If you want to learn how to play harmonica blues, this article can help you. In our opinion, music is one of the best ways to express yourself and it doesn’t matter what instrument you are using as long as you are playing from your heart. This instrument is certainly one of the smallest instruments and one of America’s traditional music instruments. It was made by Richter, an American immigrant, but it was Mathias Hohner in 19th century, who made diatonic harmonica as we know it today.
How to Play Harmonica
There are many genres to play on harmonica and they all sound very well, but the best style is definitely blues. It is as if this instrument is made for it.
Unfortunately, to play blues on any instrument, you need to master it perfectly so you can produce such magnificent tones. In order to do this you need to have patience and will. So here we go…
First of all, many questions are made about the model of harmonica. One can find thousands of models, but they are all divided into two groups – diatonic and chromatic. If you are a beginner, you should first get the hang on diatonic harmonica, since a lot of songs are played on this model. You should also listen to various blues songs. Next, you should learn how to produce sounds on this instrument. There are two ways to do this – by blowing and drawing air through the 10 holes on your instrument.
To produce a sound you need to use your tongue, so you can play clear tones. With your tongue, you cover all other holes and leave open only the one you want to use. Although this is hard at the beginning, when you master this, you are the half way to succeed in your goal. To play the blues, like on guitar for example, you need to learn how to “bend” tones. You know that sound when the note you are playing sounds like it is crying? That is tone bending. This is very useful in blues, because it is widely used by many artists. Of course, the use of hands is also crucial. You can produce a vibrating sound when you clasp your hands and quickly open and close one hand. With this, you still have to learn parts of music theory. Now, lets see, these are most important parts you have to learn when playing blues harmonica. There are lots of lessons on the web which will help you overcome any problems you have and master this instrument. It is not very easy, but you can do it.