Natural Minor harmonicas are a very useful harmonica which makes it much easier to play many musical genres that are very difficult to play on the Standard harmonica tuning. Even if a player could master the highly advanced techniques that would be necessary to play certain melodies, there would not have the chords and Minor scale notes that the Natural Minor harmonica provides.
Natural Minor harmonicas have a very bluesy, soulful sound that’s perfect for playing Minor Blues, Reggae, Ska, Latin, Funk, R & B, Hip Hop. The natural minor tuning is set up to play Minor music easily, without straining the lips, the lungs or the mind!
The Hohner Marine Band, first made in 1896, is the world’s best selling harmonica and is still the instrument of choice for many professional players. It has traditional nailed 0.9mm brass reed plates on a pear wood comb.
The Marine Band 1896 is the archetypal blues harmonica. Almost unchanged since it was patented in 1896, this iconic instrument embodies the real deep blues like no other and is the benchmark against which all others are judged. Initially designed for European folk music, it quickly became a prominent voice of American blues of the early 20th century, played by all harmonica players of this era.