A harmonica is an instrument with free reed wind. It has roots that go a lot of years ago. The musicians play the instrument by inhaling the air or blowing air into holes. It is known as reed chambers and produces harmonizing and alternating notes. Each harmonica chamber has variable tuned multiple bronzes and brass reeds that get secure at the end and loose at the other end. It will then create a sound with vibration. People must know the history of harmonica for beginners for better understanding.

History of harmonica

The first success of harmonica came from America, where it found a special place among the blues tradition. They use harmonica in American music, country music, pop, rock, and roll. The harmonica is finding its place in music generated electronically like hip hop and funk. It has become a part of the culture of the world and remains popular in many countries.

Types of harmonicas

There are two main categories of harmonica:

  • Diatonic

it only contains notes of the specific scales. The blues, rock, pop, and country music use it.

  • Chromatic

it can play all the notes on the chromatic scale. People use it in Jazz and classical music.

Medical benefits

Playing harmonica requires inhaling and exhaling against resistance. It helps to develop deep breathing and a diaphragm using the lung volume. Pulmonary specialists say that playing the harmonica resembles a kind of exercise for obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. They use it as an inspiratory spirometer or an inspiratory muscle trainer. Learning to play harmonica adds a space to the exercise component.

Conclusion

Various programs of pulmonary rehabilitation have therefore begun to incorporate harmonica in their playing. The teaching and research show that teaching the students to play the harmonica increases their ability to sing intonation by ear.

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