Lee Oskar Harmonicas is a manufacturer of superior quality, top selling harmonicas since 1983. The best harmonicas for singer/songwriters. Designed by a pro, For All. For Life.
BLUES, FOLK, ROCK, COUNTRY, POP
The Major Diatonic is the standard Blues tuning.
R&B, COUNTRY, REGGAE, POP, JAZZ, LATIN, AFRO, CLAVE, SKA
The Melody Maker™, with its three altered notes, is great for playing Major scale melodies.
(Not recommended for BLUES)
MINOR BLUES, REGGAE, SKA, LATIN, FUNK, R&B, HIP HOP
The Natural Minor, with its five altered notes, is a natural choice for playing minor music.
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.
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 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.
For example, if you want to play Blues, Rock, Pop or Country music on the harmonica, we recommend using the Major Diatonic harmonica, the standard tuning.
If you want to play single note melodies, or Reggae, R&B, Country, Latin, Afro, Clave, Ska and Jazz Standards, we recommend using the Melody Maker™ harmonica.
If you want to play soulful minor Blues, Reggae, Latin, Funk and Hip Hop music, we recommend using the Natural Minor harmonica.
If you want to play world music such as the sounds of Eastern Europe, Gypsy, Yiddish, Asian, Tango and Reggae music, we recommend using the Harmonic Minor harmonica.
It is very important to understand the different playing positions used in the Lee Oskar Harmonicas System.