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A Hohner melodica
A Hohner melodica

The melodica is a free-reed instrument similar to the accordion and harmonica. It has a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument. Pressing a key opens a hole, allowing air to flow through a reed. The keyboard is usually two or three octaves long. Download high resolution version (1000x750, 161 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1000x750, 161 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Hohner is a company specialising in the manufacture of musical instruments. ... A free reed aerophone is a musical instrument where sound is produced as air passes a reed in a chamber, causing the reed to vibrate. ... For other uses, see Accordion (disambiguation). ... A harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. ... The layout of a typical musical keyboard A musical keyboard is the set of adjacent depressible levers on a musical instrument which cause the instrument to produce sounds. ... A reed is a thin strip of material which vibrates to make music. ... For other uses, see Octave (disambiguation). ...


Previously used primarily to teach music fundamentals to children, the melodica was probably first used as a serious musical instrument by jazz musician Phil Moore Jr. on his Atlantic Records album Right On, 1969 (SD-1530). It is most often associated with Jamaican dub and reggae musicians in the '70s, most notably Augustus Pablo.[1] For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... American jazz and funk musician, keyboardist and composer. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... For other uses, see Dub. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 – May 18, 1999), better known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. ...


Types of melodicas

  • Tenor melodicas are a lower-pitched type of melodica. The left hand holds a handle on the bottom, and the right hand plays the keyboard. Tenor melodicas can be played with two hands by inserting a tube into the mouthpiece hole and placing the melodica on a flat surface.
  • Soprano and alto melodicas are higher-pitched and thinner sounding than tenors. Some are designed to be played with both hands at once; the left hand plays the black keys, and the right hand plays the white keys. Others are played like the tenor melodica.
  • Bass melodicas (lower-pitched than the tenor type) also exist, but are less common than other types.
  • The accordina uses the same mechanism, but with accordion-like buttons instead of keys.
  • Italian accordion manufacturer Victoria Accordions manufactures a number of different models of vibrandoneon, which are similar to the melodica in general construction and playing technique. Victoria's vibrandoneons are made with various keyboard and button arrangements.

The Mylodica is a wood melodica manufactured by the company Sound Electra. The sound of this free reed keyboard resonates from its wood enclosure producing a sound different from the plastic melodica.


Popular melodica manufacturers include Sound Electra, Hohner, Suzuki, Yamaha and Samick. It is also known by various names such as melodion (Suzuki), melodia (Diana), pianica (Yamaha), mylodica(Sound Electra), or clavietta. Hohner is a company specialising in the manufacture of musical instruments. ... Suzuki Motor Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation company producing a range of automobiles (especially Keicars and small SUVs), a full range of motorcycles, ATVs, outboard motors, wheelchairs, and a variety of other small combustion-powered engine products. ... Yamaha may refer to: Yamaha Corporation – A manufacturer of a diverse range of musical instruments and electronics. ... Samick is the name of a Korea-based musical instrument manufacturer, one of the largest in the world. ... Suzuki Motor Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation company producing a range of automobiles (especially Keicars and small SUVs), a full range of motorcycles, ATVs, outboard motors, wheelchairs, and a variety of other small combustion-powered engine products. ...


Melodicas are portable enough to be carried around. They have been very popular in music education, especially in Asia.


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References

  1. ^ "Augustus Pablo" by Bud Kliment and Amy Wachtel

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Melodica is the name given to a wind instrument created by the German company Hohner in the late 1950’s.
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Melodica was introduced somewhere in mid of the 19th century.
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