The History of the Harmonica

In the early 1800s, the harmonica was developed in Europe. It was designed for classical music, and appeared in the US, Europe, the United Kingdom, and South America around the same time. Before 1824 there were many free reed instruments that used air from the mouth to make music. In 1826, the harmonica took a leap forward with the invention of the blow and draw mechanism. Hundreds of harmonicas had been produced by 1827, and in 1829 even more companies started to make this instrument.

Another name for the harmonica is the blues harp. It’s used very frequently in Blues music, and has been for decades. The unique sound that a harmonica produces is perfect for the sound that Blues music needs and offers to its fans. Harmonicas are also used for folk music, and they’re played just about everywhere in the world. They even have a medical use. People who have breathing problems are encouraged to play them for rehabilitation, because they strengthen the lungs and diaphragm.

For more information on the history of the harmonica in the Simi Valley area, contact the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.