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HAPPINESS, PEACE, FREEDOM & HEALTH –
THE HARMONICA IS MORE THAN AN INSTRUMENT

Playing harmonica offers so much more than just the musical aspect: it is good for your soul and good for your health. Good for your soul, because it’s great fun and you can simply blow stress and anxiety away! Good for your health, because by breathing deeply on a regular basis, you can help improve breath control and increase lung capacity. Deep breathing also aids relaxation, which in turn can help regulate blood pressure.

While this is indisputably good for anyone, we want to especially encourage people suffering from the Post Covid Syndrome to include the harmonica in their breathing exercises. For more enjoyment and increased perseverance in these difficult times.

The Speedy harmonica by HOHNER allows you to hop on the train immediately, without any previous knowledge. We assure you that within the first hour, you will be able to play the short melody that we have composed specially for this purpose. Join us and breathe music!

HOHNER has long been proud to support advocates of the harmonica who are bringing the health benefits of harmonica playing into their communities all over the world. Their experiences provide overwhelming evidence that this subject deserves its own special platform – the one you’ve just landed on. Enjoy scrolling!

THE #BREATHEHOHNER Jingle

So that everyone can join in the fun within minutes, we’ve composed a simple and uplifting melody. Choosing the Speedy allows easy single note playing thanks to the wider spacing between the channels.

-> Playing scheme

 

BACKING TRACK FOR JINGLE

ENJOY MAKING YOUR MUSIC WITH HOHNER! ENHANCE YOUR BODY AND SOUL!

The projects and advocates we present below all follow the idea that the harmonica is more than just a musical instrument. They have discovered and practiced methods that go beyond the enjoyment of music and have witnessed improved health in themselves and their students thanks to the harmonica.

We breathe together with:

Outdoorharp: Holger „Hobo“ Daub

Holger "Hobo" Daub is a harmonica player and wildlife educator from Hamburg, Germany.

If you visit Holger's site, you’ll soon realize how much these two things are connected.  In the midst of beautiful natural surroundings, he teaches beginners and advanced players the connection between blowing in and getting out: Air in and joy out. In addition, Holger organizes charity projects for city children - which is why we actively support him with harmonicas.

You can find out more about Hobo at

www.outdoorharp.de

BeHarpy: Quim Roca

Quim Roca is a harmonica player and sound therapist from Catalonia, Spain.

He has long relied on the harmonica as a tool to improve lung capacity and breath control, as a resource to deal with stress, anxiety and all kinds of physical and emotional issues. By applying different breathing techniques, attendees of his various BeHarpy workshops experience even more fun playing the harmonica and are more at ease in everyday life through more conscious breathing. In addition to the harmonica, he also uses the didgeridoo, the jaw harp and overtone singing as a means to connect more deeply with our bodies and minds.

Convince yourself:

https://www.somiarte.com/talleres-beharpy-quimroca

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G1c1Jm6p4w

 

The world’s smallest gym: Mattias Bogefors

A few years after suffering a bad whiplash injury, Mattias picked up the harmonica. With the support of his physiotherapists, he discovered that playing the harmonica had many similarities with the gentle and subtle exercises he was already doing clinically. The harmonica has helped Mattias find his way back into life, which is why he calls it "the smallest gym in the world" or "just a medical instrument".

For more than 20 years, he has been passing on his experience by means of his specially developed therapeutic concept to private clients, patient organizations and hospitals in Sweden and the Netherlands, thus helping struggling people with a wide variety of problems, including respiratory diseases and medical conditions affecting the neck, jaw and tongue. The deep breathing is also beneficial for coping with pain and anxiety. Thanks to Mattias' efforts, people have been able to sustainably improve their quality of life, and have lots of fun in the process!

You can contact Mattias at mattias.bogefors(at)telia.com

The little Harmonica: Chris Kramer

Chris Kramer is a blues musician, harmonica player and singer-songwriter from Dortmund, Germany.

However, he sees himself first and foremost quite simply as a storyteller, because since 2013 he has been touring schools with various children's projects and is active as a children's book author. His novel character "Die kleine Mundharmonika" not only experiences all kinds of exciting adventures, but also encourages children to make music themselves and regularly comes up with "meaningful thoughts" and thus tries to promote tolerance, respect and social harmony in addition to music.

The audio book "Die kleine Mundharmonika und die gute Nacht" (The little Harmonica and the Good Night) was created to help both young and old people to fall asleep better, because "the little Harmonica has discovered that the vibrations of its reeds have a calming effect on people".

Here you can get directly to the audio book: https://orcd.co/d7xj2y3

Learn more about Chris here: http://chris-kramer.de/

SHOW US YOUR BEST MOMENTS ON INSTAGRAM – #BREATHEHOHNER

Get out in nature and show us how breathing music makes you feel happy, peaceful and free. Upload your best moments with the harmonica on Instagram, tag #breathehohner and link @hohnermusic and get a chance to win 2 x 300 € or one of 18 sets of Speedys (contains 12 instruments) to help you spread the idea among your friends and family!

More information.

HOHNER’S UNIQUE SPEEDY - THE BEST INSTRUMENT TO START WITH

When developing the Speedy, we wanted to create a diatonic beginners instrument that would be perfect for children – hence the durable construction and large, widely separated holes.

Who knew that it would turn out to be perfect for initial orientation not just for children, but for adults as well? Within minutes, you’ll be able to play your first melodies on this wonderful learners harmonica.

Four holes can allow you to play thousands of songs, so everyone can play their favorite piece on this instrument. No matter which musical style you like best, interpretations on the Speedy are always possible. Share your favorites with the community and inspire others!

Special 20, Big River Harp and Bluesband

If you prefer to start with a regular 10-hole diatonic harmonica model right away, we have you covered there too.

You can choose between our ever popular Special 20, the made-in-Germany Big River Harp, the more affordable beginner model Blues Band, or any other diatonic model from our portfolio.

By the way: if you take a regular 10-hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C, you can also join in with the jingle by playing chords. Breathing through holes 1,2,3 and 4 simultaneously yields the C-major (exhale) and G-major (inhale) chords, a very powerful sound.

LET’S START BREATHING MUSIC!