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The following pages describe some some techniques for the harmonica that are a little off the beaten path. Some of them are things I discovered for myself (often later finding out that I was not the first person to stumble across them), some I have learned from other players. A few of them require a bit of practice, others can be done almost immediately. Some of them are specific to the Richter (single reed diatonic) harmonica, but several can be done on other types of harmonicas. I've also added a page with suggestions for further reading and listening. For an explanation of the tablature used in the musical examples on these pages, please see this page.

Simultaneous blow/draw chords


Bending 1 draw upwards in pitch

Circular breathing

Overtone control

Hand resonance

Flutter tonguing and snoring

Cup mute/resonator

Use of multiple harmonicas

Bent and unbent notes played simultaneously

Utilising hole 3 blow


Books, CDs and videos of uncommon interest

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