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 Jan Peters on December 19, 2015 at 19:53

Hi All, thought I'd share a short video I made of an An Dro played with my band Gallowglass - named after the iconic ceili band and the tune too. Hope you enjoy - I'm playing a Seydel Paddy D: An Dro Group Dance at Irish & Folk Night Bellingham with Gallow....  Jan

Comment by Boyen on November 30, 2014 at 19:54

Glenn! Welcome, not a busy place but every now and then something of interest pops up. I also have your book, I learned lots of tunes from it. 

I've only been playing my button box this year and I've come to a point where I'm as fluent as I was on the harmonica. It's in C#/D which basically means it's two harmonicas, that can be blown by pulling and drawn by pushing. 

Following this logic, I ordered a Chromatic harmonica with exactly the same layout normal layout is D richter, if you press the button it's C# richter. I shall receive it this tuesday and have to say, very excited about this thing. 

Comment by Glenn Weiser on November 15, 2014 at 17:21

I have just launched a new FB group for bluegrass, country, old-time, prewar Blues and Celtic harmonica. If you like or play Celtic harmonica, come on over and check us out!
Glenn Weiser

Comment by Glenn Weiser on September 30, 2014 at 1:08

Stephen-Good to hear you have my book. Because the book was was written in 1987, before the invention of Paddy Ritcher tuning by Brendan Power sometime in the 90s, I'm recommending that the tunes originally arranged for 12-hole Marine Band be played on a Paddy Richter harmonica instead. Most of the arrangements are for 10-hole diatonic and should be played as written. Enjoy!

Comment by Stephen Dewar on September 29, 2014 at 19:46

Hi Glenn I purchased your book earlier this year but haven't got around to using it. I am look forward to learning the Scottish tunes. Stephen

Comment by Glenn Weiser on September 29, 2014 at 17:25

Hi - I wrote the first book dealing with fiddle tunes on harmonica. Pleased to be here.

Comment by Normand Chouinard on August 20, 2014 at 1:41

Hi, definitely. Try Darling Nelly Grey and The Spinning Wheel. Exact same tempo for the both song and both in G.

Comment by Boyen on August 19, 2014 at 16:30

I saw a group message with the question which tunes go together.

I know the session has "frequently recorded with" on every tune in the database. 

Otherwise, if you're unsure it's good to stick in atleast the same root note (so Dmaj - Dmix for example) or to stay in the same note (ie: Dmaj pairs with Bmin, Edor, Amix. Gmaj pairs with Emin,Ador,Dmix etc.). Also safe to note change tune type, jigs with jigs, reels with reels. Doesn't mean that reels can't be paired with a hornpipe or set dance, but those usually are a bit trickier to pull off. 

Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 29, 2014 at 9:53
Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 28, 2014 at 8:51

A recent photo from our weekly session in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim.                                  



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