Learn to Play Blues Harp Harmonica
Which Harmonica is Better for Blues, a Hohner Special 20 or a Hohner Blues Harp?
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Hey, I am about to buy a harmonica to mostly play blues stuff. After a few hours of research, it seems the best two harmonicas would be a Hohner Special 20 or a Hohner Blues Harp. Unfortunately, Lee Oskars are not available at my local store, and I don’t want to buy over the internet. Thanks




They are both good. I have both types as well as some Oskars. The only down side to the Blues Harp is the comb is wood which is susceptible to swelling although I believe the newer ones use a better wood in that regards. The only personal negative experience with wood comb harmonicas is last summer I played wood comb harps for several hours and I got a small cut on my lip. As far as buying harmonicas on line, I have had good luck with Musicians Friend, Music123 and Coast to Coast. All very good. I would stay from Harp Depot though. I and several others had bad experiences with them. As far as buying locally, I like Guitar Center Stores.


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3 Comments for 'Which Harmonica is Better for Blues, a Hohner Special 20 or a Hohner Blues Harp?'

  1.  
    !!!
    July 31, 2011 | 1:41 am
     

    I have Special 20s and have no problem bending.
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  2.  
    paulie2shoes
    July 31, 2011 | 2:12 am
     

    They are both good. I have both types as well as some Oskars. The only down side to the Blues Harp is the comb is wood which is susceptible to swelling although I believe the newer ones use a better wood in that regards. The only personal negative experience with wood comb harmonicas is last summer I played wood comb harps for several hours and I got a small cut on my lip. As far as buying harmonicas on line, I have had good luck with Musicians Friend, Music123 and Coast to Coast. All very good. I would stay from Harp Depot though. I and several others had bad experiences with them. As far as buying locally, I like Guitar Center Stores.
    References :

  3.  
    Left-T - Take your best shot.
    July 31, 2011 | 2:21 am
     

    Both are good but the BLUES HARP is the only harmonica where you can actually bend notes and play some half-tones that even a chromatic cannot do. That is the strongest point of a Blues Harp and why many use this harp for blues. It has that special characteristic where you can play certain blow and draw technique to get slurs, bends etc…
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    Berklee Teacher / Luthier & Studio Guitarist

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