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The scale arrangement characteristic and playing skills of the 10 hole harmonica
Nov 09, 2017


The 10 hole harmonica is a much loved kind of harmonica, and it can be distinguished into different types according to its unique scale arrangement characteristic. The 10 hole harmonica with the most standardized scale arrangement is the Richter System, and most of the 10 hole harmonica players choose it.
This 10 hole harmonica uses the single tone reed to phonate. And each hole has two sounds, so there are 20 sounds, about three octaves. Before playing the 10 hole harmonica, it is necessary to know one of its properties. that is, the bass does not have F and A, the treble does not have B, which is designed specifically for the harmony. However, the player can still use the bending technique to perform the lack of scales.
Considering that the scale arrangement characteristic of the Richter System will have a greater impact on the performance of eastern folk or pop music, there will be a number of other scales arranged in the 10 hole harmonica. However, no matter what kind of scale arrangement, most of the 10 hole harmonicas are mainly gum frets, and there are 10 hole harmonica with wooden frets, aluminum frets and copper frets. And the timbre is different.

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The 10 hole harmonica with gum frets is easy to maintain. It is easy to slide when playing and easy to control the air. It is not easy to scrape the mouth. And the most important point is that the price is moderate, so the beginners should first take into account this kind of harmonica. Some rare 10 hole harmonica are made of silver cover plate and the timbre is very outstanding.
When learning to play the 10 hole harmonica, just like other instruments, you need to be familiar with all kinds of modes and hand positions. Because the unique skills of the 10 hole harmonica, such as bending, over-blowing and over-drawing, are very different from the normal sound. Therefore, you must try to play the same tune in different tunes in order to find the most appropriate tune.

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