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Chromatic Harmonica

A chromatic harmonica has a slide, worked by pushing the button on the side, which brings another set of reeds in to action. The usual pattern is that each note is raised by a semitone when the button is pushed. You'll not be surprised to find that not only do they come in different keys but there are different slide arrangements.

Here is the layout for a chromatic harmonica based on C. It needs a different technique.

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Blow, Slide In C# F G# C# C# F G# C# C# F G# C#
Blow, Slide Out C E G C C E G C C E G C
Draw, Slide Out D F A B D F A B D F A B
Draw, Slide In D# F# A# C D# F# A# C D# F# A# D