand in an arch, then bring your right hand (fingers closed) behind the harmonica to create a sort of sound box at the back. Hold your thumbs together up front.
You can create a trembling (Vibrato)
effect by opening and closing the fingers of your right hand several times
while playing. Your thumbs should stick together.
Hold the Chromatic Harmonica
with the left hand between the
thumb and index finger. The chromatic
button is on the
Hold your right hand on the other side the same way as the left .
Push the chromatic button with the first joint of the index finger – it raises the note by a half tone.
Blowing and Sound Producing
Try these two ways of blowing into the instrument and select the one most convenient/comfortable for you. Your lips and tongue should be relaxed.
Open your lips with the tongue protruding
slightly out. Place the harmonica between your lips with the tip of your tongue
under hole #4 and blow air straight through the center of the hole. The sides
of your tongue will close the holes on both sides of the hole as you are playing. Try to produce just one
Puckering your Lips
your lips gently but leave a small gap at the center, in front of hole #4.
Bring the harmonica to your lips and blow
air through hole #4. Try to produce
only a single note. Don’t let air escape from the sides of your lips.
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