How to Play the Harmonica. The harmonica is called the easiest instrument to play and the most difficult to master. It is also known as the most versatile of the wind instruments. There are different types of harmonicas you can buy and practice with. The Diatonic harmonica is the most popular one in the west, the other ones are chromatic harmonicas, Tremolo and Echo harmonicas and Orchestral harmonicas. This eHow will show you the first steps on your way to mastery and maybe one day you’ll master it the way legendary musician Stevie Wonder can.
Know the location of the notes. The harmonica typically has ten holes. When you exhale or inhale, a different note is produced. When you exhale, the note in the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth holes is C. The note in the second, fifth, and eighth holes is E. The note in the third, sixth, and ninth holes is G. When you inhale, the note in the first, fourth, and eighth holes is D. The note in the second hole is G. The note in the third and seventh holes is B. The note for the fifth and ninth holes is F. The note for the sixth and tenth holes is A.
Play scales. You can use a scale book. Start with the C major scale. Go up and down the notes of the scale until you have smooth transitions from note to note.