Re: is something wrong?

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Posted by Rich on January 04, 2002 at 14:07:08:

In Reply to: Re: is something wrong? posted by Bill Phelb on December 27, 2001 at 01:57:27:

Hohner Chromo's have wind savers which make it difficult to blow hard. In my opinion, the upper and lower extreme notes on any harp are the most difficult to play I found I didn't need nearly the air to play a chromo vs a diatonic. Although they play a bit different, you can play all the notes of any song on a chromatic. On a diatonic it is a bit more difficult and some notes require bending - which is not easy to control for beginners. Now after saying all that I would also recommend a diatonic in the key of C for a beginner.. I use the Hohner Special 20's and Lee Oskar"s.. They are easy to play and not too expensive. Rich

: Chromatics are usually not good for beginners. Read through this site (use the link above that says "Playing 2 Draw" for breathing help), buy a diatonic in C and have a great time.

: Bill

: : i've got this harmonic, a hohner chromatic 12 hole harmonica. I don't know much about harmonicas, i don't even know which key it's in cause i'm not the one who bought it, it's new but to me it feels as if somethings wrong with it, but i'm just a beginner , so it might just be perfectly normal.
: : the things i thought were wrong were that the lowest 2 and highest two were more difficult to play than the ones in the middle, if i blew to hard it felt as if it was blocked and wouldn't sounds normal (the sound would dull and lower)
: : Another thing i noticed is that holes 4 and 5 sound the same, aswell as hole 8 and 9.
: : The last thing i noticed was that the lowest hole kind of crackles or buzzes when i finish blowing, but only when i stop playing (but it's not noticable when i play with my lips on the holes, only when i blow into it from a small distance)
: : I really want to have a good start, so i hope i can get some help here

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