The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, including blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock and roll. There are many types of harmonica, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, octave, orchestral, and bass versions. It is played using the lips and tongue to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. Behind each hole is a chamber containing at least one reed, usually made of brass, stainless steel, or bronze, in a slot that serves as an airway. When made to vibrate by the player's breath, it alternately blocks and unblocks the airway to produce sound. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonica
Reeds are pre-tuned to individual pitches. Longer reeds produce deeper, lower sounds; shorter reeds make higher-pitched sounds. The trick to playing single note melodies on the harmonica is the ability to block all the holes except the one you wish to blow (or draw) through. (It’s a big deal once you master this!) Then anything is possible – blues and rock musicians have really extracted a ton of energy from soulful harmonica-driven music. http://jamescottonsuperharp.com/
The harmonica is incredibly versatile despite its limitations, and is one of the most portable of instruments.
It’s easy to take almost anywhere, to the beach, camping or sitting around a campfire.
Emotional impact is often greatly enhanced emotional impact by dropping pitch with embouchure adjustments. It is possible to bend isolated reeds. Bending reeds is essential for delivering pathos and punch to harmonica solos.
Fantastic harmonica playing that will give you goose bumps - so inspirational!
Harmonica solos also figure prominently in country- style music
and country blues
and even classical music.
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