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Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica Ab MINOR

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Natural Minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play tunes in minor keys easily without ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Natural Minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play tunes in minor keys easily without straining the lips, the lungs, or the mind! All of the notes and chords that are missing on major diatonic harps are right there on the Natural Minor. Natural Minors are designed to be played in cross harp (draw), not straight harp (blow) position. In cross harp, many of the draw notes can be bent and this allows for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. Cross harp is a very popular style used by most players for today's music.

Built in Japan to his exacting standards and incorporating new techniques and materials, it was in 1983 that Lee Oskar introduced his new harmonica. The radically different harp design grew out of Lee's frustration with the lack of quality and consistency in the mouth harps of the day. The design also benefited from Oskar's insights as a seasoned recording and touring pro.

The Dane's Design
Central to Oskar's design is a smooth plastic comb that doesn't swell like traditional wood combs. Aside from being easier to keep clean, the plastic comb is impervious to the swelling of conventional harmonica wood combs that can tear up the player's lips. By making affordable replacement reed plates available, Oskar's harps can be easily refurbished. You no longer need to toss out a harmonica because a reed or two has gone south. Replacement reed plates are available for every model in the Lee Oskar harmonica lineup and installation is easy since they mount to the comb with just three self-tapping screws. The reed plates have wide chambers and narrow dividers for faster, easier playing. A precision-molded, recessed bed holds the reed plate securely to prevent air leakage and project a bigger sound. The corrosion-proof, stainless steel cover plates are also engineered for excellent projection and tone. (Replacement cover plates are also available.) Lee Oskar harmonicas are tuned to 441-plus hertz for a brighter sound. With equal tuning by octaves, Lee Oskar harps have excellent intonation for blowing highly articulate, single-note leads.

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Lee's innovation didn't stop with a better-designed harp. Recognizing the need for harmonicas tuned in other than the major and natural minor diatonic scales, he introduced the Melody Maker and Harmonic Minor series that make it easier to play melodies difficult if not impossible to play with a standard diatonic harmonica. Another indication of Oskar's hard-won knowledge as a touring pro: Each harp is clearly marked in bright white on both ends with its first- and second-position (straight and cross-harp) keys. Each harmonica box is color-coded according to its series and also displays its key prominently. If you've ever struggled to find the right harp on a darkened stage, you will appreciate this simple yet essential touch.

About Lee Oskar
Even if you don't recognize Lee Oskar by name, if you've listened to pop radio much, you've probably heard his highly personal mouth harp style on War hits like "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends." Oskar's staccato phrasing and uncanny tone-put to great use blowing horn-like unison riffs with saxman Charles Miller-gave War's funky stew of Latino, Caribbean, African, jazz, rock, and R&B elements a distinctive lead voice. This was especially true after the departure of vocalist Eric Burdon. The former Animals singer had been a focal point for War on early hits like "Spill The Wine." The band's eclectic and fluent mix of genres proved a rich fount leading to a string of '70s and '80s hits, usually with Oskar's distinctive harp riffs providing the signature sound.

Features
  • Designed by a harp master
  • All key components are replaceable
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Lee OskarNatural Minor Harmonica
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (10)
  • Quality craftsmanship (10)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Warm tone (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy to play both single notes and chords.

It's open jam night at the local juke joint and a big mama wants to get up and belt out "Summer Time " in A minor. With this Harp you can...Read complete review

It's open jam night at the local juke joint and a big mama wants to get up and belt out "Summer Time " in A minor. With this Harp you can nail it like no other harp player in the house. Where you are limited to single note style on a major tuned harp you can play all over this thing and provide a nice vocal sounding chorus for Big Mama, or anyone playing or singing anything in minor tuning. Be sure to get the Natural Minor tuning and not the Harmonica Minor tuning, unless you are into Eastern European music or playing at a Bar Mitzvah.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stupid and Confusing Labeling

"Lee Oscar" has done perhaps the stupidest thing in the history of selling harmonicas - namely, labelling the Natural Minor harps in the Cross Harp position. Every other harp, both...Read complete review

"Lee Oscar" has done perhaps the stupidest thing in the history of selling harmonicas - namely, labelling the Natural Minor harps in the Cross Harp position. Every other harp, both his and every other brand, is labelled in the straight harp position, including Natural Minor harps in other brands. This makes ordering Natural Minor harps unnecessarily confusing, and can result in getting the wrong key harmonica.

