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|"A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument, which is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers) or multiple holes. The pressure caused by blowing or drawing air into the reed chambers causes a reed or multiple reeds to vibrate up and down creating sound.|
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Each chamber has multiple, variable-tuned brass or bronze reeds which are secured at one end and loose on the other end, with the loose
end vibrating and creating sound.
Reeds are pre-tuned to individual tones, and each tone is determined according to the size of reed. Longer reeds make deep, low sounds and short reeds make higher-pitched sounds. On certain types of harmonica the pre-tuned reed can be changed (bending a note) to another note by redirecting air flow into the chamber. There are many types of harmonicas, including diatonic, chromatic, tremolo, orchestral, and bass versions. (More below)
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The harmonica is used in blues and American folk music, jazz, classical music, country music, rock and roll, and pop music. The harmonica has other nicknames, especially in blues music, including: "harp," "blues harp," and "mouth organ."
The chromatic harmonica usually uses a button-activated sliding bar to redirect air from the hole in the mouthpiece to the selected reed-plate, although there was one design, the "Machino-Tone", which controlled airflow by means of a lever-operated movable flap on the rear of the instrument.
Strictly speaking, "diatonic"denotes any harmonica that is designed for playing in only one key (though the standard "Richter-tuned" diatonic can be played in other keys by forcing its reeds to play tones that are not part of its basic scale
The tremolo harmonica's distinguishing feature is that it has two reeds per note, with one slightly sharp and the other slightly flat. This provides a unique wavering or warbling sound created by the two reeds being slightly out of tune with each other and the difference in their subsequent waveforms interacting with each other (its beat)
These harmonicas are primarily designed for use in ensemble playing.
The chord harmonica has up to 48 chords: major, seventh, minor, augmented and diminished for ensemble playing. It is laid out in four-note clusters, each sounding a different chord on inhaling or exhaling.
The ChengGong harmonica has a main body, and a sliding mouthpiece. The body is a 24-hole diatonic harmonica that starts from b2 to d6 (covering 3 octaves).
The pitch pipe is a simple specialty harmonica which is designed for providing a reference pitch to singers and other instruments."
This information found: Wikipedia Encylopedia
The harmonica is a reed instrument and is played by blowing air in or drawing out air on the holes or reed chambers of this instrument. It is sometimes called a mouth organ. The blowing or drawing causes the reeds to vibrate, which creates sound. Each reed is pre tuned to a different note depending on the size of the reed. The harmonica is an easy instrument to learn and is so lightweight that it can be carried anywhere.
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