Harmonica Finder Blues
Which harmonica is the best one for my sound?
One of the most-asked questions we hear from players at fairs or in our retail stores is ''which harmonica is right for me?" Many prospective customers do not know the differences in the harmonicas offered. This often leads to buying an instrument for its appearance and after a little while the harmonica disappears in the desk drawer. This page will help you to find the perfect harmonica for your style.
Please click the picture above to find out which category you fall
in... try out the >SAMPLER harmonica which is suited to play in any style.
Diatonic harmonicas with 10 holes (most common models). On all of the instruments from this series all missing semi-tones can be played by using special techniques (Bending and Overblow). This requires a different way of playing compared to the classical approach of playing the harmonica (Playing in different playing positions).
Therefore the 10-hole models became a central stylistic element of Blues music, that's why it is commonly named "Blues-Harp" or simply "Harp". In contrast to the Chromatic Harmonica these models are tuned in the so called Richter tuning, which allows full chord accompaniment by using tongue-techniques.
The classical Blues-harmonica players swear by the traditional wooden combed models, which on all SEYDEL models, is totally sealed and does not swell at all. Many players prefer plastic combs - or even plastic combs with recessed reedplates (SESSION) which prevent the lips from getting in touch with the metallic reedplates. The aluminum combs of the "Favorite" and the "1847 NOBLE" series are anodized. This prevents them tasting of metal. Aluminum combs are very airtight and produce a very brilliant and clear sound.
Furthermore the harmonicas from the Blues series differ in the material used for the reeds. SEYDEL is the only manufacturer to offer instruments with stainless steel reeds. The harmonica reed is a spring, and stainless steel makes abetter spring than brass, plus provides about 5-times longer life than brass reeds.
If you don't know which key you need for a particular piece of music, please click >here.
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