Hohner Comet

Need help playing Harmonica.?

Okay, so I've got a 16/32 hole harmonica. Based on my research, it is so called tremolo(sorry if I'm wrong, I'm new to harmonica). Now, I thought playing this thing is easy, but when I look for tutorials, can't find an appropriate tutorial for a 16/32 hole harmonica. I searched on the net for a diagram of it's holes hoping it'll help me identify the numbers of the hole, but suddenly I didn't find any tutorial or a diagram . .

I tried playing "What a wonderful world" using a diatonic(maybe?) tab. I kinda get it sometimes cause I can hear that the music fits really well, but I still need to learn . Can someone help me with my 16/32 hole harmonica? Please?

A video tutorial and a diagram of it's hole(16/32) numbering can help .

16/32 could be either a tremolo or an octave harp. There are essentially three possible scales on that harmonica that are common:

* A modified Richter scale (Wienner) that is almost identical to a diatonic 10-hole except it has two reeds for each pitch. Regular tab will work fine.

* Scale tuned just like a chromatic but with no slide button. Chromatic tab will work fine and most diatonic tab can be modified. (most Asians and the Hohner Echo Celeste will be this)

* Asian scale tuning - almost like a chromatic but the blow draw are alternating in what feels like a reverse pattern.

No matter which it is, you should find that the blow holes are consistently Do Mi Sol all the way across the harp.

My 16/32 is a Hohner Comet. On that model (type) the scale pattern is about the same as a 10-hole diatonic except that the blow and draw reeds are beside each other and not in the same hole. That means 1 blow doesn't have a 1 draw - and 1 draw is found in the second hole which doesn't have a blow reed in it. The Hohner Echo 32 has the same sort of layout but is tremolo tuned.

The big difference is that your harp doesn't have the blow and draw reed in the same hole as does a 10-hole diatonic - they're beside each other in different holes. The other difference is that your harp has two reeds (in different holes stacked) for each pitch.

So hole 1 has a top and a bottom. They're both the same note and are either blow or draw but not both. hole 2 has a top and bottom and they're both the same note and are also either blow or draw but not both. The best way to manage tab for other tunings with one of these is to ignore the whole numbers altogether and go by feel of "somewhere around 5 blow" figuring 5 should be about center of the harp.

Add: Be sure to consider whether people you ask about them have ever even played a tremolo/octave. Let alone whether they know what one looks like. :-) Left-T is close but Coast-to-Coast's chart for double reed harmonica is at http://coast2coastmusic.com/double_reed/tuning_charts.shtml it's not as easy to follow as it could be but it's a start.

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