Here are our Number 1 recommendations for those of you just starting out in the world of harmonica and music. But, you can't go wrong with any of these regardless of your level. Click below on "Other Instruments" for guitar, keyboards, melodicas, kazoos, and more.
Lee Oskar Major Diatonic- "The No. 1 HarmonicaLessons.com diatonic
harmonica recommendation. The serious beginner can't go wrong with the standard Lee Oskar major diatonic in the key of "C". It is a bit more expensive than some of the other brands, but worth the price for it's consistent volume, tone, and durability. It's airtightness makes it easier to learn to bend on. Be sure to use the pulldown menu to select the key of "C" if you are just starting out. The Lee Oskar harmonicas also feature the 1st Position and 2nd Position [click here for definitions] keys printed on the ends of each diatonic for easy reference. You can also order Lee Oskar Replacement Reed Plates when the reeds go bad."
Marine Band Crossover Harmonica- The classic Hohner Marine Band harmonica has a new sibling. This excellent playing Marine Band Crossover sports a quality air-tight bamboo comb that creates a great tone and ease of bending for blues, rock, country, or whatever style of music you play. Recommended for beginners and pros alike.
Harmonica Lessons.comô (website)- "Free samples available. Over 525 pages of harmonica instruction and information. LEARN IMMEDIATELY !! Includes over 190 of the most popular and requested tabs and songs anywhere -- Learn to play the blues -- Play Techniques like Single Notes & Bending. Can't find or afford a teacher? Besides the text-based instruction and MP3 audio examples, use the Members Forums for help. Theory, Blues Riffs, Complete Beginners Section, and much more."
"Harmonica: Beginners Start Here (book)- *Tips, Techniques, Lessons Plans, and 10 Fun & Easy Songs. *Clear, concise explanations for beginners of all ages. *Simple Song Note Tablature -- You don't need to read music to play. *FREE 3 Month Mini-Membership at HarmonicaLessons.com included. Our thoughts: A great beginners book to get anyone started playing harmonica.
Harmonica Store Super Beginner Package- Save $200 with this Super Starter Package! Recommended by HarmonicaLessons.com as the ultimate package for the serious beginner or enthusiast. Start (or continue) your playing career with quality instruments. The Lee Oskar Major Diatonics and the Hohner #270 Chromatic are favorites of pro harmonica players around the world. Included in the Package: 5 Lee
Oskar Major Diatonic harmonicas in the popular keys of C, D, F, G, and
A; Hohner #270 Chromatic Harmonica (12-Holes, pear wood body); Lee Oskar Repair and Maintenance Kit; Hohner Harmonica Carrying Case.
Hohner CX-12 Chromatic Harmonica- For the average or beginning player, this chromatic is a dream. The CX-12 is a fairly new model for Hohner, but it is quickly becoming popular for its smooth ballad-like sound, easy action, good volume, and ease of disassembly for cleaning and repair. You will most likely want to stick with the key of "C". 12 holes, 3 complete octaves, hole 1 is "middle C".
Bob Dylan Package Deal- The Bob Dylan Package Deal includes all you need to get started playing a la Bob Dylan. His Signature Series Harmonica (in the Key of "C") was a collaboration between Dylan and premier harmonica maker Hohner, who created a
one-of-a-kind diatonic harmonica that features gold-plated reed plates on this 20 reed, 4 inch, 10-hole diatonic. It features a select wood comb and stainless steel covers with Bob Dylan's signature engraved into the top cover plate. Also included is the tab book, "The Harp Styles of Bob Dylan", which along with lyrics and music, includes his harmonica solos in harmonica tablature (tab); and the song book, "Bob Dylan for Harmonica" which has the vocal melodies to his songs in harmonica tablature and standard music notation. Lastly in the package, a Hohner harmonica holder so you can sing, play harmonica and guitar all together, a la Bob.
The other HarmonicaLessons.com class type is a topic or lecture class. Topic classes include: "Vertical Slot Single Notes", "Bending I, II, III", "Breathing: Lessons I, II", "Tongue Blocking", "Beginning Jamming", "Country Harmonica", "Chugging", "12-Bar Blues". View a complete: List of Archived Class Videos (with descriptions).
Member Benefits:- 75 Full-Length Classes -- Over 2500 minutes of Video Instruction (40+ hrs) -- Attend "Live Online Classes" (3-Every-week) -- Beginners thru Advanced -- Learn 24/7 -- Review video lessons as many times as you want -- 1.5 to 2 hrs. of Video added each week.