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Natural Minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A great harp to blow those minor blues as well as ethnic and modal sounds.

Natural Minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play tunes in minor keys easily without straining the lips, the lungs, or the mind! All of the notes and chords that are missing on major diatonic harps are right there on the Natural Minor. Natural Minors are designed to be played in cross harp (draw), not straight harp (blow) position. In cross harp, many of the draw notes can be bent and this allows for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. Cross harp is a very popular style used by most players for today's music.

Built in Japan to his exacting standards and incorporating new techniques and materials, it was in 1983 that Lee Oskar introduced his new harmonica. The radically different harp design grew out of Lee's frustration with the lack of quality and consistency in the mouth harps of the day. The design also benefited from Oskar's insights as a seasoned recording and touring pro.

The Dane's Design
Central to Oskar's design is a smooth plastic comb that doesn't swell like traditional wood combs. Aside from being easier to keep clean, the plastic comb is impervious to the swelling of conventional harmonica wood combs that can tear up the player's lips. By making affordable replacement reed plates available, Oskar's harps can be easily refurbished. You no longer need to toss out a harmonica because a reed or two has gone south. Replacement reed plates are available for every model in the Lee Oskar harmonica lineup and installation is easy since they mount to the comb with just three self-tapping screws. The reed plates have wide chambers and narrow dividers for faster, easier playing. A precision-molded, recessed bed holds the reed plate securely to prevent air leakage and project a bigger sound. The corrosion-proof, stainless steel cover plates are also engineered for excellent projection and tone. (Replacement cover plates are also available.) Lee Oskar harmonicas are tuned to 441-plus hertz for a brighter sound. With equal tuning by octaves, Lee Oskar harps have excellent intonation for blowing highly articulate, single-note leads.

More Keys and Modesbr>
Lee's innovation didn't stop with a better-designed harp. Recognizing the need for harmonicas tuned in other than the major and natural minor diatonic scales, he introduced the Melody Maker and Harmonic Minor series that make it easier to play melodies difficult if not impossible to play with a standard diatonic harmonica. Another indication of Oskar's hard-won knowledge as a touring pro: Each harp is clearly marked in bright white on both ends with its first- and second-position (straight and cross-harp) keys. Each harmonica box is color-coded according to its series and also displays its key prominently. If you've ever struggled to find the right harp on a darkened stage, you will appreciate this simple yet essential touch.

About Lee Oskar
Even if you don't recognize Lee Oskar by name, if you've listened to pop radio much, you've probably heard his highly personal mouth harp style on War hits like "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends." Oskar's staccato phrasing and uncanny tone—put to great use blowing horn-like unison riffs with saxman Charles Miller—gave War's funky stew of Latino, Caribbean, African, jazz, rock, and R&B elements a distinctive lead voice. This was especially true after the departure of vocalist Eric Burdon. The former Animals singer had been a focal point for War on early hits like "Spill The Wine." The band's eclectic and fluent mix of genres proved a rich fount leading to a string of '70s and '80s hits, usually with Oskar's distinctive harp riffs providing the signature sound.

FEATURES
  • Designed by a harp master
  • All key components are replaceable

If the thrill is gone, get it back by ordering some Natural Minor Harmonicas in all the keys you need.

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Lee OskarNatural Minor Harmonica
 
4.4

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75%

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Pros

  • Easy to play (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

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      Under stand what your buying/ what you need

      I write this review to help the next buyer get the harp they need. If your guitarist is playing in Am, and you want to play cross harp style you should buy the Am...Read complete review

      I write this review to help the next buyer get the harp they need. If your guitarist is playing in Am, and you want to play cross harp style you should buy the Am harp. Green labled "minor tuned" harps are listed like this. I bought several and just counted up 4 steps like I always do and the key isn't right with these minor tuned harps. Food for thought. They sound cool. We play Tom Petty's "Last dance with Mary Jane" in Am and this harp blends right in.

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      Stupid and Confusing Labeling

      "Lee Oscar" has done perhaps the stupidest thing in the history of selling harmonicas - namely, labelling the Natural Minor harps in the Cross Harp position. Every other harp, both...Read complete review

      "Lee Oscar" has done perhaps the stupidest thing in the history of selling harmonicas - namely, labelling the Natural Minor harps in the Cross Harp position. Every other harp, both his and every other brand, is labelled in the straight harp position, including Natural Minor harps in other brands. This makes ordering Natural Minor harps unnecessarily confusing, and can result in getting the wrong key harmonica.

