Yesterday my dad gave me a harmonica that he had for a long time. He tried to learn, but gave up very quickly. I figured since I know my theory, it would be relatively simple to pick up, and it looks like a blast to play. A great skill to have if I ever get locked up... It's a C Hohner Blues Harp , which from my research online, is supposed to be pretty solid. I'd like to pick up a few other keys after I get the hang of it, they are pretty cheap. I could slowly build up my collection if I decide to stick with it. Which keys should I get? I don't quite understand how cross harmonica works. Am I better off learning to play cross harmonica, or having a harmonica in every key? When you play a harmonica in a different key, is this similar to the way horns are transposed to keep fingerings the same? Any tips or good resources? I found a great wikibook about harmonica that seems very helpful. I also have a book that came along with this harmonica that I can work though. Right now I'm having a hard time getting just a single note to sound clearly. I had no luck with the tongue blocking method. Is there anything wrong with the pucker method? My notes are also sounding rather weak. On horn I fixed that problem with more air, but on harmonica, more air makes the note bend downward. How do I get a nice, full sounding note? Any hint's on bending? I'm working on trying to play the entire chromatic scale. I found the 2 hole is incredibly easy to bend, but others are damn near impossible. I also find bending to be very tiring, so maybe I've got the technique wrong. Once I can get the bending down, I think some half step exercises would be great for nailing the technique. Can anyone play harmonica and bass at the same time? Personally, I can't hold a conversation and play bass, so that will be a challenge. I played french horn in high school concert band, and as much as I hated it, it made me a better musician. Horns really force you to use your ear, which I think has suffered since I graduated. Harmonica seems very similar in that respect. I'd like to pick up harmonica not only to improve my ear, but also because it looks like lots of fun to play. I think I'm going to take my harmonica to school once I get the hang of it. There are always performers on the train platform, and my commute would be alot more fun if I had a blues jam on the way to school. Thanks!