Teach Yourself to Play Harmonica

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Introduction: Teach Yourself to Play Harmonica

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Don't play an instrument? Learn the Harmonica, it's easy, cheap, portable, and sounds great.

Go to this guys webpage:
http://www.volcano.net/~jackmearl/index.html

he has excellent free online lessons, and songs to practice. The songs are written out in very easy to follow number system (#1 = hole 1 of harmonica, #2 = hole 2, etc), and for each song you can click a play button on the top right of the screen to hear the song played.

Therefore you need no musical background to learn, just start playing according to the numbers and according to the beat you hear when you play the audio sample.

I made a collection of the better songs and their respective audio files (I downloaded the audio files from other random places on the net) and saved it as a .rar file (use winzip or winrar, both free, to open it). So I have everything I need and don't need to connect to the internet to practice.

You can carry around your harmonica and practice it wherever if you put the audio on your ipod and print out the song numberings.

Download the .rar file I attached if you want it.

Enjoy.

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    A new version of HarpNinja has just been released for Diatonic (10-hole or blues/country/folk/reggae) harmonica. http://www.harpninja.com/wp/app/harpninja-diatonic-harmonica/

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    ....don't forget to mention prices range from $20-$30 for the HarpNinja ap!

    1 will be the lowest note, 10(or the last whole) will be the highest :)

    You might also try the following:

    http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/beginning_harmonica.html

    Also try: http://www.harmonica.com/ and this page: http://www.harmonica.com/how-to-play-the-harmonica-714.html

    Anyone interested in learning blues harmonica should also check out Adam Gussow's channel on youtube. youtube.com/user/KudzuRunner.

    If I ever get decent with a diatonic, I might try a chromatic like the one in the picture up there. Don't want to make it more confusing than it is by mixing the two right now. LOL

    Does anyone know from which site can i learn how to play harmonica of 48 holes

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    Sounds like a tremolo harmonica. Don't know much about them, but I did find this:
    http://www.tremoloharmonica.com/

    hey, anyone know how to change the format of the file so i put it on my ipod...it wont work as a .rar?

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    a .rar file is like a .zip file: it's a compressed folder. It's not a music file. To open a .rar you'll need either a free demo version of winzip or winrar, look them up on google. When you use oen of these programs to open the .rar, you will see all of the lesson files (written music and sound files) within.

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    You can use "jZip it is free and the same as winzip

    Or you can use zipGenius or 7zip. Both are free, 7zip being opensource.

     make an account at www.pspiso.com , and you can download the full version free.

    Win RAR is good, because when the free trial runs out, you can still have the program. It may ask you to buy the Software, but the trial still works. I've had it for 5 years!

    i just buy my self a harmonica. and thanks to you now i can learn to play it properly thanks..

    the page you posted look great! thanks

    Something I discovered when I was in the Navy is that a clip for a standard issue 45 caliber pistol is almost exactly the same size as a Hohner Marine Band Harmonica. Two, one of each of two keys, would fit in the two pocket clip holder that goes on the web belt. You could have a whole string of them, one in each key, plus sharps, flats and minor keys in a Chewbacca-like bandolier.