Before purchasing Harmonicas for sale, it is good to know a little about the actual make up and construction of a Harmonica. This is a description of the parts of a Harmonica and what they are made of, and how its parts affect sound quality.
So you want to learn to play a musical instrument? Visions of rock stardom dance in your head. You reach for a guitar. Not so Fast! There are plenty of other options. The seldom-considered harmonica (also know as a harp) is one of them.
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Numero's Uno and Dos: It doesn't cost much, and it is simple to get started. I spent a total of probably $200 on three failed attempts to learn to play guitar. I was going to be the next Ani Difranco. I never learned to play one song that sounded like a song. I came to the conclusion that I was musically incompetent, that something just wasn't right in my head to learn music. When I set out to learn the harmonica, I spent $25 on a harp, and $2 on a second-hand "Learn to Play Harmonica" book. Within two days, I was playing "guess that song" with my husband, and he was guessing correctly. It took longer to really learn to play from memory, but the initial results kept me going. There are also many free harmonica lessons available online, and free harmonica tabs. It is perfectly possible to never even have the need to purchase a "Learn to Play" book. Harmonicas are available for less than $25 too, but quality is an issue.
Number Three: The harmonica is portable. You can practice and entertain yourself, your friends, and total strangers anywhere you go. Except maybe the airport. Who knows what they'll ban next! Take it to the mountains, take it to the beach. Amuse small children in Latin American countries. You can stick a harmonica in your pocket, purse, glove compartment, backpack...the possibilities are endless. There are even key chain mini-harmonicas.
Number Four: You don't have to read music. Harmonica tablature is a system of notation that tells you whether to blow or draw on the numbered holes of a harmonica to play a song. Harp tabs are available for free online for nearly any popular song you can imagine, from "Oh Susana" to the Beatles.
Number Five: It is a versatile instrument. Harmonicas can be used to play folk, country, rock, blues, jazz, even classical music.
Number Six: It's fun! Surprise your mother with a happy birthday serenade, play to make your dog howl along, learn the theme to "Gilligan's Island." You can do a lot of wacky things with a harmonica.
Number Seven: It's unique. How many people do you know who play guitar? Now, how many people do you know who play the blues harp?
Number Eight: It's cool. If the Beatles used harmonica in their music ("Love Me Do", for one), Bob Dylan plays harmonica. It's also called a tin sandwich. How much cooler can you get?
Number Nine: You'll expand your understanding of music. Who knows, you might even want to learn to read music, eventually. You'll start noticing the harmonica in songs where you never noticed it before. You'll gain an all-new appreciation of the wail and moan of the blues.
Number Ten: You'll never be lonely again. What, you don't believe me? Just listen to Hal Leighton, author of "How to Play the Harmonica for Fun and Profit"..."Once you have learned to play the Harmonica, you will never be lonely again. You will always be in demand for parties, community entertainments, church and club affairs.