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Hamopedia is an encyclopedic page that covers a variety of topics, from basic knowledge and techniques about ten-holes harmonica to harmonica-related goods and short stories. Please see each page from the table of contents below.

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● Ten Holes Harmonica model

Among the harmonica, many models of Ten Holes are on sale. Harpists are blessed with the opportunity to try various models because they are low unit prices for musical instruments and are consumables that can be repurchased if they break. In this video, we will introduce 12 models in total, 4 companies x 3 models, including Japanese dragonfly musical instruments, Suzuki musical instruments, German Hohner and Sidel.

● Key of Ten Holes Harmonica

There are many keys (scale tones) in Ten Holes Harmonica. Unlike a piano or guitar, which plays various Key songs with a single instrument, you change the key by changing the instrument itself. It's similar to changing the key with the remote control when the voices don't match in karaoke. The Ten Holes Harmonica is one instrument with twelve. The video explains in an easy-to-understand manner the differences between keys, how to use them properly, and what kind of key to buy next.

● Hand vibrato

As the name implies, it is a technique of applying vibrato by hand. When you have an instrument, cover it over your other hand so that it wraps around you, and then flutter your hand while making a sound. It is a technique that is nice for harpists, as it is easy for beginners to take on challenges and can express nostalgic and warm expressions that are typical of harmonica.

● Abdominal breathing

The term "abdominal breathing", in the breathing technique for a deep breath with the movement of the "diaphragm" which lies between the chest and stomach, is indispensable to the performance of the instrument. We will happily tell you the tips for playing harmonica with "abdominal breathing", which is full of benefits such as not getting tired even if you blow for a long time and making a stable and loud sound.

● Tongue blocking playing method

It is a playing method that controls the position of the blowing hole by blocking the harmonica hole with the tongue. Playing with a single note has the effect of thickening and stabilizing the sound, and by separating single notes and chords (closing and removing holes), it has the effect of playing a solo and accompaniment duo alone. It is a unique technology that can be made.

● Octave playing method

An applied technique of tongue blocking playing. It is a technique that simultaneously produces sounds that are one octave apart by simultaneously holding one octave of holes (four), closing the middle two holes with the tongue, and breathing into only the holes at both ends at the same time. When sucking sound, it is necessary to add 5 holes, and there are places where it is impossible due to the arrangement of the sound. The trick is to be aware of the face like "Okinawa Shisa" to close the center of the mouth and open both ends.

● Bend (bending )

Bend is a technique that drops the sound in the range of a semitone to one and a half tones from the normal sound by sucking or blowing strongly. (The range that can be bent differs depending on the hole.) This is a fun and easy-to-understand explanation of how to learn this technique, which is the most attractive for Ten Holes harmonica but is the easiest for beginners to trip.

● Chord-like bend / bend application

It is a technique that creates the astringent sound peculiar to Ten Holes harmonica by randomly mixing different degrees of bend sounds by holding several holes together and sucking strongly. You can use it to create an impactful screaming expression such as a whistle or cry, or use it at the end of a melody to leave a nostalgic finish, or aim for various effects. (Since there is no official technique name, I tentatively called it a "chord-like bend")

● Throat vibrato

In contrast to hand vibrato, where the sound is shaken by hand, throat vibrato is used to shake the sound with the throat. There is a depth in the way the sound sways, and the expression is added with the throat, making the expression more like a song. Ten Holes Harmonica has a wide range of bend sound, so you can create a roaring force. We will tell you from the shortcut to learning throat vibrato to the timing to use it effectively.

● Position playing method ① < First position and second position>

Position playing is playing with a harmonica of a different key than the key of the song. This is a technique unique to Ten Holes Harmonica, where the instruments are separated by key. I will explain the story of a position that is difficult to understand when and how to use it properly, comparing it to a character and giving a performance example.

(First = Folk Ichiro, Second = Bruce Jiro)