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4.0

Works where other keys don't

By mikeF

from Minne-SO-tah

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • classic rock

    Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

    When bands wants to play something with minor chords, this helps a lot to find riffs that will work

     
    4.0

    Yes

    By Blues jr.

    from Chicago suburbs

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Best for the money
    • Consistent
    • Easy to change out reeds when they go bad
    • Easy To Play
    • Easy to see what key they are
    • Quality Craftsmanship

    Cons

    • Don't sound as good as special 20s

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

      I have almost all the keys. Use them in my acoustic act in a rack while I play guitar and sing. I also use them for a few songs in the classic rock band I play in.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Key Label is Misleading

      By ParttimeTroubadour

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

      I was looking for a Db natural minor harmonica - not an often requested key, but useful to accompany a guitar tuned down 1/2 step. The problem is that Hohner and Lee Oskar label their keys differently. With Hohner, if you order a natural minor harmonica, the key is the 1st position key. With Lee Oskar, it's the 2nd position key. Therefore, if you want a Db first position key with Lee Oskar, you need to order the Ab key! So I ordered a Hohner Db, and I got the Db harp. I am not sure why Lee Oskar does this, but it's not only confusing, but out of line with what others are doing. I will stick with Hohner going forward.

       
      5.0

      Great Harp!

      By Mary

      from Mary, from the bus

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

          Right out of the box these things play themselves. Try one today!

           
          5.0

          Extremely Satisfied Musician's Friend

          By Skip

          from Lakewood, CO

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

            I am extremely satisfied with the Lee Oskar Am harmonica I received. I had contacted Lee on his site asking what harmonica was used for the song by War "Gypsy Man". And now my playing is starting to sound like the record! I love the Oskar harmonicas and would order more of them.

             
            5.0

            A different sound from the harp section

            By Back Stool

            from Saukville, WI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Play
            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                This is another of the minor harmonicas that add a somber, almost middle eastern, element to the church band. Works well, especially for Advent and Lenten music from a contemporary Praise Band.

                 
                5.0

                Adds a dimention to the band

                By Back Stool

                from Saukville, WI

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Play
                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Rich Sound
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                    Having the haunting sound of a minor key harmonica to the band provides a rich addition to our liturgical music.

                     
                    5.0

                    Nice idea- minor key

                    By Studio B

                    from Lewis Center, Ohio

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Play
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                    I bought this as a gift, but may get one for myself. Having the notes in the minor key is a real help for someone who plays occasionally but has not mastered the bends to get some of the flatted notes. I was very happy with the quality, and am sure that the person I bought it for will enjoy it and get a lot of use out of it.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great harps !

                    By Modoc Dan

                    from Southern Oregon

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Easy Bending
                    • Easy Note Bending
                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Excellent Tone
                    • Good Sound Volume
                    • Great Sound Volume
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Short Break In Time
                    • Short Break-in Time
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                        Been a fan of Lee ever since 'Lowrider'..... The minor keys are excellent for the blues riffs I love... These are superb harps, helped me become a better harp player, and really let me grow as a blues player. Great note bending capacity. The replaceable reed plates are an outstanding feature.... If I do blow a reed, 5 minutes later I'm back in the game. Excellent harps !

                         
                        5.0

                        awesome harps

                        By tireiron

                        from auburn, ny

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Play
                        • Quality Craftsmanship
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Warm Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Jazz Clubs
                          • Small Venues
                          • Soundtracks

                          Comments about Lee Oskar Natural Minor Harmonica:

                          i have been playing the harp since 1966. i switched to tombo's lee oscar harps 10 or so years ago. i haven't looked back. i've used suzukis, hohners and seydels. these things are versitile, air tight, comfortable to play all night long, and have a great tone. they are smooth and easy to play. they are sensitive and have a good dynamic range. they eventually do wear out, but it takes a while, BUT! the reeds are replacable!

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