Music notations of sounds, from harmonica?



Asked by: Sarah Gilmore

How do you notate a harmonica?





A number followed by a greater than sign “>” means a blow note. (Sometimes you’ll see a + before the hole number.) Each apostrophe ‘ means a 1/2 step bend. A sharp sign “#” (hashtag) after a number means overbend.

What kind of sound does a harmonica make?

It makes a tiny ping sound, nothing like what you hear when you play the harmonica. The sound of the harmonica is created by the action of the reed vibrating through its slot and chopping the air stream. This is similar to the way a siren works.

What are the notes for each hole on a harmonica?

The notes from these holes are C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C, which make up a C major scale. Not surprising for a harmonica in the key of C. However holes 1 to 4 are different. Starting from hole 1, the notes are C, D, E, G, G, B, D, C.

What do the numbers on a harmonica mean?

The numbers tell you what hole you are supposed to play, and a minus sign before a number means a draw note. So, a “5” would mean a 5 blow, and a “-4” would mean a 4 draw. It’s that simple!

What do parentheses mean in harmonica?





However, FYI, parentheses in harmonica tablature that is written for a chromatic harmonica indicates pushing in the button.

What Clef is harmonica in?

Harmonica sight-reading game for notes reading training in treble clef: Play this game to read notes in treble. Here is a Harmonica sight-reading game: Play this game in treble clef to learn how to read music.

How do you make a harmonica growl?

This. What i'm doing is playing a clean three draw and i'm allowing a little bit of the four draw to bleed into it so i start with the three. And then i push the harmonica in a little bit.

How does a harmonica change pitch?

For medium pitch draw bends, the tongue is pushed down and back to flatten the pitch. For the high blow bends, the tongue is pushed forward and as mentioned above the pitch drops more or less abruptly. In both cases the higher notes are played with the tongue further forward in the mouth.

Is harmonica real instrument?

The harmonica, also known as a French harp or mouth organ, is a free reed brass instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock.



How do you remember notes on a harmonica?

A good mnemonic for that is Big Dave Fights Again. So really all you need to remember for the blow holes is CEG three times with an extra C on the end. All you need to remember for the draw holes is D, G, and Big Dave Fights Again twice.

Is harmonica good for lungs?

Playing the harmonica might boost your lung capacity and strengthen your breathing muscles. Doug Martin lay in his hospital bed in 2015 as doctors and nurses treated him for a serious flare-up of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

How often should you wash your harmonica?

So you definitely need to get into a good regime of cleaning your harmonica. I try to clean mine every six weeks to two months.



Do you use your tongue to play harmonica?

Push the tongue to the harmonica. Don’t use the tip of your tongue to block the holes – instead, press it to your lower front teeth and gently push the tongue forward so that the top of your tongue contacts the harmonica. This will allow smooth transitions as you move from hole to hole.

How do I clean and sanitize a harmonica?

And then put a little bit of white vinegar into it you don't to put too much white vinegar in just enough to make a paste and then mix that paste up with your cleaning toothbrush.

Can you get sick from playing harmonica?

If someone is coughing, singing or playing harmonica near you, they will transmit the disease to you via aerosol droplets. Yes it will get into your harp but if it’s gotten to your harp, it’s already gotten to you. And that’s the thing we need to avoid.

Can you boil a harmonica?

However, soaking or boiling a harmonica may make painted surfaces peel, cause the wooden combs to warp or crack, promote corrosion of metal reeds and the reed plate, destroy the wind saving valves and void the warranty. In short, soaking or boiling your harmonica may damage it beyond repair.