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 December 12, 2013 at 3:25

My pass time is to catch songs and tunes (in the traditions of Celtic-Folk music) that can play easily (more easily) with the diatonic harmonicas. Here's my latest arrangement. Has somewhat of a haunting sound. Happy Holidays.


Comment by Normand Chouinard on December 10, 2013 at 15:00

Last night I played in a nursing home nearby.At 6.30 PM it's dark here. However it was snowing and the roads were getting slippery so this was a slow drive. Normally, this type of performance entails a sing along and we entertain some requests followed by some Irish dancing music. This group is normally five peoples, singers playing guitars, fiddlers, spoon player and yours truly on harmonica. Three performers couldn't make it so this left two of us. A singer playing guitar and me on harmonica. When we entered the facility, we were surprised to see the beautiful Christmas decorations that brightened the place. One of the leisure staff came and told me that they had been preparing the whole week for this performance. The residents and the staff had put up all these decorations and they had made a beautiful job of it. There were giant ribbons tied into bows hanging from the ceiling, Christmas light all around the room and a beautiful Christmas tree. All the mikes were already in position and all the chairs had been placed. So we took a spontaneous decision, my friend and I and decided to make this a Christmas special. So for a whole hour, I played Christmas music, my friend accompanied me, he sang some songs and in turn I was the accompaniment, then we had a sing along and everyone gave his heart and soul in an effort to make nice music. I tell you, this was amazing. When we finished, peoples were coming to us in wheelchairs and thanking us. There were also some tears. Some might have remember when they had a family and a home where they celebrated Christmas before they were deemed too old to fit in society. This was very touching and this is an experience I will keep in my mind for a long time.

Comment by Normand Chouinard on November 26, 2013 at 19:02

Hi Boyen, isn't this interesting, Sinterklaas before Christmas. It seems like what happens here on December 24th at midnight. This is the time waited for with much anticipation when you're a kid. You might have heard, the time where Santa Claus crawls down the chimney with his bag of gifts for everyone. Sinterklaas sounds a lot like Santa claus. To us this is the Christmas for little kids and the time where the carollers come knocking at your door singing Christmas carols. This is also a time I remember where my mom was singing Christmas songs and what a voice she had. My brothers and me we would sit around her unwrapping Christmas presents and  after we would accompany her as good as we could with the harmonica and guitars. This is indeed a memorable time. Your lucky to still have your mom. If I may say, take good care of her and see her as often as you can. Here, all I have is two small cassettes of her singing. This is part of my treasure. I do think of her when I play Christmas music. This is it for the trip in the past. Your mom singing and you playing harmonica will surely be a beautiful time. Best of the day to you.

Comment by Boyen on November 26, 2013 at 16:53

We first need to celebrate Sinterklaas here, it's similar to Christmas in that little kids gets presents and older people write poems for eachother and give gifts.  After that during the Christmas celebration I will be playing Christmas tunes and songs with my mother on the piano, always nice to make music with the family. Good luck with the rehearsals Normand! 

Comment by Normand Chouinard on November 22, 2013 at 22:43

Hi all, This time is once again getting closer. My sensitive level seems to increase at this time of the year. This somewhat happens when I start rehearsing Christmas music in the living room with a little shot of rum during the pause. This is the time where I prepare for the Christmas performance. Believe it or not, this is the best time of the year. It brings happiness to peoples that time and relatives forgot.Amazing what a little harmonica music can do in this special time of the year. There is no other experience like it, I assure you. Every year, this is something different. Well, I wish you well and I sincerely hope you can share your music with someone who will appreciate it. Best of the night to you and hope you'll share your Christmas experience with us.

Comment by Normand Chouinard on November 19, 2013 at 11:10

Hi Boyen, in answer to your question, I'm offering a couple of easy to play catchy tunes starting with Christmas in Killarney, Joy to the world, O come ye faithful,Rudolph the red nose raindeer, The first Noel, Frosty the snowman, Go tell it on the mountain, Silent night,Hark the Herald angels sing, O Christmas tree. These are pretty popular amongst the older folks, not including me of course. Best of the day to you and keep up the good work

Comment by Boyen on November 19, 2013 at 9:33

Thanks Normand, you are too kind!

I'm starting to practice my Christmas songs as well. All the "traditional" songs but maybe some Irish tunes would be nice too..  I didn't know Christmas in Killarny yet!  The only Irish Christmas tune I knew was Fairlytale in New York, which is great fun to play in duet. Any other Christmas tunes you could recommend?

Comment by Normand Chouinard on November 19, 2013 at 4:24

I had the pleasure of listening  to your excellent work tonight. It was very well done. Your rendition of each pieces you played was clear and accurate. An Irishman couldn't have done any better.At the moment, here it is performances after performances. Soon it will be time to rehearse christmas tunes. Already there is requests for "Christmas in Killarney".A couple of years ago,  I made a songbook for the retirement places where I play and I usually get away pretty good by making them participate in the performance.Well, once again, well done Boyen and keep up the good work.Best of the night to you.

Comment by Boyen on November 18, 2013 at 19:52

Hello everyone, I made a soundcloud and decided to fill it with some tunes. This is pretty much where I currently stand. All of em were done in one or two recordings so, there's some errors in there.. Still, if you'd like to comment feel more than welcome to, don't mind the critism at all: Soundcloud

Comment by noble savage on October 27, 2013 at 1:43

to be honest the more i run through the tune, saliva gets caught on the reeds from my tongue being all over it. i've never had that problem when playing blues. it sounds much cleaner puckered, and i can use the jaw flick for faster movement.

i really didn't feel like i knew the song until i could hum it and really see how it 'rolled'. like the movement up and down. yeah i don't think i'm in any place to begin ornamenting it. i'll just try to make it second nature.

thanks for the link boyen!


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