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Diatonic Harmonicas

Diatonic Harmonica Defined- 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".

The particular model and brand of diatonic played by your favorite pro is not important when choosing a harmonica, more importantly, learn to play like the pro and you will sound like them. If you are at all serious about learning to play, start with a good quality one. The cheaper ones leak air, are very difficult to learn to bend, and can cause no end of frustration.

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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Many models to choose from.
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Features stainless steel reeds.
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Suzuki Diatonics
Unique varieties
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Buy Lee Oskar harmonica 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". You can spend less or even more for a diatonic, but worth the price for it's consistent volume, tone, and durability. Its 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."
Buy Marine Band Crossover Harmonica Marine Band Crossover Harmonica- The classic Hohner Marine Band harmonica has a new sibling. The 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.
Seydel 1847 Classic Harmonica Seydel 1847 Classic Harmonica- Not unlike the Hohner Marine Band Crossover, the 1847 Classic is one of the best sounding and playing diatonic harmonicas out of the box. Great for players of all levels and music styles and worth the extra money for the increased quality and playability...
Buy Hohner Rocket Hohner Rocket Harmonica- The Rocket represents a new breakthrough in diatonic harmonica design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for maximum comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance pressure to ensure maximum loudness...
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Lee Oskar Harmonicas Quick Start Kit Lee Oskar Harmonicas Quick Start Kit- Explore a world of musical possibilities with the Lee Oskar Quick Start Kit for Guitar and Ukulele! Audiences always cheer when musicians and singer-songwriters play harmonica along with their guitar or another instrument. Though it might take some work to master playing two instruments at the same time, it's easier than you might think to get started...
Buy Hohner Special 20 Hohner Special 20- One of our favorite Hohner diatonic for price and quality. This model is "Just Intonation" tuned so that your chord playing sounds a bit smoother and richer. Be sure to use the pulldown menu to select the key of "C" if you are just starting out.
Buy Suzuki Manji Diatonic Harmonica Suzuki Manji Diatonic Harmonica- Advanced technology and functional beauty are combined in this stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica, the all-new Suzuki MANJI Harmonica. This revolutionary new diatonic harmonica is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, the company's founder, now in his mid 80s, but still very much in charge. He started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago, and has built Suzuki up into one of the world's premier harmonica manufacturers. Comes with stainless steel cover plates, Phosphor Bronze Reeds, and Wood/Resin Composite Comb.
Lee Oskar Major Diatonic 6-Pack Lee Oskar Major Diatonic 6-Pack/pouch (popular keys)- Save money and buy the 6 most popular keys of the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. Includes keys of: "C", "D", "F", "G", "A", and "Bb". These are the most common keys needed if you plan to jam in 2nd Position with friends or bands or CDs. Also included is the Lee Oskar Harmonica Soft Pouch, a zippered harmonica carry case that will hold up to 7 diatonic harmonicas. Each harmonica is held in place by an elastic strap.
Hohner Special 20 Package Hohner Special 20 Package (5 keys/case)- Save money and buy 5 popular keys of the Hohner Special 20 Diatonic. Also included is a free Hohner logo carrying case that holds 7 harmonicas total.
Includes keys of: "C", "D", "E", "G", "A". This is the HarmonicaLessons.com favorite Hohner diatonic for price and quality and ease of use for beginners and pros alike. This model is "Just Intonation" tuned so that your chord playing sounds a bit smoother and richer.
Buy Lee Oskar harmonica Lee Oskar "Natural Minor" Diatonic- Don't be confused. This is not a standard tuned diatonic and it is not what we recommend for beginners. This is a special purpose harmonica. The "Natural Minor" tuned diatonic is made specifically to be played in the 2nd Position and is used for songs in minor keys. It's a little confusing...
Buy Hohner Special 20 Hohner Special 20 (Low D, Eb, E, F, F#)- Don't be confused. This is not a standard tuned diatonic and it is not what we recommend for beginners. This is a special purpose harmonica. These Low-Tuned Special 20's come in the keys of E, Eb, F, F#, which are a complete octave lower than the standard...
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