The harmonica is not only associated with the blues but also with jazz, country, rock, pop, and classic music. It is known to be a free reed that is why it is categorized as aerophone and unlike other wind instruments, the harmonica is handy, inexpensive and is easy to get started on.
To begin with, you must form the correct placing of your mouth to the holes of the instrument. Be sure that your lips are moist and that they seal around the holes. Furthermore, you must breathe through the instrument to play clean notes. The way to achieve it is that you should breathe through the instrument rather than suck it. And one of the techniques used in playing harmonica is called bending. The idea of it is simple, you are just changing the airflow pattern to produce a lower note. Tilting the harmonica also works in changing the airflow pattern, however, changing the shape of the mouth is more effective because the air can flow at an angle.
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As you become an expert player of harmonica, you will discover amazing techniques to force the instrument to produce notes beyond what is expected.