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    Are there any harmonica players here?



    My older brother likes to play harmonica. He picked it up from my grandfather. He's pretty good, knowing little about music, just diddling around. His technique is great.



    Anyways, I kind of want him to get better at it, so I thought it'd be cool to get him a either a decent new set, or maybe one cool harmonica that isn't like something he has from a standard set.



    What would somebody recommend as an Xmas gift for a harmonica player that has a good bang-for-buck value?
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    budget?
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    • #3
      Look at Hohner stuff. Get a Marine Band if you want a standard Diatonic Harmonica. Or you could get him something cool like a Chromatic, Tremolo, or Echo harmonica.

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      • #4
        we were just talking about this...



        harmonica is tough, i cant get the technique down at all to only blow into the one hole
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        • #5
          What's the difference between the Hohner Weekender and the Echo Celeste?
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          • #6
            Special 20 and call it a day
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            • #7
              I like the blues harp and the marine band best.
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              • #8
                Golden Melodys are good for straight harp melody playing.



                If hes a blues guy, get him a nice Lee Oscar in his fav key.

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                • #9
                  I buy the Marine Band ones. I'm not very good, but harmonica sure is fun as ****************.
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                  • #10
                    I have played off and on for the few years now. They are fun instrument once you get the fish-face technique to blow into just one hole. I have a bunch of Lee Oskar harmonica, nearly every key but B-flat currently. They have proven to be durable under my use, allowing you to bend and over-blow within reason. I also picked up a Hohner Low D and an 18-hole chromatic. I don't recommend chromatic for beginners.



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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by jw10
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                      Special 20 and call it a day




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                      • #12
                        special 20 x3!
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                        • #13
                          You can't just blow. You have to suck, too.

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                          • #14
                            Get him Jerry Portnoy's "Blues Harmonica Master Class." Tons of technique and info, and Jerry is a great teacher. Make sure he also has a harp in the Key of C - Hohners are good. If he's a blues guy, get him any CD by Little Walter, Big Walter or Junior Wells. Inspiration goes a long way.



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                              Quote Originally Posted by A.P. Ryder
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                              If he's a blues guy, get him any CD by Little Walter, Big Walter or Junior Wells. Inspiration goes a long way.




                              This. I wouldn't say I'm a great (or even very good) harmonica player, but pretty much everything I know came from a Sonny Boy Williamson CD. One of the great things about blues harp is that there aren't that many notes, so if you hear a lick you like, chances are you can "find" it on your own instrument.

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