The principle of the harmonica dates back to approximately 3000 BC with the invention of the Chinese ‘sheng’, a free-swinging reed instrument. Later in the 18th century, a trader brought a sheng to western Europe. The principle of the sheng then evolved into what we now know as the western mouth organ, or harmonica.
The harmonica was to become one of the most popular folk instruments in the United States. For example, in the mid-19th century, the harmonica was a popular campfire instrument for both the cowboys on long trail drives and Civil War soldiers passing the time at the end of a long, tiring day.
Today, the harmonica is more popular than ever and remains one of the easiest instruments to learn to play. Our Beginner’s Harmonica set includes complete instructions, simple tunes and a cardboard box.