Re: beginner's problem

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Posted by randy on April 02, 2001 at 07:27:35:

In Reply to: beginner's problem posted by K. Charles on April 01, 2001 at 08:50:41:

My first harp was a BluesHarp (A). I did not have problems learning in this harp. In fact, I find Blues Harps particularly easy to bend and they have a naturally muffled sound. I don't like MArine Bands because they have that strip that tends to rip into my lip and give me cold sores.
I buy Special 20s or Lee Oskar (plastic combs) but Blues Harps are fine in my opinion. All the greats started on wood. Why not us?
You can soak them in water if you'd like. The wood swells, cuts the air leak if they leak in the first place (I haven't had that problem) and soaking increases that warm muffle. It however cuts the life of the harp. Experiment.

: I decided recently that I wanted to learn the harmonica, so I went to the store and bought one. But I ended up buying a Hohner Blues Harp, which apparently isn't good for beginners because it's made out of wood. Why exactly is it so much trouble for beginners and how much difficulty should I expect learning on a wooden harmonica? This ever happen to anyone. I'd like to know what I should expect in my efforts to learn this instrument.

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