Lee Oskar Harmonicas

Known worldwide for innovation and consistent excellence in harmonica making, Lee Oskar Harmonicas was founded in 1983 by harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar, in collaboration with Tombo Manufacturing of Japan, a multi-generational harmonica manufacturer known for excellence since 1917.

Lee Oskar Harmonicas

Major Diatonic Harps, Natural Minor Diatonic Harps, Harmonic Minor Diatonic Harps.

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Globally recognized for 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. Lee Oskar Harmonicas are available in various keys with standard and altered tunings, which allow musicians to play a wide range of musical genres and styles.

Major Diatonic Harps

The Lee Oskar major diatonic harmonica is the most commonly used tuning for playing Blues, Rock, Country Folk & Jazz. Major Diatonic harps are produced by several manufacturers using various names such as Hohner (Blues Harp, Marine Band, Golden Melody, Meisterklasse, etc.). Although the cover plates are stamped with a variety of different names, all of these harmonicas have the exact same notation layout as the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. The most important difference is in the quality of materials, construction, design and sound. All over the world, professional players use Lee Oskar harps as their first choice harmonica. Available in 14 Keys (listed from low to high): Low F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, High G.

Natural Minor Diatonic Harps

The Lee Oskar natural minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that’s perfect for playing minor Blues, Rock, Country, Reggae, Pop & Jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play minor music easily, without straining the lips, the lungs or the mind! All of the notes and chords that were missing on the major diatonic, for playing minor blues, are right there on the natural minor scale. Natural minors are designed to be played in 2nd position (cross harp), not 1st position (straight harp). In 2nd position, many of the draw notes can be bent and this allows for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. 2nd position is a very popular approach used by most players for today’s music. Available in 12 Keys (listed from low to high): Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m, Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm.

Harmonic Minor Diatonic Harps

The Lee Oskar Harmonic minor harmonicas tuning has a very soulful, Eastern European vibe and was used for one entire side of Lee Oskar’s highly acclaimed first solo album. This multi-cultural harmonica is designed to play Traditional Ethnic Music that is important to the heritage of many cultures. Minor Eastern European, Gypsy, Yiddish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and European/American folk music, as well as various selections of jazz and classic show tunes, can easily be mastered with this harmonica. Available in 12 Keys (listed from low to high): Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Cm, Dbm, Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m.