Posted by ... on June 11, 2002 at 20:48:33:
In Reply to: A Chinese harmonica?? posted by Jeff on June 11, 2002 at 19:55:58:
it's a tremolo harmonica, or maybe an octave harmonica,
if itīs a tremolo one: yo can blow one hole, or suck another, it's not like the diatonic where you can blow/suck the same hole. they are made to play two notes, one is a semitone higher than the other, i think that they usualy are also in the key of C. With a bit of practise you can play chromatically with these harps...
if it's an octave harmonica it's basically the same, but the lower row, instead of one semitone lower is a whole octave lower.
note that these harps arenīt used to play blues, the bending in these harps is much harder to do, and it will kill your harp if you bend only one hole (because it's one reed per hole, the pressure would be much higher than pressure that a diatonic's reed has to support).
but for folk and melodies tremolos are ofen better.
and hey man!, for just $6 don't expect to buy a quality instrument, i bet the same $6 that you will blow that thing out in less than 2 weeks...
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