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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
 

  The sequence of notes is different from the diatonic. You can see it is built up of units like this:

C E G C Blow            All the notes of the major scale are available.

D F A B Draw  

This means notes are repeated eg blow 4 and 5 are both C with no slide or C# with the slide in.

One disadvantage is that you can not use exactly the same action as for the diatonic harmonica.

The advantage of course is that all the chromatic notes are available.

Chromatic harmonicas come in different base keys.