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by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.
Replies: 19
Views: 5106

Re: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.

Suzuki natural minor tuning gives you a natural minor scale in first position. This is how they come from the factory in Japan, though for awhile the US service rep was re-tuning them to play Aeolian in second position instead, as this is what most players expect.
by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: "MAGIC HARPS" Specific Layouts?
Replies: 4
Views: 1629

Re: "MAGIC HARPS" Specific Layouts?

The Magic Harp patent details about 20 different Magic Harp tunings, but you have to learn how to read Dick and Pierre's diagrams (Richard Salwitz and Pierre Beauregard, the two inventors). Dates from about 1993 and can be found with a little digging on the USPTO website. Sorry if you found my descr...
by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Combination tremolo/octave tuning?
Replies: 5
Views: 1050

Re: Combination tremolo/octave tuning?

Some accordions have both a tremolo reed detuned slightly from the main reed (usually tuned higher) and reeds that play an octave lower or higher than the main reed (or both). Building a three-reed-per-note harmonica is a bit of a challenge, though, so the practical solution is to take an octave har...
by winslowyerxa
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger
Replies: 0
Views: 1346

Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger

I know, of topic, but worth mentioning: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger: https://www.spah.org/content.asp?contentid=100 Attending the annual SPAH harmonica convention lands you in the middle of a rich world of harmonica playing, jamming, performing, learning from the bes...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)
Replies: 6
Views: 3032

Re: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)

Having notes below the range of the fiddle does make sense so that you can get *below* the fiddle to accompany. I sometimes do this using a Low D. On chromatic, I have retuned a Low E chromatic so that it's in the key of B with F# as the lowest note. This way common keys plays as slide-in keys, whic...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 12594

Re: Pentatonic tunings

As long as we're talking about pentatonic tunings, without trying to accomplish anything other than a pentatonic scale, there's the Magic Harp tuning that Pierre Beauregard and Rickard Salwitz patented back in 1993: EG. AC. DE. GA. CD. EG. AC. DE. GA. CD. This achieves the objective of having the dr...
by winslowyerxa
Fri May 18, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Who deserves a SPAH harmonica award in 2018?
Replies: 0
Views: 2952

Who deserves a SPAH harmonica award in 2018?

SPAH 2018 awards - honoring the best harmonica players, teachers, and community members! Every year SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, bestows three awards on deserving recipients. If you’re a SPAH member, you can nominate candidates for any and all of these awa...
by winslowyerxa
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 5826

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

This is a variation on spiral tuning, except that the spiral doesn't start until Hole 4.
by winslowyerxa
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?
Replies: 6
Views: 4772

Re: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?

For me, half valving makes tone inconsistent between valved and non-valved reeds. So for me, a half-valved chromatic would only come into play when the sound of dual-reed bends is more important than consistent tonal quality. Which for me is rare; I can bend farther on a valved reed than on dual-ree...
by winslowyerxa
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 9175

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

I see ramps - those raised floors on the chambers On higher pitches, a large chamber can drag pitch down if its resonant frequency is lower than that of the reed. Ramps also reduce the air required to fill the chamber before it starts moving the reed, allowing for quicker response and less breath re...