C Minor Chord on a Chromatic Harmonica in the key of C?

Asked by: Jared Wall

How do you play C minor on harmonica?

If we have a C harmonica we want to play in the key of a minor. So there you're slightly limited. So C C major is known as the relative.

Can you play a chromatic harmonica in any key?

As it has all 12 notes of the Western scale in each octave, it is possible to play a tune in any key using a single chromatic harmonica. Despite this, many models of chromatic harmonica are available in several different keys and this may seem a little strange.

Can a chromatic harmonica play chords?

Short answer: yes, you can play two and three note chords on chromatic harmonica, but not any two and three note chords; it is very unlikely that you would be able to play any reasonably complicated piano repertoire on chromatic harmonica, without significant editing.

What are the notes on a key of C harmonica?

The most common key of harmonica is the key of C. Here’s the note layout of a C diatonic harmonica: I’ve highlighted holes 4 to 7. Notice that the notes for these holes are C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

What are the chords on C harmonica?

The Chords of the C Harmonica

The fifth and final chord you can play on the C harmonica is called a “B minor-seven flat-five,” a chord that combines the qualities of a minor and a seventh chord. Play it by drawing holes 3–4–5–6 or 7–8–9–10.

Do you need a harmonica for every key?

As always, you need a harmonica which matches the key of each blues song. However, most blues harmonica is played in second position, where the harmonica key is different to the key of the song. Details about second position blues harmonica are in the lessons at my Harmonica Academy site.

What is the best key for a chromatic harmonica?


For the chromatic harmonica player the key of choice is C that’s the one you’ll hear 95% of the time. On the chromatic harmonica it is easier than on a diatonic to play in all 12 keys on a single harmonica. Next in line would be a G chromatic harmonica and Low C for a lower range or Bb for the saxophone and Jazz buff.

Where is middle C on a chromatic harmonica?

In the standard 12-hole chromatic in C the lowest note is middle C, while 16-hole variants start one octave lower.

Is chromatic harmonica hard to play?

Chromatic harmonica is a great, under-rated instrument; and in some ways, easier than diatonic (you don’t need to learn to bend notes to play all the notes). Knowing the names of the notes is great for: learning scales, keying songs, reading music, and to play in different keys of music.

Do harmonicas come in minor keys?

The SEYDEL ALL MINOR HARMONICA is the first harmonica that can temporarily be re-tuned from a Major into a Minor key: 3 in 1 – the ALL MINOR HARMONICA is a Richter, a Natural Minor and a Harmonic Minor Harmonica in one instrument! Diatonic Richter harmonicas usually are tuned in Major keys.

How do you play a 10 hole chromatic harmonica?

It sharps up to a c-sharp a D up to a D sharp. So all notes will sharp up a half-step. When you press the slide.

Where are the chords on a harmonica?

The can be played in three places on the harmonica. We have right here in the 1st 2nd 3rd holes. That's that's the 1 chord from the 4 5 & 6 blows.

Are there chords on harmonica?

Guitars and keyboards are the instruments that we most commonly hear playing chords in popular music, but the harmonica is unique in that it’s one of the few wind instruments that can also play chords.

How do I know what key harmonica to use?

So b-flat will take you to an F natural and the B harmonica will take you to an F sharp.

What key harmonica did Bob Dylan use?

The Dylan Signature Series harmonica is tuned to the key of C.

What key are most harmonica songs in?


Key of “C” harmonicas are the most common, and they also make understanding music theory much easier. Should I buy other key diatonic harmonicas as well?- As you improve and begin to play with others or start playing along with CDs, you will want to pick up some of the other key diatonics.