Hello, Leo and Little Lady harmonica friends.
The Hohner Little Lady was the first known
mass-produced mini-harmonica, introduced in
1924. Since then, most of the major harmonica
companies and even a few of the less-known
companies make mini-harps.
Mini-harps today have 4, 5, or 6 holes, and are
exhale & inhale instruments. They have a range
of at least one octave (piano range C6-C7).
Hering makes a mini-harp in the key of A , and
a key of G mixolydian was once made by Huang.
G mixolydian is the key of C, but it starts on G
and ends on G, using the same spellings as the C
mini-harp. The mixolydian mode is a favorite for
blues, country, rock and jazz music styles
There are songbooks written for the standard
4-hole mini-harp. The most extensive book
is "The Ultimate Miniature Harmonica Tunebook",
by Pat Missin. It has 365 tunes for the 4-hole mini:
Other books that might be out of print (not recently
"25 Popular Tunes for the One Inch, 4-hole Mini-Harp",
by Alan "Blackie" Schackner, published by F. & R. Farrell
company of Harrisburg, Ohio, USA, 31 pages. The Farrell
company ended in 2005, with the death of it's owner,
Richard Farrell. The book may still be available at Amazon
or ebay websites, or on-line book sellers.
"My Favorite Songs for Starlet", by Shanghai native Cham-Ber Huang
(Tsing-Barh Huang, 1925-2013), published by the Huang harmonica
company, 21 pages. It was written for use with the Huang Starlet
mini-harp, and it was a free book provided with a Starlet purchase.
"Hohner Harmonica Songbook", published by the Hohner harmonica
company. This book was designed for the Hohner Rainbow harmonica,
a harmonica with the same size as a 10-hole single reed diatonic blues
harp, but it has only 4 holes, like the 4-hole mini-harps. The book has
16 pages, and includes a free Rainbow harp with purchase of the book.