ArticlesBlog How to Play a Chromatic Harmonica | Harmonica 101 December 26, 201963 Related posts: Different Types of Harmonicas | Harmonica 101 Related tags : chromatic harmonica harmonica harmonica beginners harmonica blues harmonica lessons Howcast play harmonica Post navigation Previous Article Unstoppable – Motivational Video Next Article [Beat Saber] Panic! At The Disco – High Hopes (EXPERT+) Comments (63) May 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm Hipster alert Reply July 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm ordinarily when u say cromatic harp do you mean c cromatic? I i had to buy one would there be a cromatic harp for each key ? Which one should i buy? Reply August 15, 2011 at 7:07 am @dcalstring for starting out on Chromatic i think that the C/G harp would be the best. Reply November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am I SEEK POLE SHIFT SURVIVAL GROUP Reply January 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm Bynum4life – It sounds like sticking windsavers – very frustrating when you don't know about them. My advice would be to blow and suck up and down the whole instrument a few times then put it in your pocket for about 15 minutes to come up to temperature, sounds a faff but it works 🙂 Reply January 24, 2012 at 1:43 am @Bynum4life If it is a Hohner, I have sent to them and had it repaired no charge and returned. Reply June 7, 2012 at 2:05 am well, there's more to cleaning windsavers than that. Tear off a piece of paper (brown paper bag is good), dampen it, draw slightly across a bar of soap and then slide between the 2 layers of the windsaver..use a separate clean piece of dampened paper to 'rinse'. Keep going until the saliva salts (usual cause of sticking) is gone. Allow to air dry. Of course the covers have to be removed for this. Some of his valves could be curled-one can always replace a valve too. They're sold in packets. Reply June 8, 2012 at 7:31 am You are right about cleaning windsavers but I find that however often I clean them I still need to go through the blow/suck/warm up routine before the instruments will play satisfactorily – this applies to both my Hering VelvetVoice and Suzuki SCX. The Hering will sound "raspy" until warm and the Suzuki has several winsavers that sick and pop until warmed up (they have been well cleaned on a number of occasions). Reply June 15, 2012 at 5:53 am Nice quick rundown, but don't forget that, in hole 16, when you draw with button in, you get a D natural…gives you one more tone than you might expect…free of charge! Reply January 18, 2013 at 5:12 am I don't know about that hat, man 🙁 Reply March 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm this guy reminds me of squidward off of spongbob Reply March 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm Do chromatic harmonicas come in different keys, like the diatonic? Reply March 31, 2013 at 4:20 am its the hat isnt it, because squidward has a big head Reply March 31, 2013 at 11:54 pm Generic insult alert Reply April 1, 2013 at 6:25 am They do. Suzuki, Hohner, and others have one or two models that can be bought in any key (Suzuki SCX and Hohner CX-12 for example). Typically, chromatic players use harmonicas in the key of C. In general, learning a new song (say, in the key of D) is no more difficult on a C harp than on a D harp. However, there are three drawbacks. 1) you have to relearn the song for each key. 2) some styles like irish are easier to play on a harp in the same key. 3) improv is harder in keys other than C. Reply April 13, 2013 at 5:47 am Good instruction from an obviously accomplished player. Should be noted that sound from a harmonica can be obtained by exhaling pushing into a note hole, or inhaling drawing from a note hole. Generally, inhale, pitch rises. Chromatic harmonicas have a slide on right, which generally raises pitch. 4 combin'ns for each hole. Chromatics generally start from C2 130.5cps to C6 2088cps, 4 8ves, 49 note any key tonic in between. Ex: 'That's What Friends Are For' Eb, start Bb: 7 hole: draw, slide in. Reply June 22, 2013 at 4:38 am I learned how to play the harmonica and sound good in less than 3 months with no hard sweat or tears. I was always fascinated by those that played the Harmonica… Check out LENITO.COM it has really good lessons. I learned so quick with their lessons. I heard about LENITO.COM on CNN and at my University in texas it's great! Visit Lenito.com The infamous expansion licenses the mother. The attraction acts the free sign. The animal cultivates the behavior. Reply August 13, 2013 at 7:57 am what's in YOUR head? Reply December 27, 2013 at 6:30 am @Marc Gallagher No you can play in any key on this Reply March 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm That's awesome! Does anyone have an entry chromatic harmonica they'd recommend? I'm considering either the Honer Super Chromonica, or the Suzuki Chromonix. Reply May 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm My name is Rainy Smith. I am 15 and now progressing to a Hohner Super Chromatic. It is harder then a Diatonic. Does anyone know good knowledge videos that will help me? Please. Reply May 30, 2014 at 2:17 am thank you super hipster! Reply January 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm the only reason he's wearing that stupid hat is because he's balding underneath Reply February 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm i have a question wich harmonica is the common use on blues the chromatic harmonica or the diatonic harmonica? Reply June 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm can u show me the tab of that blues please? Reply October 14, 2015 at 5:18 am I like it very much Reply December 1, 2015 at 5:57 pm Looking to get one this weekend, and a marine band crossover C Reply December 30, 2015 at 9:23 am What harmonica was that? what brand? and us there a buyers guide. Reply January 8, 2016 at 8:31 pm Thanks very much for explaining this. I have a beautiful