I used it for about a month and realized having poor sound and difficult playing. After short time it became useless (even plastic valves were in my mouth!!!). I was 100% disappointed and wasted my 100 euros I paid for a totally worthless 2 year’s old child’s toy.
Don't believe the ad for this harp. When I asked to return it (just a few days after buying) and buy something and no money back else the answer was negative.
Though I feel, I am a specialist in maintaining chromatics, this one was very difficult to be maintained
In few words: it's not worth buying it
Greek melodies: here:
played by many minor – major harmonica keys consecutively minor at intro – major at refrain, accompanied by drums, in songs composed to be Minor - Major as a kind of classic modulation but in modern music.
I would appreciate if you refer any famous songs of your country containing major-minor keys.
For Example: Espana Cani: Here
An easy way of chord finding and how diatonic harmonica is involved in that theory
At 8:00 of the video 3 Greek Pieces with Major , Harmonic minor and Natural minor key harmonicas and guitar
you are wrong
That happens only on marine band hohner and Hohner Special 20 . These 2 models are tuned on a kind of Just Intonation which is called Compromised Just Intonation.
Though my video is in Greek the layouts of true and compromised intonations are easily understood. You can by yourself tune on true intonation as I show on layout in video then the cords will be amazing on that key but solo on other keys will be dissonant
As regards the hohner vs Lee Oscar minor nat it is that I show on the initial post on the modified by me layout.
I repeat for example: If you order :
A hohner Dm nat is as if you would have ordered a Am nat Lee Oscar harmonica …and so on
That layout just advise us to avoid buing the wrong key harmonica
Chromatic in relation to the diatonic harmonica is for all kinds of music and is only limited by practice, talent and player’s imagination.
For me and many other non west music players (playing modes Dorian, Phrygian, Phrygian Dominant hijaz…...in 12 scales.... total hundreds of scales …)
And what is more is to learn improvising at least at the music style used more frequently ( e.g Blues, Rock, Country&Folk, Pop, Latin, Reggae,Jazz )
Of course this does not mean that if you wanted to cover all 12 keys of any of these music kinds (major – minor – modes) you should have carried hundreds of different chromatic keys (you should have needed space for all of them, convenience for their weight and high cost).
But as it happens with all chromatic instruments that is needed is just practice and some tips:
F. e it is an advantage to have at least 3 keys .
• My opinion is the choice of a C key (for men voice) ,
• one in key of A (for women voice )
• one in Bb key if you play in a brass instruments band.
Having these 3 keys we can cover the singers of many orchestras. (It is not difficult for singers to sing a semitone or even a tone above or below and on the other hand for an orchestra is easier to play f.e C instead of Db or C#...so the number of keys is dramatically limited).
a tip f.e is :
The scale Ab / G # is easy in a C key chromatic -since all the notes are played with the SLIDE IN except G note.
I repeat . Learning is just practice
Chromatic harmonicas can bend notes on blow and draw reeds due to the valves (windsavers) on all holes but no more than a half note.
This bending is giving some additional tonality but not as that bluesy sound of a diatonic one. This is because valved bends only affect one reed - the other reed is stopped by the valve - while in diatonic the bending is affected by two reeds (both the draw and blow reed vibrate).
Since you can produce all the notes by a chromatic harmonica, bending is really not needed.
Chromatic harmonica is a great instrument easier than diatonic (no need to learn bending technique to play all the notes).
I bought 2 of them just for playing some traditional song of my country that could not be played by diatonic ( Songs in Greek Modes as hijaz , ousak ,rast..)
I propose CX12 as the best as regards sound ,robust and easy maintenance.
Some such Greek songs in hijaz mode here:
One category that is missing is: ‘’ Members Harmonica Articles’’.
Forum is for short asking/ answering beginner, intermediate, advanced level comments.
‘’ Members Harmonica Articles’’ will be a place where members describe fully and in depth (text, pictures, layouts, videos, sound clips, experience…) a relative harmonica topic which, in my opinion, must be let opened for the author in the future to have permission to edit any vagueness or to enrich it according to member comments.
It will be a category that its topics would be easily found by searching engines and by new visitors of harmonicaclub, while the same topic at forum, after some time , I believe will be lost…..
Of course these articles must be first approved for their clarity ,relativity to both diatonic & chromatic harmonica and are not contain advertising material obvious or not
On the 2nd video though the speech is in Greek is easily understood and from 1:46 I play a major melody using a minor nat harmonica (Ebm nat key harmonica is playing Db )
Note: I think marine band harmonicas sound sweeter than Lee Oscar
An advanced article that will help you choosing the right minor nat harmonica:
For zooming click here:
• Blues, Rock, and Country sound better on 2nd Position .
• 3rd & 4th positions both produce minor nat and Dorian mode
This means you can use any natural minor key from the two companies to play the same melody, simply the patterns change as it changes the tonality .
On the 1st video I play the same Greek melody in 3 different ways:
1. in Ebm nat in 1st position using a hohner Ebm key nat harmonica
2. In Dm nat in 3rd position using a hohner C key harmonica
3. In Am nat in 4th position using a hohner C key harmonica
My name is Stefanos and I was an active member of the old harmonicaclub site.
I am mainly a diatonic harmonica player and chromatic harmonica too which I use mainly for Old Greek Traditional Melodies especially on modes hitzaz (oriental scale for belly dances and table songs) and Ousak (Phrygian mode also for traditional melodies
I hope to offer and get new experiences of this tiny amazing musical instrument.
I usually play diatonic harmonica with my guitar using 4 different harmonica harmonica holder as you can see on one of my videos: