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Your First Melodica Lesson

Your First Melodica Lesson

  In this melodica tutorial for absolute beginners, learn the names of the notes, and how to play a simple scale and chord.   No.1   Which melodica do I need? There’s tons out there to choose from. Try a small Yamaha Pianica, or if you want more ideas, take a look at Melodica World’s Buying a melodica   No.2   First things first Before picking up the melodica, ... »

10 Ways to be a Pro Melodica Player

10 Ways to be a Pro Melodica Player

  So, you’ve been playing for a while now, and you’re comfortable with the basics. Here’s some tips for taking your playing up to the next level   No. 1 Use the mouthpiece rather than the hose. Keeping the mouth as close as possible to the instrument allows for more control and expression   No. 2 Relaxation is the foundation of good technique. Too much tension will... »

The Melodica in Pop Music

The Melodica in Pop Music

The melodica’s been around for decades, and ever since its inception in the late 50s, there’s been a steady demand for it’s quirky sound. Here’s a chronological look at the melodica in popular music from 1964 to today. Sounds like some of these players might have benefitted from the Melodica World’s article on tuning a melodica!   1964 John Lennon – Strawberry Fi... »

Buying a melodica

Buying a melodica

So many melodicas, so little time! How do you go about buying a melodica? And which is the best melodica for you? There’s three things you need to consider – how many notes you need, the type of sound you like, and how it looks! Here’s the lowdown on the 8 highest rated melodicas on this site. These are all quality instruments, suitable for playing in a band, or for recording. If... »

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How to Tune a Melodica

How to Tune a Melodica

How to tune a melodica This is a basic tutorial on tuning a melodica. Melodicas are from the free reed family of instruments, which include the harmonica (mouth organ), accordion and concertina. Just like their other family members, melodicas need regular tuning if they are being played a lot. Tuning a melodica is not complicated, but it can be fiddly, and takes some practice. It is also time cons... »

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What’s a melodica?

What’s a melodica?

  What’s a melodica? It’s a handheld instrument with a mouthpiece and piano-style keyboard. The player blows through the mouthpiece, and presses one or more keys on the keyboard to make a sound. It is like a cross between a harmonica (mouth organ) and a piano accordion. Like these instruments, it belongs to the ‘free reed’ family.   How does it work? When the play... »