Hohner Marine Band 1896 Harmonica choice of key
From the birth of the blues, the Marine Band 1896 has been a constant musical fixture. Played by iconic figures such as Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, and Bob Dylan, it remains the top choice for the top professional, as well as aspiring musicians around the globe.
A Frequently Asked Question: What Key Should I choose?
This question comes up almost every day. The easy answer is this.
For beginners, most books will use the key of C. We recommend that you stay with a C until you are ready to move on.
For Playing The Blues: Many blues harmonica songs will be played in the ‘second position’, where the harmonica key is different to the key of the song. For these songs, you will need a harmonica that is a FOURTH above the song key. For example, a blues song in G would use a C harp.
Here is a list of the keys for blues players.
Song Key > Harmonica Key
A > D
Bb > Eb
B > E
C > F
C# > F#
D > G
Eb > Ab
E > A
F > Bb
F# > B
G > C
Ab > Db
The package includes a Hohner Harmonica Product Guide and a 30 Days Free Lesson Offer. See the pocket guide for details.
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