Guitarist? Learn Harmonica! 9 Inspiring Reasons to Do So.

Hey good people! My name is Alon, I'm 27 and I play mainly the guitar, piano, and harmonica. In the last few years, I traveled through four different continents with my guitar while performing and teaching music. Currently, I am based in sunny Tel Aviv, Israel. The GuitarHippies mission: To get you to enjoy your musical journeys to the fullest. Cheers!

So you have played the guitar for some time now, and you want to start expanding musically. You also remember those cool Bob Dylan videos, and that guy you saw once in a concert or just in some campfire who was playing the harmonica and got you really excited with the harmonica sounds that you still remember a long time later. You are fantasizing about learning it and being able to play your guitar and the harmonica (which is also called “mouth organ” in a lot of languages) at the same time with the harmonica rack. Time to learn harmonica man!

Well, good news my friends, because playing the harmonica and getting really good on it is actually far easier than what you might think. Here are a few reasons you should actually go for it starting from TODAY:

For later assistance and if you choose to, you are welcome to read the Harmonica Buying Guide.

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Let's start:

9 Reasons To Learn Harmonica As A Guitarist:

1 – The Harmonica Is The Easiest Instrument To Become Good At Very FAST

The harmonica is not a complicated instrument at all. You will be surprised that within a month of even not-so-regular practice it is totally reachable to start astonishing people with your harmonica jamming skills. It is extremely easy to pick up, especially if you learn harmonica from a website that uses an organized and systematic approach.

You're welcome to come learn with me at which is a comprehensive course that will teach you everything ya wanna know about the harp.

2 – You'll Be Turning Any Song You Play Into A Very Special Version Of It

Imagine hanging out with some people when a guitar player starts playing Knocking On Heaven's Doors. You've heard it 10,000 times already, it's not special unless he has extremely good singing or guitar skills. But NOW imagine the same song with one or two mind-blowing harmonica solos scattered along the song. Suddenly it turned from a plain and overdone song into an “awesome” performance!

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3 – Harmonicas Are ULTRA CHEAP!

Show me another musical instrument where you can get the top-of-the-line instruments from the best brands for less than 50$! This is another thing that makes it so accessible for everyone to learn harmonica. Here you can have a look at the prices of various harmonicas.

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4 – The Harp Turns Heads And Gives You The Musical Edge™

You can say a lot of things about the harmonica, but no one can stay indifferent to it, especially when you are playing it with a guitar simultaneously. People are going to enjoy, and people are going to remember. This is what lifts you above millions of other guitarists.

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Dylan is perhaps the biggest guitar & harmonica figure… On my YouTube channel you can see a lot of covers with harmonica in them.

5 – Jamming With Other Instruments Is a Hard-to-Miss Game

The harmonica is a diatonic instrument. That means that when you jam and improvise on a harmonica that is in the key of C to a song that is in the key of C, there are literally no “bad” or off-key notes that you can hit, because all the notes on your harmonica will be in the same key of the song. Of course some notes will fit certain spots much better than others, and this is what the art of improvisation is all about, but you have the best starting point you can have out of all instruments and it's pretty hard to fuck it up.

Of course some notes will fit certain spots much better than others, and this is what the art of improvisation is all about, but you have the best starting point you can have out of all instruments and it's pretty hard to fuck it up.

* There are also chromatic harmonicas which contain all the notes but they are much more expensive, and a different story. About 90% of the harmonicas out there are diatonic and this is what I am referring to.

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6 – You Can Get Ultra-Creative and Add Harmonica to Songs That Are Least Expected to Feature It

And you know what? Usually it's going to sound surprisingly awesome. Get out of the usual harmonica in acoustic rock-folk-blues box. Become a fusion player. Mix elements from different genres! Think about “The Joker” with a funky harp solo.  “Brown Eyed Girl”. “Californication”. “Proud Mary”. There's no end to the amount of fun and new doors you can open with this little funbox.

Some of my harps.

Harmonicas can give folky and surprising twists to any song you'll choose to add them too!

7 – The Harmonica Develops Your Ears and Your FEEL for the Music

The harmonica is much more of a melodic instrument, unlike the guitar which is more harmonic (although both can do both), which simply means that every single note is much more prominent.

The harmonica was the first instrument I played that made me “give respect” to each individual note because when you play only one note it sounds much more prominent than playing a single note on an acoustic guitar. (If you wanna take this to the extreme to understand my example, try thinking of a trumpet blowing a note vs. an acoustic guitar playing a single note…)

This lets you start FEELING the music and will make you a better musician. It is also relatively easy to play around and find song melodies on it, And the best part is that all these improved skills are translating back to the guitar immediately. (and any other instruments as well)

8 – It's One of the Most Compact Instruments

You can easily stick the harmonica in your guitar case, or even 2 and 3 harmonicas, and you will not even feel they're in there. Or it can always have it ready in your pocket when you are in a jam. There's no competition to the harmonica in the size department considering the amazing and full music that you can play with it.

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9 – Your Music Coordination and Multi-Tasking Skills Will Get Better Quickly

Playing two instruments simultaneously (the harmonica on a rack while playing the guitar) is going to take you to a new level of musicianship and sound coordination, not to mention that it also puts your brain into some pretty serious divided-attention exercises that are going to help with other life areas as well according to many studies. (did somebody just mentioned mathematics…? )

That's it, have fun on your harmonica journey if you choose to start one, and you are welcome to tell us in the comments about your experiences as a guitar and harmonica player and if you found it as cool as I did.
Do you play harmonica too? Let us know in the comments what made you pick it up? Thanks!

Check out the Harmonica Jamz video course: an insanely easy harmonica teaching method that I developed for beginners. We'll be able to easily get you ready to jam with other people and play all your favorite songs. Guaranteed to be the world's #1 harmonica plan.

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2 comments for “Guitarist? Learn Harmonica! 9 Inspiring Reasons to Do So.

  1. Neil
    April 18, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Hi Alon,
    I am struggling to memorise intervals on guitar fretboard. Need help.


    • Alon
      February 4, 2017 at 4:54 PM

      Hi Neil, kinda off topic for this post about the harmonica, but anyway – I recommend memorising intervals using the five-fret-pattern from Guitar Theory Revolution. They have some pretty good articles about it that you can find on Google.


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