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Harmonica CDs: Diatonic Harmonica

Diatonic- The standard 10-hole diatonic harmonicas come in all 12 keys of music and allow you to play a complete 7-note scale of the key of the harmonica. Additional notes from outside the scale can be acquired by "bending" certain draw (inhale) and blow (exhale) notes. Most professionals primarily play diatonic harmonica. Diatonic harmonicas are typically used in blues, rock, country, and folk, but can also be found in nearly all styles of music. They are sometimes referred to as a "blues harp", "harp", "short harp", or "standard 10-hole".

Note: All keys of standard diatonic harmonicas are layed out and played the same way. That is, if you own a standard 10-hole diatonic in a key other than the key of "C" (like an "A" or "D" for instance), it will play the same as the "C" for songs, riffs, and instruction, but the music comes out in a different key.
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Buy Harmonica Classics CD Check price or purchase Blues Masters Vol. 4- "Harmonica Classics"- Some of the best from the best. Songs include: Juke - Little Walter, Rocket 88 - Jimmy Cotton, Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson, Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells, Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite, Blues With A Feeling - Butterfield Blues Band, and more. 3 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy More Harmonica Classics CD Check price or purchase Blues Masters Vol. 16- "More Harmonica Classics"- More of the best from the best. Songs include: Off The Wall - Little Walter, Cotton Crop blues - Jimmy Cotton, Keep It To Yourself - Sonny Boy Williamson, Help Me - Junior Wells, Whammer Jammer - Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), Pawnshop Bound - William Clarke, Hootin' Blues No. 2- Sonny Terry, and nine more. 4 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy L. Walter Check price or purchase Little Walter- "His Best"- Little Walter is one of the pioneers of Chicago blues harmonica and this is a good sampling of some of his best. All songs are played in the 2nd position. 20 songs, cheap price, good deal. 8 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
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Buy McCoy Greatest Hits CD Check price or purchase McCoy, Charlie- "Greatest Hits"- The godfather of country and bluegrass harmonica. If you have never heard Charlie's melodic country flavored playing, you really should. This greatest hits collection features some of his best playing of classic country tunes. All instrumental.
Buy McCoy Blues CD Check price or purchase McCoy, Charlie- "Harpin' The Blues"- The godfather of country and bluegrass harmonica. If you have never heard Charlie's melodic country flavored playing, you really should. All songs on this record are played in the 2nd position. This album is blues, but very country flavored blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Great Blues Harp CD Check price or purchase Misc. Artists- "A Celebration of Blues- Great Blues Harp"- A good sampling of many different blues harmonica players. Players include: James Cotton, Junior Wells, Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), Sugar Blue, Big Walter Horton, Billy Branch, Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, and 2 others. 6 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic (3 songs use an "A" diatonic). The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy old time harmonica blues CD Check price or purchase Misc. Artists- "Harmonica Blues-the 20's & 30's"- Classic harmonica performances from the 1920's and 1930's. Some tracks are slightly out of tune. If you haven't heard this stuff before, take a listen. This is the beginnings of blues harmonica playing. Some of the best and most interesting 1st position blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Harp Attack CD Check price or purchase Misc. Artists- "Harp Attack"- This album features James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, and Billy Branch on harmonica. Good playing and interplay between the four. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Superharps CD Check price or purchase Misc. Artists- "Superharps"- This album features James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Branch, and Sugar Ray Norcia on harmonica. Good playing and interplay between the four. 2 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic (3 songs use an "A" diatonic). The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Lee Oskar CD Check price or purchase Oskar, Lee- "Lee Oskar"- The player behind the Lee Oskar harmonicas and an original member of the group- War. This is his first album, primarily instrumental, and very melodic like most of his playing. Intermediate players and above should be able to figure out his 2nd position riffs and melodies. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Sonny Is King CD Check price or purchase Terry, Sonny- "Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1"- Sonny Terry is considered one of the 2nd position blues pioneers, especially in the folk-blues style. This album showcases Sonny's playing from 1938-1945. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Sonny Is King CD Check price or purchase Terry, Sonny- "Sonny Is King"- Sonny Terry is considered one of the 2nd position blues pioneers, especially in the folk-blues style. All songs on this CD are played in the 2nd positon. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Sonny Boy II CD Check price or purchase Williamson II, Sonny Boy- "His Best"- Sonny Boy Williamson II is one of the pioneers of blues harmonica and this is a good sampling of some of his best. 3 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
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