RE: HIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL Week 16 First Round (ENG-ESP): "Stay"! (Original)
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Wonderful interpretation, I like the positive energy that this song transmits. You motivate me to buy my harmonica. I need one in my life. I congratulate you and applaud you, dear Jasper.
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A talented man like you may find it easy! They come in different keys similar to penny whistles.
There are two reeds per hole. One makes a sound when you breathe out. One makes a sound when you breathe in.
Pop music sounds good to emphasize the "out" notes in the same key. This is called "First Position" and is what I'm doing here.
With blues it makes sense to grab a harmonica five semitones up (eg. C harmonica for G blues) and then emphasize the "in" notes. This is called "Second Position" and I have done that for blues originals... Like "Lady Trouble" for the week before this.
A person who specialises in playing harmonica well may learn to bend the reed by changing mouth shape to get a different note out of it, maybe a similar concept to bending guitar strings... This is called "Third position"
You also get fancy big harmonicas called chromonicas that have all the notes and a sliding system to help you choose. I think Stevie Wonder played this style a lot!