Choosing the right harmonica to fit with guitar part transposed using an alternative tuning?



Asked by: Jenny Berastegui

How do you match a guitar with a harmonica?





Moving your tongue forward and backward while sustaining a sound on the harp creates a vibrato effect. Inhale, or “draw,” on holes one, two, and three to hear a G chord, the V chord in the key of C. Blow on those holes as you play a C chord on the guitar and then draw as you change to a G chord.

What harmonica key is best for guitar?

Traditionally, most players are advised to invest in a harmonica that is in the key of C. The key of C is what most harmonica instruction books will have, and harmonica lessons, and most written sheet music are going to be written in the key of C.

How do I know what key harmonica to use?

To find the note that is up a 5th, simply call the 1st position key labeled on the harmonica the number “1” and count letter names up to “5.” So if C =1, for example, than we would count up D = 2, E = 3, F = 4, G = 5. So, on a C harmonica, 2nd position is the key of G.

Can you tune a harmonica to a different key?

So you need to buy 12 different harmonicas in different keys to play in all the different keys when you're in the key of a pick up your a harmonica when you're in the key of F.

What key harmonica does Bob Dylan use?





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

Is harmonica harder than guitar?

Of those instruments though Guitar will be the best to learn first. It is easier to learn though harder to master than harmonica unless you have the knack. It is also a more versatile instrument helping you to fit into more situations.

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 key harmonica is Mary Jane’s Last Dance?

You will need a harmonica in the key of G, and we will be playing in 3rd position in the key of A minor. However, the original song is actually in between A minor and Bb minor. It is actually slightly out of tune. In live recordings, the band used to play in A minor so that is why I settled for this key.

What should be my second harmonica?

You would use a C harp to play in G. 90% of today’s players use 2nd Position for Blues, Rock, Country and Pop music.



Can a harmonica be out of tune?

Harmonicas can go out of tune with playing, and even new harps straight from the factory aren’t always in good tune. But you don’t have to accept what you get — you can correct out-of-tune notes. Harmonica tuning follows straightforward procedures, but it has some ins and outs that you need to know.

What is Overblow on a harmonica?

An overblow is when you bend a draw reed up while you are blowing. To do this you need to mute the blow reed and then pull the draw reed up while blowing. As against bends, overblows raise the pitch of the note.

What key are most blues harmonica songs in?

Blues songs are usually in E, A, G, C or D, with E, A and G the most common. Other keys are used but these are the most common, particularly with guitar players. So, finding the correct key is educated guesswork. First, we review harmonica keys for second position blues.



What key harmonica is Piano Man?

key of C

The harmonica part on Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” is a fun and easy song to learn on harmonica. Piano Man, originally released in 1973, was Billy Joel’s first hit song. He recorded it in the key of C, which also makes it a great song for beginners to learn on harmonica…

What is the Bluesiest key?

There is no particularly bluesy key there are certain keys that are played much less often and. So you know the key of f sharp.

What scale harmonica should I buy?

First get a harmonica in C. C is the best key to get started because the length of the reeds is average and it’s also the most common key in music. Out of all 12 keys a harmonica in G has the longer reeds and a harmonica in F# has the shortest reeds, C is right in the middle for reed length.



Is 24 holes harmonica good for beginners?

It is EXTREMELY easy to learn to play harmonica. Probably the easiest of all the popular instruments. The biggest advantage with this instrument is its size. You can carry it anywhere in your pocket, and even if you’re playing it for the first time, no matter what you play, it will sound good.

What is the best sounding key for a harmonica?

The Bb is a lovely in between harmonica. It is not too high and screechy or too low and slow. Instead, most techniques will feel relatively easy on it. Indeed, traditionally Bb is the harmonica you start on to learn playing overblows.