Hi Harpsters of Sonic Junction!
Today I will start a new study piece and we are going down a new avenue for this one, on a Chromatic harmonica!
If this is new for you and you are not sure about playing the chromatic harp, or if you have experimented on your own and may be somewhat confused by the instrument (it is tuned and constructed differently than a standard harmonica)…have no fear! We will be utilizing no new techniques, only techniques we have already used on my other study pieces here on Sonic Junction, but we are just now using them on a different type harmonica. If you do play a little chromatic already, this will likely give you a better framework to start learning more and improvising more freely on the instrument for blues.
Any standard chromatic harmonica in the key of C will work (I am using a 12-hole Hohner model 270 “Super Chromonica”) and you can even seek out a “solo tuned” diatonic harmonica in the key of C if the chromatic harmonica is a little intimidating for you. A solo-tuned diatonic harmonica has the same note layout as a chromatic, but is the size of a diatonic harmonica, has no slide on it, and has some notes that you can bend. Either way, get your harp and ready to moan the blues with me on “Moan-a-Chrome”!
- Dennis Gruenling
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
C Chromatic Harmonica in the Key of D
Loop 0:40 Introduction to Moan A Chrome and Chromatic Harmonica
Loop 2:14 Whole Song
Loop 2:14 First Verse
Loop 2:53 Second Verse
Loop 3:29 Third Verse
Loop 4:05 Fourth Verse
Loop 4:42 Fifth Verse
Loop 5:18 Sixth Verse
Loop 5:55 Seventh Verse
Loop 6:30 Eighth Verse