Re: Beginning the harmonica

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Posted by David on June 30, 2002 at 14:34:14:

In Reply to: Beginning the harmonica posted by Ish on June 30, 2002 at 12:21:50:

: Hi,
: I came home from college and found a harmonica that had been gifted to my brother, but he has never used it. Since this is an instrument that interested me,I decided now would be a good time to try and learn to play it. And that is how I came across this site.
: I have to say that this is a great site, but I do have a few problems.
: First, the harmonica that I have is made by Lark, in Shanghai. It has 24 holes in 2 rows (so it has 48 in total). Since there is no mention of harmonicas of this nature on the site, I was wondering if anyone had any information on it. If you go to:


: there is a picture of one similar to the harmonica in my possession on the bottom right. The picture has the caption "M1204 24/48, P.B. 10DZ/CTN"

: Also, I don't have a lot of musical training, so I was wondering how I might find out what key this instrument is in, and also how I might find out for myself if I ever find myself in this situation again. I also don't have access to any musical instruments, such as a piano (which I have heard may be used to determine these 'things', for lack of a better word, sorry).
: I thank anyone in advance who might take the time and effort to read my message and respond to it. I hope to be able to start playing the harmonica soon.
: i can't say for sure what kind it is but it's probably either a tremolo or an echo harp. As far as I know (I'm no expert) these generally are in "C", occasionally in "G". It may be of some use for country or bluegrass but not much for blues, rock or jazz. You'ld probably be better off buying a diatonic harp in "C". Keep in mind that if you spend much less than $20 on it you can expect it to have a very short life. Best of luck in your new endeavor. Mine this sight deeply, there are gems everywhere!

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