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      5.0

      Great harps !

      By Modoc Dan

      from Southern Oregon

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy Bending
      • Easy Note Bending
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy To Play
      • Excellent Tone
      • Good Sound Volume
      • Great Sound Volume
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Short Break In Time
      • Short Break-in Time
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

          Been a fan of Lee ever since 'Lowrider'..... The minor keys are excellent for the blues riffs I love... These are superb harps, helped me become a better harp player, and really let me grow as a blues player. Great note bending capacity. The replaceable reed plates are an outstanding feature.... If I do blow a reed, 5 minutes later I'm back in the game. Excellent harps !

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          5.0

          awesome harps

          By tireiron

          from auburn, ny

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

            i have been playing the harp since 1966. i switched to tombo's lee oscar harps 10 or so years ago. i haven't looked back. i've used suzukis, hohners and seydels. these things are versitile, air tight, comfortable to play all night long, and have a great tone. they are smooth and easy to play. they are sensitive and have a good dynamic range. they eventually do wear out, but it takes a while, BUT! the reeds are replacable!

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Stupid and Confusing Labeling

            By Rube

            from St. Augustine, Fl.

            About Me Professional Musician

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            • See Comment

            Cons

            • See Comment

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              Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

              "Lee Oscar" has done perhaps the stupidest thing in the history of selling harmonicas - namely, labelling the Natural Minor harps in the Cross Harp position. Every other harp, both his and every other brand, is labelled in the straight harp position, including Natural Minor harps in other brands. This makes ordering Natural Minor harps unnecessarily confusing, and can result in getting the wrong key harmonica.

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              4.0

              Lee Oscar natural minor harp

              By Modoc Dan

              from Southern Oregon

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Nice Open Sound
              • Quality Craftsmanship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Small Venues

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                Different than the Hohner diatonics I'm accustomed to, a bit of a learning curve...I believe it will become one of my favorite harps.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                VERY minor

                By Howard Glassman

                from LA area

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                Not bad. I have a full set of Major Diatonics and have been playing Lee Oskar for years. Sound, brightness, clarity all good as per Lee Oskar. BUT, this is a VERY minor sad sounding harp. It says you can "really wail the blues" but I don't know. It seems it could only be used in very down sad depressing songs. Works great for what it is, but limited use.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Decent Harp

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                I own 14 of these bad boys. Both major and minors.One of the best harps out there.I play hard and can't tear them up. For those of you intrested you can get a minor scale on a major harp in several different positions. But if you need the 1-4-5 chords you need to get the correct harp in 2nd position.Delta Frost is a decent harp but,I seem to have to adjust the reeds to my hard attacks.There my next choice.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sure, why not?

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                LO makes great harps, comparable to the Special 20, with a few slight differences. One reviewer says they sound "sad", well it's what you put into it that makes the outcome, I think. The minor scale can be used for pensiveness, or a meditative joy- it's what you put into it that makes it emotional. Of course, you can play minor keys on a regular diatonic by cross-harp, but these provide a few really easy to hit notes that flow easily for a beginner. Hard to play strait scale on these, though, I wouldn't know how to do it. You can get three keys out of each harp, though, just like a regular diatonic, by slant/straight/cross harp playing. They can take hard playing, plastic comb, and the sound can be good if you work with the harp. They have sticky, squeaky reeds if you're trying to play as if they were a hohner or seydel, but if you play it like a LO, you can get around the squeaks, and it will be flawless. Great for the money X 100.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Under stand what your buying/ what you need

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                I write this review to help the next buyer get the harp they need. If your guitarist is playing in Am, and you want to play cross harp style you should buy the Am harp. Green labled "minor tuned" harps are listed like this. I bought several and just counted up 4 steps like I always do and the key isn't right with these minor tuned harps. Food for thought. They sound cool. We play Tom Petty's "Last dance with Mary Jane" in Am and this harp blends right in.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                It's so sad it makes me smile

                By Tenor Drummer

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                I purchased one of these keyed to Cm (basically a F major harp with several altered notes to produce the minor scale). It was one of the first harmonicas I owned and it is still my favorite. It bends extremely well and is incredible to play. It can still be used on minor songs without making everyone who hears it depressed. I really recommend it to any player wanting to do more with a harmonica.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Try these!

                By Rambler

                from Midwest

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                You will enjoy trying this harp. I use them for blues and Rock & Roll and they work well. The company is very helpful too. Well made, easy to clean and care for- no wood.

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