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The Two Basic Styles of Playing the Harmonica and Mouth Organ ) are..

It is not the history of the harmonica, that is the "best" of this amazing tale which began in the year 1821, but it the amazing fact of the pure pleasure that sixteen-year-old Christian Friedrich Buschmann inflicted upon us with his new musical invention.

Straight Harp and Cross Harp

Why is a C Harp Used to Play in G?....The answer is simple.
Today most players do not play the harmonica the way it was originally designed to be played!

Keys and Positions
Although it is possible to play in many keys of music on any one harmonica by using various positions, most players use only the first two positions, Straight Harp and Cross Harp.

The Major diatonic harmonica was originally designed for playing simple folk music of the nineteenth century and its notation layout was adequate for that purpose.


The original style of playing, known as Straight Harp, is suitable for playing simple melodies, folk music and various other types of music that call for exact melody lines along with some chords.
Straight Harp is still used by many players today, but due to its simplicity of sound, it is not as popular as Cross Harp.
The evolution of music introduced Blues, Rock and Country and along with these new forms of music came the need for greater expression.


Harmonica players began to experiment and found that when they primarily used the inhale notes, a different kind of sound was provided.
This resulted in a new and more fluid style of playing, known as Cross Harp.
 
90% of today's players use Cross Harp for Blues, Rock, Country & Pop music.
Cross Harp is a more expressive and soulful style because a different kind of "blues scale" is available
PLUS many of the draw reeds can be bent.


But, for most of us, in 1857, the history of the harmonica changed dramatically as German clock maker Matthias Hohner turned to manufacturing harmonic. With the help of his family and a hired workman, he was able to produce 650 instruments that year. Soon after, he added local workers and developed mass production techniques.

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The modified Shield of Arms of the
Ancient Village of Euxton, Lancashire, England. Euxton dot com (TM) an ancient village.

The Village of Euxton, Lancashire, England.
The Village of Euxton, Lancashire, England.The Village of Euxton, Lancashire, England.
Euxton dot com