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GUIDE: HOW TO CHOOSE A HARMONICA

For the correct choose of a proper harmonica you need to:

  1. Decide what music genres you want to play.
  2. What level of difficulty is acceptable for you in acquiring skills? It depends on how much time each day you have to spend on the study of the harmonica.
  3. Choose a harmonica model of the type that suits you the best. Do not buy cheap models that are not from provided below list. As a rule, they are suitable neither for training nor even for playing.
  4. Buy a harmonica in the key of C. All schools and educational materials, as a rule, prepared specifically for the key of C.

Chromatic harmonicas

Musical genres in which this type is most commonly used

  • Jazz
  • Classical music

Difficulty level for a beginner harmonica player

  • Hard

Basic skills required for an adequate playing

  • Play single notes
  • Musical literacy
  • Ability to read sheet music

The most popular and recommended harmonica models

  • Easttop King Dream T12-48K
  • Hohner CX-12
  • Hohner 64 Chromonica
  • Suzuki S-56S Sirius
  • Suzuki SCX-64C
  • Seydel Saxony 12
  • Seydel Symphony

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Diatonic harmonicas

Musical genres in which this type is most commonly used

  • Blues
  • Country music
  • Rock

Difficulty level for a beginner harmonica player

  • Middle
  • Hard

Basic skills required for an adequate playing

  • Single notes
  • Draw bends
  • Blow bends
  • Overblows
  • Ovedraws

The most popular and recommended harmonica models

  • Hohner Golden Melody
  • Hohner Special 20
  • Seydel 1847 Classic
  • Seydel Session Steel
  • Hohner Marine Band Crossover
  • Hohner Marine Band Deluxe
  • Suzuki Olive
  • Suzuki Manji

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Easy diatonic harmonicas (edharmonicas)

Musical genres in which this type is most commonly used

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Soul
  • Jazz
  • Reggae

Difficulty level for a beginner harmonica player

  • Easy

Basic skills required for an adequate playing

  • Single notes
  • Draw bends

The most popular and recommended harmonica models

  • Edharmonica Easttop t008k
  • Edharmonica Seydel 1847 Classic
  • Edharmonica Seydel Session Steel

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Tremolo harmonicas

Musical genres in which this type is most commonly used

  • Folk music
  • Children simple songs

Difficulty level for a beginner harmonica player

  • Middle

Basic skills required for an adequate playing

  • Ability to pick up music on ear
  • Ability to play by tongue slap

The most popular and recommended harmonica models

  • Seydel Sailor Steel
  • Seydel FANFARE-S
  • Hohner Echo 48 Tremolo
  • Hohner M546433 Echo 64
  • Hohner 2504/40 Comet

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