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The Armonica

To play the armonica below, click on a glass bowl. Like the real armonica, the tone will linger as you click on the next bowl, putting tones together to make a melody.




Now try playing armonica music using a more familiar keyboard. Below are some simple melodies to try.

Mary Had a Little Lamb: E D C D E E E rest D D D rest E E E rest E D C D E E E E D D E D C hold

London Bridge: G A G F E F G rest D E F rest E F G rest G A G F E F G rest D G E C

Skip to My Lou: E E C C E E G rest D D B B D D F rest E E C C E E G rest D E F E D C C

It takes a lot of practice to learn how to handle the armonica's lingering tones. Armonica musicians, like Ben Franklin, have to develop a special touch in order to make pleasant, haunting melodies on the glass armonica.

One such musician is Cecilia Brauer. This online interactive armonica has been made possible by her generous assistance and support. Learn more about the glass armonica by visiting her website, Ben Franklin and the Armonica.


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