Blow and Draw and Make a Song

I have gathered the material which describes the working principle of the diatonic harmonica, also known as Blues Harp. The shortest way to brief this is probably to tell you how to play the major scale with the diatonic harmonica. I use C major here in my example.

C Major Scale 01a

The numbers represent the holes in the harp and @ sign means that you have to blow and £ sing means that you draw from the certain hole in order to produce a wanted note. This pattern works with all the other major scales played with the 4 or 10 whole diatonic harmonica. In order to change a scale you must have at least two diatonic harmonicas. I have not heard that the 4 hole diatonic harmonica had manufactured in the other scale than C major. 10 hole diatonic harps are the different story. They can be found in many Major and also Minor Scales. Read more about diatonic harmonica here. When you use 10 hole C major diatonic harmonica the middle C is found in the hole number four by blowing. It is a custom habit that harmonica sheets are written one octave lower than they actual are played.

I Am A C Major Song E01SmallerSG

Listen to I Am C Major song by clicking the arrow below.

You can listen to all the songs that are in my harmonica note book here.

I wrote this I Am C Major Song because there is not many if any songs where all the six notes of the Major Scale are used. It is because of the tonality which favors the first, forth and fifth degrees of a major scale. I hope that my song still sounds nice to you.

My material is written in Finnish but you can easily use it because the notes and holes are shown in the international manner. You can browse my harmonica note book here. There you can find for example Mary Had a Lamb. Some American children songs are named in Finnish but you can listen to all the songs that are in the note book, please see the link below the media player in this article. If you don’t see the Juke Box please scroll to the bottom of the page.

With my material you can easily find out if the music is a right hobby for your child. You can purchase the harmonica example from Amazon.

I hope that this material inspires you and your children on the rewarding path of music.

Tornio on 17th October 2013
Yelling Rosa

PS And one more hint for the road

C Major Scale 02a

About Yelling Rosa

I am retired. In my spare time I read, write, play the guitar and hike. I have published three verse books in Finnish and recorded my songs. You can listen to them on YouTube. I have translated some of my poems on Yelling Rosa's Weblog. I also like to watch movies. Olen kiinnostunut lukemisesta, kirjoittamisesta, kitaransoitosta ja luonnossa vaeltamisesta. Olen julkaissut kolme runokirjaa ja laulujani on äänitteillä. Voit lukea runojani Yelling Rosan kotisivuilta ja kuunnella laulujani YouTubessa. Olen elokuvafriikki.
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14 Responses to Blow and Draw and Make a Song

  1. emberyn says:

    This made me so happy. It’s been so long since I’ve read sheet music. I used to play the trumpet but have since passed it down to my sister.


    • Yelling Rosa says:

      Thanks for commenting. This is a new old thing to me. I haven’t played any musical instrument for years. I came back to my roots because my grandson is interested in playing diatonic harmonica.


  2. I believe that music is a language universal.Aquela that communicates directly with our heart. One of my goals in life is to learn to play an instrument, I have a guitar that sometimes I try to scratch a little …
    Lovely blog 🙂


  3. What great timing, my son is interested in the Harmonica and I don’t have a clue how to teach him. This gives us a place to start. 🙂


  4. Jet Black says:

    Thank you for liking my blog post. I have no idea how you found me, but when I came here, I saw this post about playing a harmonica and thought how wonderful, as that is one of the things on my List for Living. So maybe that is how you found my blog…?


    • Yelling Rosa says:

      Your welcome and thank you for being here.

      Every now and then, I randomly browse blogs that my visitors have liked. If I run into something interesting I click the Like Button.


  5. MikeW says:

    Music literacy made simple for me. Thank you again!


  6. dearferrero says:

    I started playing blues harp about three years ago. It’s a fantastic instrument!


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