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by EdvinW
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Re-tuning a Kongsheng Baby Fat to Harmonic Minor
Replies: 4
Views: 513

Re: Re-tuning a Kongsheng Baby Fat to Harmonic Minor

Of course it depends on what music you intend to play. I think I prefer your first options over the spiral, and out of those the version with a C at 7D, but it's not clear cut. Considering the spiral is lacking the C in the bottom octave, hole 1 feels a bit redundant. For melodies to go that far dow...
by EdvinW
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Tuning for Double Chromatic: Fully chromatic slide diatonic spiral with all the chords!
Replies: 3
Views: 542

Tuning for Double Chromatic: Fully chromatic slide diatonic spiral with all the chords!

A spiral tuned harp has all the standard triad chords in its key, three major chords and three minor chords. Thus, it covers the major chords of one quadrant of the circle of fifths plus their minor parallels, one fourth of all the common chords. The following tuning for Brendan Power's twin chromat...
by EdvinW
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Augmented Tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Augmented Tuning

WOW! I played the sound clips on the Eric Chafer page you linked, and ... just wow. I never thought of augmented as a tuning for high speed playing, but clearly it's possible. Do you have any idea why such a skilled player would quit? It makes you wonder how good he is with those other instruments ...
by EdvinW
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Notes from the Workshop
Replies: 6
Views: 2133

Re: Notes from the Workshop

... I don't want to say too much before anything is released , because unanticipated problems can always crop up and detail what seems a dead cert. But the improved harps I've been creating include the TwinHarmonica series, both chromatic and diatonic based. ... Based on a new concept altogether, m...
by EdvinW
Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

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

I've played around with diminished and augmented on my midiharp, but I never had either tuning in a chromatic reed harmonica. By the way, when you said above the the forths and fifths are the only equally tempered intervals that sound good to you, I think you miss the octave ;) I don't know if peopl...
by EdvinW
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

By the way: Are there any drawbacks to setting the blow reeds to a non-zero gap?
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 423

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

I tried an AsiaBend at HarpMeet and liked it, so I've been keeping an eye out to see when they'll be back in stock, so updates are nice:D
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

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

Nice to hear about your empirical results! A switch harp like the Irish Session are indeed already set up to try this. It would be nice to hear what other switch harp players think about this :) I know it's not easy to get the push just right, but I figured that's something one can learn. As you not...
by EdvinW
Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)
Replies: 3
Views: 958

Re: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)

There are two hexatonic blues scales in there, Eb and A, which are played with the exact same pattern. That's nice. The fifths bend down one half step, so I could imagine this tuning being good for blues as long as you stay in the hexatonic blues scale! The tonic is a bent note in both scales, which...
by EdvinW
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

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

Diminished! :o A diminished slide-harp will be chromatic for any slide interval that isn't already present as an interval between blow notes! (or draw notes) This seems a very interesting idea! For instance, with the major-third slide in my first post, you get the following. Blow: Slide in e g bb c#...