A Harmonica with “No Wrong Notes”?
“Guitar players love it, harmonica players hate it”. Ha! Yeah, I was curious, too. Especially as a long-time guitarist…
Say hello to the Hohner Pentaharp.
The big idea from Hohner? Create a harmonica with only the notes from one scale on it. Blow or draw any note on the harp and like magic, you’re noodling the Blues scale, sounding like a boss, with no way of playing a bum note .
To do the same on a regular harmonica, you’d have to learn how to bend to be able to play all the notes in the scale.
This makes it an ideal harp for people - like guitarists - who just wanna be able to riff some harp without ever really needing to learn it. It’s like training wheels for harmonica. But, yunno no-one’s ever gonna take you seriously with training wheels on, if you want to be taken seriously as a harp player.
With the Hohner Pentaharp, you can’t get the kind of classic blues harmonica sounds that I teach in my Blues Harmonica for Beginners video.
Wanna play a -45 trill? Sorry. You can’t .
Wanna play -4 -4’ -3’ -3? Nope, can’t do that either.
But for a guitarist who wants to be able to play the occasional blues riffs or blues-rock riffs, this could be just the trick!
I’ve owned mine for quite awhile, and it has yet to make its way into any of my jam sessions, recording sessions, or gigs.
I think an avid blues/rock guitar player who is frustrated with the limitations of the harmonica for busting out guitar licks is much better off exploring the Wilde Tuned harmonica from Seydel. That’s my 2 cents.
In the meantime, to see and hear her in action, check out my Hohner Pentaharp 2 Minute Review.