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 Boyen on October 26, 2013 at 21:57

Here's an interesting link for Irish harmonica, with information on the different kinds of ornamentation that work well:

I can assure you, the most important thing is that you get a steady rhythm down and that you play everything correctly. Any ornamentation is secondary. And you need to be really confident with a tune before you even attempt ornamentation. First you need to really understand why a tune is like it is, and then as a follow up you might start thinking about adding in ornamentation to vary on the tune. 

If you just learned a song, don't bother with ornamentation, I have played the Kesh Jig for three years now and I've only been putting in ornamentation recently. Before, I did as well, but it always made the tune sound worse because I couldn't do it with the fluency and rhythm that made sense. 

If you can make your tongue pulls and slaps sound harmonic and musical than nobody will frown at you at a session. But focus on getting the tune right first :) 

Comment by noble savage on October 26, 2013 at 21:39

just learned 'kesh jig'. this is my first real attempt at a trad song. i play it tongue sounds ok though i need to work on the rhythm for real ornamentation, if i play it will tongue pulls and slaps will that be frowned on in a session?

Comment by Normand Chouinard on October 26, 2013 at 17:05

Hi Boyen, I was just experimenting and I see it worked very well. I can now post videos. As for the number of guitars, I agree, there is a lot of guitars and accordion and fiddles. The only way we make this work is to have a microphone only in front of the leader of the piece being played. This way he plays louder than the rest so everyone else follows him. This is quite an experience when playing with so many musicians complementing each others.The only inconvenience seems to be that you can't play as fast as you would with a smaller group.If you have a chance, try it.

Comment by Boyen on October 26, 2013 at 11:14

I've seen those already :)

I just noticed how many guitar players you guys have in your group! That's huge, isn't that ever a problem? Chords are usually a very personal thing and every guitar player I played with either played different chords, accented different notes or had different strumming patterns. 

Comment by Normand Chouinard on October 26, 2013 at 6:37

Hi all, yours truly posted 3 videos on Tradconnect and you're invited to listen to them and comment.

Comment by Normand Chouinard on October 25, 2013 at 4:45

I learned a new song recently called "The sea peoples". Ever heard of it?. It's a gentle slow song about fishermen by Ryan's Fancy. I had a singer singing it while I accompanied him on harmonica. It sounded good. You can find it on Google. It's worth listening to. Best of the day to you.

Comment by noble savage on October 18, 2013 at 4:02

this was extremely helpful aswell as the 'harmonica styles of sonny terry'..actually just really listening a mess of times and hearing what noises you can make on the harp..writing them down..and trying to put them together.

i got a pretty boring foxchase rhythm happening..aswell as a sonny terry whoop that's not very creative but it's a start!

Comment by noble savage on October 9, 2013 at 20:30

thanks boyen..not only did it answer my questions on learning music, but practice questions aswell!

Comment by Boyen on October 9, 2013 at 14:51

Interesting article on Rhythm, in specific to Irish music, but I'm sure it counts for Fox Chases as well:

I've yet to see a magic button or shortcut for learning music, many claims of it though.

Comment by noble savage on October 7, 2013 at 20:34

thanks anyway for the suggestion though , Mr. Epping!


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