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by Brendan
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Augmented Tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Augmented Tuning

Yes, Eric Chafer is so talented! Great bass player (as I heard live), and trombone too, apparently! Quite a quirky character, I will try to find out what he's up to these days. Good to see Marcin carrying the torch for Augmented Tuning in fine style. He has several videos using it on YouTube - here ...
by Brendan
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Augmented Tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Augmented Tuning

This morning I was listening to Marcin Dyak playing in Augmented Tuning. He does it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOKuwijLheY Marcin is a fine player, but his description of himself as the "Worldwide Pioneer of the Augmented Harmonica" is not correct. AFAIK that was France's Eric Chafer, a b...
by Brendan
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Notes from the Workshop
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: Notes from the Workshop

Edvin wrote: "Will the new design be superior enough to allow a half valved twin chrom?". Definitely. As I go through the stages of developing an idea, prototype parts accumulate. When, as normally happens, I come up against a tough problem that inhibits further progress at present, or even appears ...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

Thanks for your interest. Investigating options, hope to have a new model in early new year. Interesting developments in the Switch-Harp zone also, similar time frame.
by Brendan
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 161

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

Zero blow reed gap is the best for the tightest, cleanest sound on the draw reeds. Having a positive gap on the blow reeds allows some air to come in through their slots when you draw, reducing the purity/intensity of the draw reed tone and making the sound a bit more 'breathy'. However, if the chro...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

Hi Edvin - you wrote: " I've always found dimi chroms a bit awkward with a lot of quick button work, while the augy feels more relaxed by comparison." Try half-valving the Dimi. On a Dimi diatonic you can play all major and minor scales without a slider, just using bends, in only three positions: 1....
by Brendan
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)
Replies: 3
Views: 507

Re: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)

Thanks Kniri, looks interesting. By the way, you can input your tunings here in a way that comes out much better, so everything lines up nicely. Here are the instructions: https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=20 Here's how it looks with your1122 tuning: BLOW C D Gb Ab C D Gb Ab C ...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

That's cool using Diminished Tuning with all slide notes going up a major third. A simple way to look at it is two diatonic Dimi harps a third apart; in this case: SLIDE OUT = C Diminished: CD EbF F#G# AB CD SLIDE IN = E Diminished: EF# GA BbC C#D# EF# Quite aside from the nice things Edvin highligh...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

Cool idea Edvin! I don't think it has been a 'thing', but your insight could make it one 👍 Playing chromatically using draw bends on a sympathetic tuning (PowerChromatic, Diminished?) would reduce the need to make awkward jumps to get the sharps/flats, as you say. Observations, Suggestions: 1. Stric...