Traditional Harmonica


Traditional Harmonica

For everyone that enjoys Irish/Celtic/Bluegrass/Scottish music on mouth-organ type instruments, chromatic, diatonic, tremolo and all instruments alike are welcome! 

A place to discuss harmonicas share tabs and music. 

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Latest Activity: Jan 31, 2019

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New FB group for bluegrass, country, old-time, prewar Blues and Celtic harmonica

Started by Glenn Weiser. Last reply by Karlyne Deraney Jan 31, 2019. 2 Replies

Announcement- I have just launched a new FB group for bluegrass, country, old-time, prewar Blues and Celtic harmonica. If you like or play the harmonica in any of these styles, come on over and check…Continue

Tags: Book, Face, on, Harmonica, Celtic

Trad Harmonica lessons

Started by Boyen. Last reply by Bill McHale Dec 7, 2017. 3 Replies

Hello everyone;So the other day I made a channel for people that want to learn tradition folk music on the diatonic harmonica, it contains currently 14 lessons and I want to add to that as I…Continue

Tags: harmonica, lessons, music, folk, traditional

What song are you learning right now?

Started by Boyen. Last reply by malcolm nash Mar 19, 2017. 7 Replies

I thought this would be a nice topic, potentiall inspiring others for music to learn on our favourite instrument. Currently, I'm working on St. Annes Reel, a really nice reel from which Tony also put…Continue

Tags: learning, songs, practice, harmonica

Cape Clear

Started by Patrick O-Shaun Young Dec 23, 2014. 0 Replies

Haven't been posting of late. Here's another one I found. Really nice slow aire, played on my Seydel Steel, Low-D, diatonic reed harp.  B-minor.  Cape Clear or Oilean Cleire (Gaeltach).Looks like an…Continue

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Comment by Patrick O-Shaun Young on July 28, 2014 at 3:18

Thank you Normand. Sounds interesting. I'll talk to my wife and see if we can't make it up your way.

Comment by Normand Chouinard on July 27, 2014 at 23:25

Hi, If you are planning to come to Nova Scotia, Canada, a good time to do so would be during the Atlantic Canada Harmonica Festival on August 23 from 11 am to 10 pm. This is the only festival of its kind in Eastern Canada. It is the celebration of he harmonica and all who play it, regardless of musical preferences or style. This is the occasion to spend time with musicians who love this unique and versatile instrument. If you have ever thought about playing the harmonica, now is the time. There is beginner classes and at the end of the day, you play a song together. If you are a regular player,  you will have the chance to jam or share a tune with other professional and amateur performers. This is a relaxing and intimate festival held on the grounds and inside the Heritage Village Historic buildings. The festival ends with a two hour showcase concert featuring harmonica players from all musical genres, from the Isle of Skye to the Mississipi Delta. For more information please phone Toll free 1 877 287 0697 or long distance 1 902 845 1937. If you so desire, the email address is: Once again...It's been a breeze...Best of the day to you my friends..

Comment by Normand Chouinard on May 14, 2014 at 6:40

Hi, You might be interested by this site. It is called "Irish Music Midis". There is a whole bunch of Irish tunes that can be played just by clicking on the titles. All the titles are by alphabetical  order. I've been using this site for a long time and consider it a good learning tool. I hope this can help you. Best of the day to you.

Comment by Stephen Dewar on May 12, 2014 at 7:01

Hi guys I stumbled across another few useful websites (maybe?). the first link is for a site full of Lyrics to the old folk songs of Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales and America. The good thing about this site is that at the top of each song there is a downloadable midi file which lets you hear the tune. You can then open the midi file using "MuseScore" or "Harping Midi" which gives you the notes and Harmonica tabs.


Comment by Stephen Dewar on May 10, 2014 at 10:10

I came across this website today with loads of tunes. Check it out


Comment by Normand Chouinard on May 6, 2014 at 13:43

Hi Boyen, Glad to hear from you. A lot of water has been flowing down the river since I last heard from you. As you say, it is hard to divide your time between the two instruments. I feel the same way. Sometimes I play more concertina and sometimes I play more harmonica. When it comes to song learning I chose which instrument is more convenient for the song I'm practicing. As for your choice in harmonica, the tremolo seems a good fit for Irish music. I tried different harmonicas but the tremolo seems to be the only one to give the sound richness required for Irish and folklore music.Well, it was sure nice to hear from you. For awhile, I was starting to think that the site was dying. Good luck in your learning endeavours. Repetition is the answer. Repeat, repeat, repeat until you can make no mistakes. Best of the day to you my friend.

Comment by Boyen on May 6, 2014 at 8:03

Hi Normand, I'm still here don't worry! The aliens haven't taken me away. 

I'm mostly playing my button box now. I do bring out my harmonica when I need to play a tune in front of an audience  but my studying efforts go towards the button box. So not much news from me.
I have been pondering about picking up a tremolo for a change of pace, or maybe one of those Seydel Samplers. How have you been doing Normand? And what about the other lurkers here?

Comment by Normand Chouinard on May 6, 2014 at 4:54

Hi Boyen, Are you still alive or have you been kidnapped by aliens? What are you up to these days?

Comment by Normand Chouinard on April 30, 2014 at 18:54

Thanks Rick

Comment by Rick Epping on April 30, 2014 at 18:09

Apparently not! I'll try again...



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