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by Brendan
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: SWAM Apps in the iPad: Amazing Realism
Replies: 0
Views: 4

SWAM Apps in the iPad: Amazing Realism

I've long been an admirer and advocate of the brilliant Lekholm DM48 Midi Harmonica. My preferred interface is the iPad, for it's user-friendly interface, small size, and low cost of using large numbers of excellent synth apps to play through. Recently things have got even better with that combinati...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Jim Antaki's TurboSlide Harmonica
Replies: 0
Views: 4

Jim Antaki's TurboSlide Harmonica

Jim Antaki's excellent but under-appreciated TurboSlide Harmonica has so much to offer harp players! In this video, I show how it can transform the sound of your licks if you swap stiff, unresponsive blow notes for sexy draw bends instead.

https://youtu.be/g00MPhfP4r0
by Brendan
Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HARMONICA TUNING DIAGRAMS = An Alternative Approach
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: HARMONICA TUNING DIAGRAMS = An Alternative Approach

Good to see a few other like this pitch-based graphical interface for the harmonica. However, it could go further, to be more widely applicable to all keys. Personally, I don't think about the names of notes at all - I think numbers of the scale. Thus on a C harp, instead of CD - EG - GB - CD for th...
by Brendan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:42 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HARMONICA TUNING DIAGRAMS = An Alternative Approach
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

HARMONICA TUNING DIAGRAMS = An Alternative Approach

I was chatting with IaNerd on another thread about how to depict tuning diagrams, and it got me thinking... I mentioned my preference for having the notes laid out according to their pitch, rather than how they are fixed to the reedplates inside the harp: Low notes on the bottom row, High notes on t...
by Brendan
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Bend-less scale diagrams for Solo and PowerChromatic Lucky 13 in four modes and three keys
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Bend-less scale diagrams for Solo and PowerChromatic Lucky 13 in four modes and three keys

Fair enough - the standard tuning diagram based on harp construction is definitely the one used by most. And by me too, most of the time! It's the correct one for showing exactly where each note is being sounded inside the harmonica, for sure. It's only as a memory aid on appropriate regular-breath ...
by Brendan
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Bend-less scale diagrams for Solo and PowerChromatic Lucky 13 in four modes and three keys
Replies: 4
Views: 623

Re: Bend-less scale diagrams for Solo and PowerChromatic Lucky 13 in four modes and three keys

I admire your steadfast dedication to mapping tunings, Patrick! They are useful ways to visualise scale layouts. Personally, if I'm wanting to show in graphic form the shape of a phrase or scale, and the harp tuning has a regular pattern of blow notes being always lower than draws in each hole, I pr...
by Brendan
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows

Ah... Good analysis. Similar to what I showed here a long time ago (from 4:50): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPcxPZGBwQg&t=6s So are you saying he's basically dropped the blow even further, and is simply doing the in-between bends with embouchure control? If that's so, as you say, it's not really...
by Brendan
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows

Good questions... There are some visual differences. The Antaki Tuboslide passes a small magnet above the middle of the blow reed to get a specific blow bend (one semitone normally). The lowered blow allows an extra semitone of draw bend as well. Osumi's magnet is larger, static, and attached to the...
by Brendan
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows

Good questions... There are some visual differences. The Antaki Tuboslide passes a small magnet above the middle of the blow reed to get a specific blow bend (one semitone normally). The lowered blow allows an extra semitone of draw bend as well. Osumi's magnet is larger, static, and attached to the...
by Brendan
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows
Replies: 7
Views: 778

THE OSUMI EFFECT - Extra Bends and Overblows

Kan Osumi is a young Japanese harp customiser who recently came up with an interesting new way to get a much wider range of notes from a single hole in a diatonic harmonica. He demonstrates it here: https://www.facebook.com/705774160/videos/pcb.10158830992609161/10158830991804161 Pretty impressive, ...