The harmonica is a great little instrument. It's relatively easy to play, packs a punch, and can fit in your trouser pocket. But a question a lot of beginners have is how to hold a harmonica. Well, that's what we're going to teach you today.
The harmonica (which is also known as the ‘French harp' or ‘mouth organ') is a ‘free reed wind' instrument used in many different music genres across the globe. It was first developed in Europe in the early part of the 19th century. It is played by holding it against the mouth and breathing both in and out.
We have broken this section down into four easy to follow steps.
With your left hand, make a ‘C' shape, ensuring to keep your thumb and first finger parallel.
Securing the harmonica between your thumb and forefinger, hold it in your left hand, as far back as possible.
Align the very tip of your left pinky finger with the top crease of your right.
While holding the harmonica, cup both of your hands together, ensuring that it's airtight (there should be no gaps).
And now you're ready to play! That's all there is to know about how to hold a harmonica!
As with playing any musical instrument, there are little tricks and techniques that really help out a lot. This is no exception when learning how to hold a harmonica.
Here are a few:
Now that you know how to hold a harmonica, you can start to practice and learn your favorite songs! As with any musical instrument, practice is the key, and since the mouth organ is so small and compact, you can hone your playing skills almost anywhere!
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