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    Ten years playing the melodica!

    I wanted to share how I learned to play Irish melodica, travelling to the Indian Himalayas, and combining melodica practice with meditation. I didn’t take a Yamaha Pianica, Hohner Melodica or Suzuki Melodion with me, can you recognise the one from the photo? Instead of taking melodica lessons, I listened to my favourite concertina player, and copied everything he did!

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    Learn an Irish tune on Melodica

    If you want to play Irish music, you have a selection of instruments open to you. Some of these fall into the ‘traditional’ category, and some, including the melodica, into the ‘alternative’ category. There are instruments for backing (playing the accompaniment), and there are instruments that play the tunes (melodies). Traditional tune playing instruments you’ll find at an Irish music session are the wooden flute, fiddle (violin), tin whistle, uilleann pipes (pronounced ‘illin’), banjo, concertina,…

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    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 Fields Forever The first example shouldn’t strictly be in this list, but it was…

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    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 player blows, the air travels through the mouthpiece and into an…

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