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An introduction to harmonicas

By 16th December 2016 No Comments
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First patented in Germany in the early 1800s, the harmonica is a fantastic instrument which is easy to learn, simple to maintain and available at a very reasonable price.

Here are some of our favourite facts about this great instrument:

  • The harmonica, also known as a mouth organ or French harp, is classified as a wind instrument as it is played by blowing air into a line of holes
  • Sound is produced by reeds which sit behind each of the holes and vibrate when the player, and the type of sound that each harmonica makes depends of the length, weight and springiness off the reeds
  • Harmonicas are available in a variety of keys, which can each produce a different range of notes
  • Plenty of different music genres welcome the this instrument, including jazz, blues, classic and country
  • The main body of a harmonica is called the ‘comb’, possibly due to its resemblance to a hair comb. The comb is usually made from plastic or metal, although they were originally made from wood.
  • The 60s saw a boost in harmonica sales, perhaps partly due to them being used by Bob Dylan and John Lennon during this decade!
  • Due to the way that the harmonica is played it has been found to give players a strong diaphragm, which can help with respiratory problems

Our popular Clarke 10 hole blues harmonica comes in the key of ‘C’, and features brass and silver alloy reeds, 0.1mm brass plates, and an 8mm premium ABS comb.

The covers are created from 0.4mm stainless steel, and are complete with an electro plated gold finish and a stunning engraving, making it a truly striking instrument.

Packaged in a sturdy cardboard storage tube, our harmonicas come with a history and information sheet, and a handy cleaning cloth – providing all that you need to get started!

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