vintage Horner Chromonika harmonica and just couldn't figure out how to play it. Now I know. Thank you so much. Reply February 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm I have that harmonica. l thought I was just bad at bending but I might get a diatonic for that. I'm going to be learning scales soon, aswell as blues scales. Reply June 10, 2016 at 10:31 pm You have a Bachelor's in music and you say: "Sharps up any note up a half step" REALLY?! Reply June 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm Mr Jacobs played blues on a Koch 10-hole Chro…listen to him: Little Walter…wham! Reply October 21, 2016 at 4:53 am I have bought tower 24 holes chromatic harmonica very limited lessons on them and also there are no lessons on about scales what is c c# f g etc can u please make a lessons on them. Reply November 24, 2016 at 12:18 am cool stuff 🙂 Reply March 3, 2017 at 11:10 am i have the exact same harmonica as you😂😂😂😂😂😂😇 Reply May 31, 2017 at 11:56 am I like this harmonica better. Has more of a stevie wonder sound to it. Reply September 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm Is this the instrument used on Shape of My Heart by Sting? Reply November 13, 2017 at 2:24 pm what harmonica would I have to use to play love me do? Reply February 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm Nice Video buuuuut the background music is absolutely unnecessary and distracting. Reply May 6, 2018 at 6:24 am I'm using Hohner Chromonica 64 280 c Chromatic and Meisterklasse 7565 14 Hole's Chromatic.. ➕ in Diatonic I began with Hohner Golden Melody in C and A Key's in the early 1980s..I'm not a professional like you..But I can play 3 music instrument by my ear 👂.. I'm also play Meisterklasse Diatonic, Pro Harp, Seydel Blue's Session,Marine Band Nailed Comb and also Crossover & I have 28 year's old Tower 24 Hole's Chromatic.. I've tried Hohner Super 64 X But finally settled down for Chromonica 64 280 c Chromatic due to it's design authenticity and Sound.. I can notice that you're playing the same type.. So I wrote.. Reply May 24, 2018 at 5:00 am I just wanna play the song from the meme "i will kermit suicide" Reply June 15, 2018 at 11:58 pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=217&v=BvT9rViclOw Reply June 22, 2018 at 6:48 pm i have the bandmaster de luxe chromatic (seydel's system) with 10 holes (2 in 1 hole) and it sounds like an accordion and like a french horn at the lowest pitch Reply August 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm Hi great artist.Can you tell me what kind of microphone do you use in videos?And for the midi bases, what do you use?Thank you very muchAlessioItaly Reply September 27, 2018 at 9:55 am Thanks Reply October 7, 2018 at 7:47 am Chromatic harmonica which reeds are the whole tones and which the semitonesUpper voice plate?Lower voice plate?You can not read this in the manualgreetings from Germany Reply October 17, 2018 at 4:58 am Do you know anything about the Hohner Educator 1. It's a twelve hole diatonic, but I believe it's tuned differently. I have one in the key if C, first position G. It's a bit if an odd one. Any info would be great. I searched the internet for info but got very little. Thanks. Reply October 26, 2018 at 3:43 am Just wanna say mid90s is a ripoff of Kids Reply December 29, 2018 at 7:19 am What sucks about the chromatic harp is it doesn't fit into a harness.That means you need a dialtonic harp to play guitar and harmonica at the same time. Reply January 25, 2019 at 3:20 am I have a question? Is it easier to play single notes on a chromatic Harmonica than a diatonic Harmonica Reply January 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm What brand/model chromatic harmonica are you using in this video? Thanks for the info. Now I know the difference between diatonic and chromatic. Reply February 7, 2019 at 12:39 am I guess I'm out of luck. I've played on a diatonic harmonica in the key of A for most of my bluegrass fiddle songs. I bought a 10 hole chromatic and couldn't find the key of A on it to play my songs. That just doesn't make sens to me, so I guess, as the saying goes, SOL. Reply February 11, 2019 at 11:48 pm Awesome Reply February 17, 2019 at 8:48 pm I just bought a brand new Seydel chromatic harmonica but the reads are rattling should I send it back Reply April 16, 2019 at 4:18 am I want a chromatic harmonica because i don't know how to bend… Reply May 16, 2019 at 11:09 pm I see this is an old post but if anyone can give me some advice I would appreciate it very much. I am a little confused and want to know which key is the best all around for a Chromonica can anyone advise me? I have seen both Key C and Key G. Reply July 21, 2019 at 2:01 am Harmonica is an interesting instrument. Anyone with musical experience and a good ear can pretend they know how to play a diatonic harmonica (as he refers) but I've met few who are actually proficiant Reply August 16, 2019 at 7:52 am How do you bend? Reply September 9, 2019 at 8:03 pm Learn to play harmonica in 2-minutes video. LoL.;) Reply October 8, 2019 at 7:45 pm Hello. Is it possible to play Tango on this type of harmonica? Thanks! Reply October 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm Does chromatic harmonica has different keys also like the diatonic harp? What is the key of chromatic harmonica is the best to start with? Thanks sir for your very educational videos. I'm a guitarist but I suffered from stroke last January,my fingers became stiff so I find it hard to go back to playing the guitar. Since I miss playing music, I decided to switch instrument and harmonica is what interest me most next to guitar. I hope you can help me with enough infos to start with. Your videos I'm sure will help so I subbed. Thank you very much. God bless you! Reply November 1, 2019 at 1:28 am Thank you. Reply December 14, 2019 at 11:22 pm I have a same harmonica with you😌👏🏼 Reply Comment here Cancel reply Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.