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by EdvinW
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Overblows on chroms?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Overblows on chroms?

I was taking a chromatic apart just now to check on a buzzing in-side valve; I must have damaged it somehow last time I opened it, and it wouldn't lie flat. I couldn't bend it back, and since it was a fairly high note, a hole 10 A, I thought to try and just remove it to see how it would play. Valves...
by EdvinW
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Help on altered 12 solo tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: Help on altered 12 solo tuning

Welcome to the forum! I don't know if it's an established tuning, though I actually do have one harp tuned like that. I use it mainly for playing Am and Dm tunes. Though they are not the most common Irish keys they do show up now and then, and they are common in some other genera. I've not tried to ...
by EdvinW
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released
Replies: 15
Views: 4048

Re: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released

I sent an email to the enquiries address the other day, haven't heard back: I'm interested in a Lucky 13 harp in diminished tuning with gasket valve system. I don't see diminished as an option for tuning for the gasket system. How do I get that? Brendan said in the forum that there is a gasket with...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released
Replies: 15
Views: 4048

Re: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released

Regarding "phrase map" code (by Edvin) discussed above: Is there a thread or website where we can learn more about this? They are generated from code in a language called TikZ ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TikZ ) which I normally use to make figures for math publications. It is used within anothe...
by EdvinW
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

The only thing I would do differently to put the blow note on the bottom. Since these are graphic representations of pitch, it seems to me more logical to have the lowest note in each hole at the bottom of the grid, with the pitch rising from blow through to drawbend and draw (see attached for an e...
by EdvinW
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

I was testing it out in Hijaz scale today. As with any other scale, there are only three patterns required to play Hijaz in all 12 keys! I'll lay them out here shortly, in the form of Phrase Maps. I had a go at making some Phrase Maps as well, and I think they turned out rather pretty :) https://cl...
by EdvinW
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Thank you Brendan for your generous and detailed exposition of Hijaz scales on PowerBender! For 7th position play, the patterns for a Hijaz scale co inside for two octaves if you count a one step bend in holes 2 and 3 in a PowerBender the same as the bends in a PowerChromatic. At least I think the o...
by EdvinW
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Piro39 wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:42 pm
My diagram went out of alignment when I posted it. I hope it didn't create confusion.
Welcome to the forum! I sent you a private message on how to make your tuning align nicer, it should be visible if you log in :)
by EdvinW
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Another option would be to use a variation of Power-Crhomatic: G A C Eb G A C Eb G A C Eb A B D F# A B D F# A B D F# Brendan has used this for some recordings, at least his tune Sweet Bulgarity, and I remember him saying that he likes it for Balkan music as well. You could buy a Power-Chromatic Luck...
by EdvinW
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 28
Views: 6563

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

If you want to avoid overblows altogether, there are only two keys of powerbender that play a full Hijaz scale: F and Ab. (Edit: I messed up the keys. Should be correct now!) Doing it on an F harp is absolutely possible, but I'm not sure I would like it on a standard PB. In the lowest octave the sca...