Lee Oskar Harmonicas

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Major Diatonic

The Major Diatonic is the standard Blues tuning.

Choose this harmonica to play:
BLUES, FOLK, ROCK, COUNTRY, POP

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Melody Maker™

The Melody Maker™, with its three altered notes, is great for playing Major scale melodies.

Choose this harmonica to play:
R&B, COUNTRY, REGGAE, POP, JAZZ, LATIN, AFRO, CLAVE, SKA (Not recommended for BLUES)

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Natural Minor

The Natural Minor, with its five altered notes, is a natural choice for playing minor music.

Choose this harmonica to play:
MINOR BLUES, REGGAE, SKA, LATIN, FUNK, R&B, HIP HOP

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Harmonic Minor

The Harmonic Minor, with its five altered notes, is ideal for playing World Music.

Choose this harmonica to play:
EASTERN EUROPEAN, GYPSY, YIDDISH, ASIAN, TANGO, REGGAE

What is an ‘Altered Tuning’?

Lee Oskar developed three altered tunings, with different notes and scales, so that players could enjoy playing different musical styles and genres with ease, rather than straining to learn highly advanced techniques on a Major Diatonic.

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Thanks to these altered tunings, harmonica players can enjoy easy access to a much wider range of sound, expression and artistry.  Furthermore, the innovative Lee Oskar Harmonicas System features interchangeable reed plates so that you can create other tunings as well!

Altered tunings are the fastest and easiest way to find a more expressive new sound. Why struggle with advanced playing techniques, such as bends and overblows on a standard harmonica? Our altered tunings give you notes you won’t find on any standard Major Diatonic harp. Lee Oskar Harmonicas altered tunings make it easy to play many different genres of music while you explore new musical directions. Owning a variety of Lee Oskar Harmonica tunings makes playing more fun, spontaneous and versatile.

It is very important to understand the different playing positions used in the Lee Oskar Harmonicas System.

Become a Lee Oskar Insider…

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Lee Oskar Harmonicas was founded in 1983 by harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, in collaboration with Tombo Mfg of Japan, a multi-generational manufacturer known for excellence since 1917. Globally recognized for innovation, superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, Lee Oskar Harmonicas pioneered an interchangeable system of reed plates, combs and cover plates that has become the industry’s gold standard.

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