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Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica Natural Minor Tuning  

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        It's bluesy, soulful sound is perfect for playing minor blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz.

        As exert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, the 560 Special 20 harmonica in Natural Minor tuning means that "all the 3rds in the blow and draw chords...are tuned a semitone lower than the Richter system, so that both blow and draw chords are minor...." This "tuning is great for blues and rock numbers in minor keys..." and is "also very good for minor key reggae numbers, or similar spacey groove music...." In general, natural minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing minor blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play minor music easily without straining the lips, the lungs, or the mind! All of the notes and chords that were missing on the major diatonic harps for playing minor blues are right there on the natural minor. Natural minors are designed to be played in cross harp (draw), not straight harp (blow) style. In cross harp, many of the draw notes can be bent, allowing for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. In addition, cross harp is a very popular style used by most players for today's music.

        The Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica boasts an airtight design that makes it the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style—blues, country, folk, or rock.

        The Hohner 560 Special 20 delivers the coveted Marine Band harmonica sound and has the added benefits of its plastic comb, which doesn't absorb moisture. Plastic combs are more stable and do not swell, shrink, or crack. Plus they last longer and are more airtight than wood combs that can become swollen, twisted, and warped.

        The 560 Special 20 harmonica's Increased airtightness means increased responsiveness. Plastic also provides comfort and it's smoother on the lips, preventing chafing. Another plus of the 560 Special 20's design is that its smooth mouthpiece features reed plates that are recessed into the comb. This keeps the 2 (rather sharp) edges of the brass reed plates from harming the harmonica player's lips. It's the harp-of-choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper of the band Blues Traveler and was played by Bob Dylan on his 2007-2008 tour. Chances are your favorite player has several of these Hohner harmonicas in his case.



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        About Hohner:
        Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.

        Features

        • 10-hole diatonic
        • Natural minor tuning
        • Professional quality
        • Genuine brass plates
        • Plastic comb
        • Bolted-on covers
        • Reeds: 20
        • Reedplates: brass; 0.9 mm
        • Plastic comb
        • Length: 10 cm
        • Hohner harmonicas feature:
        • Improved reed profiles to increase reed life by over 200%
        • Precision die punches to ensure reed plates with unparalleled air tightness
        • Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
        • Extremely stable stainless steel covers that won't tarnish and are easy to clean
        • Dynamic range and highest volume of most any commercially made harmonica
        • Super-fast response at all volume levels
        • Easily adjustability for overblows

        Get an awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone when you order the 560 Special 20 today.

         
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        BACKORDER.

        By Bradley-F_9Rd

        from Florida

        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica Natural Minor Tuning:

        I have tried to order several of these in the keys of Am, Dm, and Em and every time i get an email months later stating I won't be recieving them. Backorder is one thing, but i have yet to recieve any of these.

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        Nice harmonica but order thing right key is tricky

        By Ryan

        from Charlotte, NC

        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica Natural Minor Tuning:

        I have been playing harmonica for a little while now, and I have bought a few different ones. The Hohner special 20 has been my second favorite (I think the Bushman Delta Frost has been the best, but they don't offer a natural minor). This is pretty much the same as my major special 20, just a different key and tuning. I like how the holes are smaller on the Special 20 and the Delta Frost unlike the larger ones on the Lee Oskars. All three brands are great, but just like Fenders and Gibsons, everyone has their own preference. I also think that the Hohners have the best cases, the instrument doesn't shake around in the case as much as the Delta Frost or the Lee Oskar.My only real complaint about this product is that it is tricky to order the key you want. These are designed to be played in Cross harp (second position draw is the root note), so I thought they would be labeled that way. It would have been nice if the online description would clear this up. I could understand if they labeled the instrument either way, I just wish that they would tell you which way they chose. The D natural minor that I ordered is actually played (in cross harp) as an Am. The label on the harmonica actually refers to the 4 blow note. So if you want to play a song in a particular minor key, you need to order the harp that is a fourth higher.song is in natural Em - order Amsong is in natural Am - order Dmsong is in natural Dm - order Gmsong is in natural Gm - order CmOther than that, it is a great instrument, just like the major Special 20s.

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