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by karl.nilsson
Thu May 31, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic harmonica
Replies: 13
Views: 2039

Re: Pentatonic harmonica

If I ever get confused with transposition between keys (happens every once in a while), I just print out the following image (because I lost the paper from last time I used it) and cut along the dotted line. Then I move the upper part relative to the lower and it comes out quite clear: transpose.png...
by karl.nilsson
Tue May 15, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: Spanish tuning

Brendan wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 7:29 am
This tuning lends itself to lots of nice bending, an essential part of any good harmonica tuning I think.
Indeed, all twelve semi-tones per octave are available as either regular blows or draws (6/octave) or as draw-bends (6/octave), and with a consistent pattern through the 3 octaves!
by karl.nilsson
Mon May 14, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: Spanish tuning

Been reading up on the Spanish tuning. It seems it is based on the Spanish Gypsy scale, a.k.a. the Phrygian dominant scale. Other names are the Jewish scale, or Spanish Phrygian scale. That is, the six notes on the harp that form the two chords E - G# - B and F - A - C, respectively, has a missing n...
by karl.nilsson
Sun May 13, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: Spanish tuning

That's great to hear, Triona!

Hope to hear about what your guitarist friend has to say about the Spanish tuning and its possible uses in different music traditions!

Cheers,
Karl
by karl.nilsson
Sat May 12, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 1305

Re: Spanish tuning

Hi Triona, I've never tried the Spanish tuned harmonica, but looking at your questions, I can confirm that your first 2 question could be answered by "Yes" in both cases. The diagrams below seem to be all correct, only that "B" and "Bb" are confused in one place (A/Bb tuning), which I suppose is due...
by karl.nilsson
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

I just felt I needed to present clearer diagrams of some ideas, and also compare to other existing designs. So here are diagrams of standard tunings (and the chords that go with them) such as Richter, Paddy Richter, Melody Maker and some variations with circular tunings in different keys. Might give...
by karl.nilsson
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

I was thinking of this "reversed" circular tuning suggested by IaNerd, that is having the basic layout of a C harp, but retuning F to F#, thereby converting it to a G harp, with the tonic chord at draw holes 1-4, typical for 2nd position playing, so I started to configure the chord layout. It came o...
by karl.nilsson
Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

I've been thinking about that actually, and I would change both F's to F#, which would turn the key of the whole scale from C to G major. The chords would be: G major (I), a minor (ii), b minor (iii), C major (IV), D major (V), e minor (vi) and finally the dreadful f# dim (vii). It's like the Melody...
by karl.nilsson
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

Hi Kniri!

Interesting table you have there. Very good for chords playing. That table is a bit hard to read though, due to formatting, so I took the liberty to paste the text in a text editor, and take a screenshot. Here you go:

kniri 221.png
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by karl.nilsson
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 2211

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

As stated, this tuning, that could be called ladder of thirds, circle of thirds, spiral tuning, circular tuning, etc., is not new as I suspected from the beginning. It comes all natural, of course. However, I'd like to expand a bit on the fine-tuning for intonation. This paragraph is pretty basic fo...