Quiz Answers


Here are the answers to our How A Harmonica Is Made video quiz.

1. Which metal are harmonica reeds made from?

In the video they are made from brass. This the most popular metal used to make reeds. Reeds can also be made from steel or other metals.

2. What is a reed plate?

It’s the flat metal plate with slots, that each family of reeds is attached to.

3. What is a comb?

It’s the middle of the harmonica. In the video, the combs are made of black plastic. On some harmonicas they are made of wood, bamboo or even metal.

4. How many reed plates does each harmonica have?

Two. One on each side of the comb. The top reed plate is for the blow notes. The bottom reed plate is for the draw notes.

5. Does a long (tall) reed make a low or a high sound?

It makes a low sound. So the low notes in your harmonica come from longer reeds and the high notes come from shorter reeds. In the video they call them small and tall!

Well done!

You’ve finished the quiz. Now ask your grown ups our harmonica questions and see if they give the right answers!

Learn harmonica at school

We especially enjoyed seeing the school children at the end playing their harmonicas in class. If you live in the south of England and would like to play harmonica at school, contact Harp Academy and ask them to help.

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