Chromatic Harmonica

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Posted by John Scott Lucas on March 18, 2002 at 16:18:14:

I just spent $70 on a Hohner C chromatic harmonica, because I need to be able to play a couple of solos that have half notes in them that were written out in regular musical notation. But the harmonica doesn't come with a sheet that explains what holes are what notes. Does anybody know where I can find such a chart?

I've been trying to work it out on my own, but the thing is, I'm not a classically trained musician, and I don't have the best of ears (yeah, pathetic I know, but it's what I've got to work with), and I'm having a hard time figuring out which notes are which. I have surmised so far that the 4/5 and the 8/9 holes are the same. And I'm pretty sure that that 4 blow is c (one above middle C). What I'm not sure of is how to deal with the fact that there is no half note between B/C and E/F. So, say you're on E, which is a blow note, and, and you depress the register thing to switch holes, does that mean I'm going up a half step and playing F, or am I playing the E again? Is the draw note on that hole (without depressing the register key) F as well? And does that mean when I continue up the scale, that ascending pattern that had been blow/draw/blow/draw is now reversed -- draw/blow/draw/blow? I'm totally confused!

Any help would be much appreciated!

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