There are tons of options out there for buying harmonicas. There are also, tons of video providing lovely and helpful content. Something that recently dawned on me is how I used to get so giddy when I got a new toy, or found a new source of entertainment. With a mindset locked on my reminiscent excitement, I sought out the same feelings, though this time in the harmonica world.
I don’t know how many people know this, but it is not hard to find some dang cool harmonicas out there. So! Let me waste no more of your time! Instead, let me share my recent findings.
Big Boy, Big Harmonica
Oh, yes! We are all grown up, but still feel the excitement like that of a child when we stumble onto something we experience for the first time. And that is just what happened when I found this video:
Welcome to the World of the Double Bass Harmonica
As a kid, I worked my way through many stringed instruments. Everyone and their mom plays guitar, so I didn’t want to only play guitar; of course I had picked up the Ukulele; one day, I woke up with access to a Mandolin; but the Instrument that stuck with me longer than any of the others was the Bass Guitar. This was the only one of the stringed instruments that I really clung to and became competent in.
With that reflection on my musical history, now it may be easier to imagine why I might be partial to anything Bass-related. Even if you don’t start drooling over cool Bass-related instruments, This is two Harmonicas stacked! One right on top of the other! What!
In the video shown above, he does a little improvisation for the introduction then jumps to a Swedish Waltz; a traditional Song titled: Vals ifrån Vilhelmina. Here is another version you can listen to on youtube.
Suzuki Double Bass Chromatic Harmonica
Now! Here’s a little general knowledge on the Suzuki Double Bass Harmonica. As seen in the first video, it’s two harmonicas stacked on a frame unique for this instrument; the top harmonica is tuned in C#, while the bottom harmonica is tuned in C. having this double harmonica with access to both C# Scales and C Scales, that will bring you all the way up and down two chromatic octaves. It ranges from E to E2.
It’s built to project sound with minimal effort, so playing does not require harder blowing to get the great sound heard above.
Conclusion of Recent Findings
I think we all have a moment when we find an instrument or musician who blows our mind. It is truly fascinating to see the creative capabilities of artists who put in the time to learn their craft. My hope is that this is an inspiration to you for future learning or for picking up a new style of harmonica or a new instrument soon!