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Learned To Hold The Harmonica Correctly ?
Now It’s Time For You To Learn Your First Lesson On Harmonica..!!
In This Blog, Let’s Learn About 5 BASICS STEPS TO PLAY HARMONICA Also Sa Re Ga Ma On Harmonica And A Tutorial On Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Twinkle Twinkle Little Star simple harmonica song is perfect for beginner hands. It’s easy, repetitive melody and simple easy holding of harmonica beginners is ideal for first harmonica lesson. But first you all need to to learn the 5 BASIC STEPS TO PLAY HARMONICA to learn your first harmonica lesson
1. GET YOUR OWN HARMONICA
Before you learn any song on harmonica it is important for you to have a perfect harmonica. Because when you have the right harmonica to play you can play almost any songs on it. End number of harmonicas are made for different types of harmonica playing style.
For my tutorials I prefer you guys to buy a chromatic harmonica which you’ll easily get online. I prefer this harmonica because it is having all octaves so all songs can be played on it, also it is having a slider/liver for flat and sharp notes. Lastly it is affordable and one of the most low budget harmonica with high benefits.
2. TRY TO GAIN AS MUCH KNOWLEDGE YOU CAN GAIN ABOUT HARMONICA
After buying a perfect harmonica for yourself I recommend you all to get as much knowledge you can pursue about harmonica, It is a fact that people “Half Knowledge Is Always Dangerous, Either Be Ignorant, Or Be Excellent”. If you wish to play the harmonica from the bottom of your heart you should be always having extra knowledge regarding harmonica.
Read this full bolg of 5 BASIC STEPS TO PLAY HARMONICA to know some interesting facts about harmonica. Also read my last two blogs on 8 WAYS TO HOLD THE HARMONICA and 8 VALUABLE THINGS ABOUT HARMONICA.
3. LEARN THE OCTAVES
As shown in the above figure, we see that in a 24 holes chromatic harmonica we get all the three octaves ( सप्तक). First the lower octave ( मन्द्र सप्तक ) followed by the middle octave ( मध्य सप्तक ) followed by the upper octave ( तार सप्तक ). Out of this three octaves, middle octave are mostly used, also many songs can be played in this octave without the use of the slider.
Let’s take a look at all the three octaves :-
1. Lower octave ( मध्य सप्तक ) –
This octave starts from the 1st hole and ends at the 8th hole. The holes are like this 1 -(Sa), 2-(Re), 3- (Ga), 4-(Ma), 5-(Pa), 6- (Dha), 7-(Ni), 8-(Sa). The speciality of this octave is that most of the songs starts from this octave.
2. Middle octave ( मध्य सप्तक ) –
This octave starts from the 9th hole and ends at the 16th hole. The holes are like this 9 -(Sa), 10-(Re), 11- (Ga), 12-(Ma), 13-(Pa), 14- (Dha), 15-(Ni), 16-(Sa). The speciality of this octave is that most of the simple and easy songs are played on this songs. Even in this 5 BASIC STEPS TO PLAY HARMONICA you are going to learn “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” which is also a easy and simple song. So, read the blog till end.
3.Upper octave ( तार सप्तक ) –
This octave starts from the 17th hole and ends at the 24th hole. The holes are like this 17 -(Sa), 18-(Re), 19- (Ga), 20-(Ma), 21-(Pa), 22- (Dha), 23-(Ni), 24-(Sa). The speciality of this octave is that it sounds very smooth also we end most of the songs on this octave.
4. Learn To Play Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni
It must be kept in mind that all the tones from the mouth organ can not be produced just by blowing ( exhaling the air ) in the mouth organ. We have to do both the things, that is blowing and sucking (exhaling and inhaling ).
We can produce Sa, Ga and Pa by blowing the air into the mouth organ and on the other hand, the notes Re, Ma, Dha and Ni by sucking the air from the mouth organ. Before you start to play any song on harmonica,
It is important for you all that, first you must learn to play the सरगम ( Sa, Re, Ga, Ma Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa ). The reason I am telling you all to play सरगम is that once you learn to play the सरगम you can play any song on your own.
How To Play सरगम ( Sargam) :-
As stated above it is clear that middle octave starts from the “9th hole” which is “Sa”, so to start to play the सरगम you need to start from the 9th hole which is Sa.
For playing the सरगम on mouth organ :-
“Sa” – you have to blow or breathe out air ,
“Re” – you have to draw or breathe in air ,
“Ga” – you have to blow or breathe out air ,
“Ma” – you have to draw or breathe in air ,
“Pa” – you have to blow or breathe out air ,
“Dha” – you have to draw or breathe in air ,
“Ni” – you have to draw or breathe in air ,
So to play Sa , Re , Ga , Ma, Pa ,Dha , Ni , Sa in arrangement, you have to blow and draw air moving left to right on the mouth ORGAN.
There is a special case, it must be noticed that, to play the note “Dha” you have to draw the air and again to play “Ni” you have to draw the air.So Playing SARGAM comprises of :
blow suck blow suck blow suck suck blow.
5. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Get the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star easy harmonica song notation by clicking here. It’s been designed to be easy for everyone to read. With notations written in for both beginners and intermediate players.
As Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is usually one of the first songs a beginner will think to play, it makes a great choice as one of the first easy harmonica lessons.
Now you have to play just as I have mentioned in the above figure.