How to Combine Harmonica and Guitar Playing

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For guitar players of all styles, genres and levels, incorporating harmonica playing for added artistry and variety has never been easier, thanks to a comprehensive online educational resource, LeeOskarQuickGuide.com, presented by Lee Oskar Harmonicas.

This easy-to-follow website offers instructional videos featuring acclaimed roots musician and songwriter Randy McQuay, detailed tutorials with chord diagrams, and performances by harmonica virtuoso and manufacturer Lee Oskar, demonstrating the wide range of music that can be played with the standard harmonica tuning and three altered tunings, as shown below.

Major Diatonic
As the standard tuning for the harmonica, the Major Diatonic can be played in the first position or “blow” (known as straight harp playing) for Folk, Campfire and Country Music, or in second position or “ draw” (known as cross harp playing) for Blues, Rock/Pop or Country. Check out this instructional video for playing the Major Diatonic:

MelodyMaker
The MelodyMaker, with its three altered notes, is great for playing major scale melodies in second position (cross harp) playing. This altered tuning is widely used in playing R & B, Country, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, Latin, Afro, Clave and Ska Music. Check out the instructional video for playing the MelodyMaker:

Natural Minor
The Natural Minor, with five altered notes, is ideal for Minor Blues, Reggae, Ska, Latin, Funk, R & B, Hip-Hop Music, played in second position. Check out the Natural Minor instructional video here:

Harmonic Minor
The Harmonic Minor tuning, with 5 altered notes, is the traditional minor tuning for diatonic harmonicas, played in first position. Its distinctive sound is ideal for Gypsy, Yiddish, Asian as well as Eastern European, Tango and Reggae. Check out the instructional video for playing the Harmonic Minor here:

In the words of Lee Oskar, “We’re delighted to offer these free online educational resources to help guitar players further unleash their creativity by incorporating harmonica playing into their music. Whether it’s used to come up with hook lines, make melodies or explore different musical genres and styles, the harmonica really can be the ideal companion along one’s musical journey.”

Check out LeeOskarQuickGuide.com for more information.

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