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Harmonicas have been around for a long time, and they're not going anywhere anytime soon. Also known as a French Horn or mouth harp, the harmonica is free wind reed instrument played by forming the mouth over the different holes and directing air through the reeds.

From Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Billy Joel to Blues Traveler, the harmonica has been influencing popular music for more than a century. And you don't have to be an aficionado or professional player to enjoy a good harmonica. Whether it's your first or your fiftieth, grab a harmonica from brands like Hohner, Suzuki, Seydel, and more on Reverb.

What Is a Harmonica?

Also known as a French harp or mouth organ, the harmonica is a free wind reed instrument played by forming the mouth over the different holes and directing air in and out through the reeds. It’s featured in a wide variety of musical genres, including country music, American folk music, blues, classical and rock.

How does a harmonica work?

A harmonica works by forcing air through one or more holes in the harmonica. Behind each hole is a chamber that contains one or more pre-tuned reed plates. Each chamber typically has a reed that produces one note when air is blown through (pushed) and another when air is drawn in (pulled).

Is it hard to learn to play the harmonica?

Like with any instrument, it’s not difficult to pick up a few notes or even a song in your first lesson, especially when using a diatonic harmonica. However, mastering the harmonica takes time and dedication, as does anything.

How much do harmonicas cost?

Harmonica prices range from just a few dollars for plastic toys to thousands of dollars for a sterling silver classical professional harmonica. Ultimately, price depends on construction, harmonica type, brand, and, sometimes, whether or not it's a collector’s item.

What is a good harmonica for a beginner?

A diatonic valve harmonica is typically a good choice for a beginner because of its simplicity, availability, and price. Many beginners start with a 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C.

What are the different types of harmonicas?

There several types of harmonicas:

  • Diatonic harmonicas (overbend and valved)
  • Chromatic harmonicas
  • East Asian tremolo harmonicas
  • European tremolo harmonicas
  • Octave harmonicas
  • Chord harmonicas
  • Bass harmonicas
  • What keys do harmonicas come in?
  • You can find a harmonica tuned to any of the 12 keys.

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