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Nov 23, 2020
2:37 PM
Hi everyone,

Since listening to the soundtrack "Hollow" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQMZdR9grFw) I've developed an interest in playing the harmonica (the harmonica part is between 0:16 and 0:49).

I'd like to ask what type of harmonica I'd need to sound like the one in the soundtrack (diatonic or chromatic, 10 holes or more, G or C, etc)?

Many thanks.
6850 posts
Nov 27, 2020
9:00 PM
Sorry, it's taken me a while to get around to listening.
I'd say it's a C Chromatic. First note is an F#, draw 6 with button in.
From my memory of the first phrase it's F# E F# G F# E B
Tabbed, it's like this:
-6< +6 -6< +7 -6< +6 -4

Where - indicates an inhale, + means an exhale and < means a button push

I may not have those notes exactly right, but I hope that can get you started enough that you'll be able to hear where I've gone wrong and find the correct notes.
6851 posts
Nov 27, 2020
9:07 PM
Oh, 12 hole C Chromatic would be fine. I'm no expert on the tonal qualities of various chromatic harps, but if I had to guess I'd say it isn't a Higher. Most popular recommendation I see for first chromatic is the Suzuki SCX48. I don't have one, mainly because I have picked up several bargain priced Hohner models, but I believe the people who recommended the Suzuki

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