Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on July 30, 2001 at 19:41:15:
In Reply to: Want to learn posted by ginny on July 29, 2001 at 21:00:17:
: I bought a harmonica just for fun and now I want to learn. It's a Parrot--Made in China. Has 24 holes double row. Am I doing myself a disservice? Should I just go get a 10 hole? How do I know what is a "C" harp?
: On this one I can kind of pick out the C by ear but I'm never really sure. With a mixture of reading the music on the web site and by ear I kind of pick it out but maybe it would be much faster to just buy a 10 hole. Help!!!!
When I see "made in China," the first thing that often comes to mind is "buyer beware."
But instead of speculating whether or not children are chained to a table, inside some harmonica factory in Beijing, where they're beaten with a cane if they don't meet their quota of assembled products (harmonicas, in this case), let's get you on the right course to becoming the great musician that you're meant to be.
You can make music on your Parrot harmonica, but I recommend that you start with a standard 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C. I don't want to ignite another round of debates between the Hohner loyalists and the Lee Oscar fans, but my personal favorite is the Hohner Special 20. It is nice sounding and, in my honest opinion, user friendly.
Learn to read both music and tab. The ability to play by ear will come with practice.
Practice regularly...and have fun!
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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