Our Harmonica Tunings

1 Standard Tuning & 3 Altered Tunings Color-Coded for Easy Identification

Harmonica players all over the world prefer the Lee Oskar Harmonicas System, which is distinguished by the consistent quality of materials, design, construction, and sound. 

standard
tuning

Major Diatonic

The Major Diatonic is the standard Blues tuning and may be played in the 1st & 2nd Positions. Using 1st Position (Straight Harp): FOLK, COUNTRY. Using 2nd Position (Cross Harp): BLUES, ROCK, POP, COUNTRY
Understanding 1st / 2nd Positions

Orange Label

14 Keys (Listed low to high):
Lo F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, Hi G

altered
tuning

Melody Maker™

The Melody Maker™, with its three altered notes, is great for playing Major scale melodies in 2nd Position (Cross Harp): R&B, COUNTRY, REGGAE, POP, JAZZ, LATIN, AFRO, CLAVE, SKA (Not recommended for BLUES)
Understanding 1st / 2nd Positions

Blue Label

5 Keys (Listed low to high):
C, D, E, G, A

altered
tuning

Natural Minor

The Natural Minor, with its five altered notes, is a natural choice for playing minor music in 2nd Position (Cross Harp): MINOR BLUES, REGGAE, SKA, LATIN, FUNK, R&B, HIP HOP
Understanding 1st / 2nd Positions

Green Label

12 Keys (Listed low to high):
Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m, Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm

altered
tuning

Harmonic Minor

The Harmonic Minor, with its five altered notes, is ideal for playing World Music. It offers a soulful, Eastern European sound, perfectly suited for playing traditional ethnic music spanning many different cultures. Typically played in 1st Position (Straight Harp): EASTERN EUROPEAN, GYPSY, YIDDISH, ASIAN, TANGO, REGGAE
Understanding 1st / 2nd Positions

Yellow Label

12 Keys (Listed low to high):
Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm, Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m

About ‘Altered Tunings’

Altered tunings make it easy to play many different kinds of music and can help to expand your musical horizons. Knowing the difference between Major and minor music is important.

Altered tunings sound very different from the traditional Blues/Rock/Country Standard tuning. Certain reeds have been modified to create each of the altered tunings, providing different sounds and scales.

Owning multiple Lee Oskar Harmonicas altered tunings, in different keys, is like adding new colors of paint to a your musical palette… and they are fun to play! Explore these fantastic tunings, listen to the demos and refer to the layouts and key charts available on this site, to appreciate all the benefits that they provide.

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

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