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How to learn the harmonica systematically?
Aug 21, 2017

First step, determine your harmonica type. Generally speaking, the harmonica is divided into three kinds: polyphonic harmonica, half scale harmonica, 10 hole harmonica (blues harmonica). Different harmonica learning methods will be slightly different, the timbre is different. Polyphonic harmonica is one of the most popular harmonica in Asia, which was used in old Chinese TV dramas. There are 21 holes, 24 holes, 28 holes and other different models. The biggest feature is that it has up and down two rows of holes, between the upper and lower holes in the frequency of a little difference, playing when the resonance will produce a pleasant echo. Used to play some ballad (folk) and country music (country). Each hole can only be issued one sound, there is a blow hole and suction hole of the points, blowing suction hole staggered arrangement. Polyphonic harmonica is recommended for Japanese tong Bao Tombo harmonica. Get started remember to choose c. If you like blowing some old songs, it's a good choice.

Ten-hole harmonica
The harmonica, which is also known as the blues harmonica, is often heard in American westerns. It has only 10 holes, the smallest of three kinds of harmonica, and one palm can be lowered. Suitable for playing blues (Blues), rock, Country (country), folk (folk), jazz (jazz) and other styles, with a considerable imitation of the ability, beautiful with a point of melancholy. At the same time, the 10-hole harmonica's pressure-tone technique makes the 10-hole harmonica can use portamento and other skills when playing, and has unique expressive force. But because of the chord problem and the hole number problem, there is no bass 6 and bass 4 generally in the bass section. Each hole can be issued two tones, blowing is a sound, suction is a sound. The quality of the 10-hole harmonica in China is difficult to compliment. Simply want to play the domestic piano can also be done, the brand does not matter, but because of the air tightness factors such as the follow-up skills (such as "sound") of the exercise has an impact. So I recommend imported piano, Germany Honher special 20, which is probably the most classic entry model (at least in the domestic circle), the right price, quality is good. Other imported piano can also be, mainly Germany honher, Seydel and Japan Tong Bao Tombo, Suzuki. Beginners do not choose Mugchen (using wood) improper use of the piano will swell. It's a good choice to listen to blues and rock-and-roll tunes. The same beginner chooses C tone.

Chromatic harmonica
Chromatic harmonica, the biggest feature is that there will be a small "push button" on the left, and the tone of the entire harmonica will rise by half. There are 12 holes and 16 holes and other models. Because it can play all the chromatic, so it is the most expressive of the three kinds of harmonica, known as "The Piano in the Pocket" (10 holes and polyphonic can not directly play the chromatic). People just need a C-tune to play all the tunes, very, very well suited to play classical music, but also very suitable for playing ACG music.

The second step is to prepare:
In fact, there is not too much burden on music theory, the harmonica as one of the most easy to get into the instrument does not need too much knowledge of music, and even some of the harmonica masters do not know the spectrum. However, the system of learning music theory knowledge is necessary, which can give you a lot of help, shorten your study time.
Notation notation must study, the reason is very simple, most of the domestic textbooks provide notation, but not necessarily provide staff. In addition notation is easy to learn, the school music class should have spoken. To search on the internet to learn.
Staff the staff should have the highest priority if learning a chromatic scale. Classical music is almost always written in staff. In addition, the staff notation is more consistent with the chromatic harmonica. But more complicated, to learn to buy a book, this investment is worth.

Third Step Note:
There are a few caveats to note beforehand:
Do not wash the harmonica directly with water, to clean the words with alcohol to wipe it.
Do not open the harmonica that is fixed with rivets, otherwise it cannot be fitted up.
Don't eat and drink before you play. Rinse before playing.
stored in a dry place.
Harmonica is consumables, because of metal fatigue and other reasons the harmonica will be scrapped for a period of 3 months ~ 1.5
If you suddenly find a sound strange in the course of the play, or the pitch becomes low. In the case that no foreign body blockage, do not play, because this reed is likely to have "broken spring" is to life, if you continue playing will really fall down, once inhaled trachea consequences are very serious! In this case, either send to repair or change the piano.

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