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All harmonicas listed below are of the Major Diatonic type and work great with all lessons on this site.
The individual harmonicas are shown in the key of C. If you are looking for a different key, not to worry.
Select the harmonica of your choice and you will be redirected to MusiciansFriend.com. There you will be able to select the key that you are looking for.


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Bill November 23, 2013 at 9:40 am

Hi George
Great site, thank you, I have been here many times. I came here looking for tips to put guitar and harp together. I have played guitar for a long time and recently learned harmonica. While I can play each solo I cannot play both at the same time. I cannot even play the simplest of songs together. I can play either one without thinking of chord changes or melody but when I try to play together I have to think about one and mess up the other.
I know it will just take practice but any tips to speed up the process?
Thanks
Bill

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George November 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hi Bill,
Thanks for the question.
When putting together a song for guitar and harmonica it’s good to really have each part down so that you don’t have to think too much about it.
If you’re having problems putting the two together, I suggest simplifying the guitar to the point where you only strum the chord once per measure or per chord change. Playing a simple rhythm on guitar, figure out where the harmonica melody sits rhythmically. For example, what part of the harmonica melody lands on the down beat so you know what note you are playing when you strum a certain chord.
Also, you want to slow everything down and practice small sections at a time and repeat them over and over until you’ve got it. Then fit the pieces together.
A metronome is invaluable for keeping time.
When you have the feel for the rhythm and how the two go together, then you can liven up the guitar part.
Hope that helps.
Cheers, George

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Brian March 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Hi George

Just love your site and the music. I can play the guitar ok (to the standard required in the video’s) but never tried the harmonica, except as a youngster; which was a long time ago! Given this what would you recommend I should consider getting to get going?

Cheers

Brian (UK)

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George March 5, 2013 at 9:20 am

Hi Brian. Thanks for checking out the site.
Getting started on harmonica, I would recommend getting a major diatonic in the key of C and/or G.
Lots of songs in both of those keys. Heart of Gold and The River use a G harmonica; Shanty and Piano Man use a C.
Most harmonica instruction including my own starts with a C harmonica.
The key of C is an easy key signature to introducing music theory.
Also the C harmonica is centrally tuned. The high and low notes are relatively easy to get good sound.
I like the Hohner Special 20 but any listed on this page will work great.
Cheers

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