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What is the difference between harmonica in C and in G?

I’m planing to start teaching myself the harmonica and planning to get one but I don’t know whether I should get the harmonica in C or in G. I am a complete ignorant about harmonicas and doesn’t know which one is suitable for a beginner. I’m planning to use the harmonica to play pop songs FYI…

 


 



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2 Comments for 'What is the difference between harmonica in C and in G?'

  1.  
    studio_home
    January 12, 2011 | 11:08 pm
     

    A harmonica in C has all the notes of the C major scale (C D E F G A B C) on it. A harmonica G has all the notes of the G major scale (G A B C D E F# G)
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    Common Knowledge (I have these two harmonicas)

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    Niko Y
    January 12, 2011 | 11:34 pm
     

    Hello Friend! I would suggest starting out with either one. The difference is the scale. A scale consists of 7 notes that repeat in a periodic order. In C Major, the 7 notes are, C/D/E/F/G/A/B. Then the scale repeats itself. C Major is the "basic" scale and is easy to learn because it consists of no "Sharps or flats". It would be hard to play pop songs on a harmonica because the tone goes up in thirds, meaning it harmonizes from C to E to G then back to C and continues in that order. In order to play a D/F/A/B you would have to suck in air. I know it sounds weird but yes. I would suggest C for the time being and then move on to other harmonicas. Also another thing is, is you want to look into the songs that you want to play on the harmonica, if it’s in "C’ then you’re in the right key.
    Hope this helped!
    -Niko
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