It's a lot of fun to play Irish Music on our instrument. Tunes are easy to learn and you can play in session very quickly. In this text i'll try to give some advices on how to play irish music on a harmonica. In fact it's a translation of my french blog. So you can have a Guinnes and enjoy !
The first question when you want to play irish music on harmonica is which harmonica do i need to play this music ? You need to know that most of the irish tunes are played in D major, G major, A major and the relatives minors so B minor, E minor... Do we need a special tuning in order to play harmonica ? The answer is Yes. The Richter tuning is not a good option if you want to be able to play ornamentations, fast tunes in the lower octave. So which tuning ?
The Paddy Tuning :
The Solo Tuning :
There is a lot of tunings in the harmonica world, you have to choose the one that is good for you but remember that most of tunes are in D and G !