How to Make a Hair Comb Harmonica

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How to Make a Hair Comb Harmonica
Introduce kids to the joy of making music with a simple harmonica. (Music play image by YvesBonnet from

For only pennies, you can make a harmonica out of a hair comb and a few other simple materials. Give the hair comb harmonica to a child, and you have an impromptu lesson on the pleasure of playing a musical instrument. As simple as it may seem, the comb harmonica actually has a place in American music history, according to California State University at Northridge. In the 1920s, the comb harmonica was included in the limelight with a variety of other folk instruments, including jew's harp, violin, washboard, wood blocks, thimbles, washtub bass, banjo and mandolin.

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Things you need

  • Tissue paper or waxed paper
  • 4-inch plastic comb
  • Clear tape

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of tissue paper into a 3 inch by 4 inch piece. Alternatively, use waxed paper. The waxed paper will make a slightly different sound.

  2. 2

    Fold the tissue or waxed paper over the teeth of the 4-inch plastic comb. Secure the paper with a small piece of clear tape.

  3. 3

    Hold the hair comb harmonica to your lips and hum through the lips. Slide the comb back and forth to change the sound.

Tips and warnings

  • Teach children to play their favourite songs such as the happy birthday song or favourite Christmas carols on the hair comb harmonica.
  • Hair comb harmonicas are appropriate for children age five and over. Don't give comb harmonicas to younger children, who may choke on the paper.

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