Introduction: Teach Yourself to Play Harmonica

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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harpninja made it!(author)2015-03-01

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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behrp made it!(author)2015-06-30

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

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Harmonicaplayergirl made it!(author)2014-10-20

I bought a cheap Non-numbered harmonica, how do i know which numbers are where?

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Sk8erDave made it!(author)2014-11-05

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

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johnsonboys made it!(author)2014-07-20

You might also try the following:

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

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jallen72 made it!(author)2014-01-22

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

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sonicviz made it!(author)2012-09-24

Try Harmonica Software app HarpNinja which is designed for beginners/intermediate players. Bluestime has a good review of version 1.0.

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Pinkly made it!(author)2012-04-21

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

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rchakraborty made it!(author)2011-09-26

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

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Pinkly made it!(author)2012-04-21

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

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awesome harmonica, it it yours? i have a gold and green one but yours is classy

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lemclaughlin119 made it!(author)2007-04-03

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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leevonk made it!(author)2007-04-03

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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fd93 made it!(author)2007-11-18

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

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shaunak made it!(author)2008-11-06

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

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Coliflower made it!(author)2009-12-27

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

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maharg20 made it!(author)2008-09-23

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!

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tetsuxxx made it!(author)2009-08-24

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

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swiwiw made it!(author)2009-04-30

the page you posted look great! thanks

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thepelton made it!(author)2009-02-15

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.

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James+%28pseudo-geek%29 made it!(author)2007-05-18

I have a harmonica but it sounds aweful; is there any way to tune them?

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wackyvorlon made it!(author)2007-08-10

It is possible to tune them. There is a whole field of harmonica hacking, changing the tuning and upgrading harmonicas. There are even vendors who buy stock Hohner Marine Band harmonicas and a replace the wooden comb with a plastic one.

I would pick up a Lee Oskar harmonica, they are excellent and bend very easily. Always watch the #2 draw - if you try it, and get nothing but wheezy squealing, this does not mean that your harmonica is dead. The #2 hole, when being drawn, requires a different embouchure from the rest of the holes. It'll take some practice, but you will get a hang of it.

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its+a+lion made it!(author)2007-06-30

there may be, but since they only cost $20 its usually just easier to get a new one. it may not be tuning thats the problem. the reed could be bad, or it could be stuck, etc. or it could just be a bad harmonica...

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zikman made it!(author)2007-01-16

I see no play button

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leevonk made it!(author)2007-02-08

you have to click on the name of the song at the bottom of the lesson.

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gnargnar made it!(author)2007-04-29

i don't see any way to play the song either. is it only certain songs?
http://www.volcano.net/~jackmearl/hymns/ohymns/o_to_be_like_thee.html
where on that page?

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dannyboy made it!(author)2007-02-13

The beauty of the harmonica is its size. Keep one with ya at all times. Try playing to the radio when in the car (its tough cause ya only get two keys with one harp, straight/cross), when yer contemplating life, waitin' for friends at a concert, etc.... Trust me it'll pay off. I never did learn any songs but I can jam with anyone....and people don't run away or get pissed off anymore;) Just make sure ta get yer 'pucker' down pat.....single notes are the key....then work on accuracy and speed.

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Peter_Pansen made it!(author)2006-11-06

The harmonica is the only instrument that I can play, and I learned it from your site and from Harmonicalessons (on this site only some things are free, other requires an membership :-( )

Peter Pansen

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WolvesOfWar made it!(author)2006-10-08

nice, in 2 weeks, ill be getting 1 lesson from a pro. thank you

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SCrid2000 made it!(author)2006-10-07

Hey, I think I have that same harmonica. Does it say Marine Band on the other side?

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Sk8rDuck made it!(author)2006-10-07

I got a harmonica a few weeks ago cus I wanted to have something I could take with me that is easy to play.

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