Paddy Richter to replace Standard Richter?
Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:39 pm
I've been playing for about 4 months, but have gotten a lot better than I predicted in that time which is probably due to this being the fourth instrument I've played. The one thing I keep pondering is why not just play paddy richter tuned harmonicas exclusively instead of standard richter? I don't play a lot of blues, playing mostly classic country, red dirt country, classic rock, bluegrass and folk. I can hit the 3 draw whole step bend easy enough but it feels out of sequence and I can't hit it reliably clean when playing at any sort of speed. I have two paddy richters and when I play them in second position I can pretty much improv any song by ear so it sounds very close to the melody. I can't seem to get that down with standard richter because of the 3D whole step. I know you basically lose the 3-6 blow octave for the 1 chord, and the low 1 chord needs to be played as an abbreviated 1-2 blow or 4-5-6 blow, but that doesn't make that much of a difference and you pick up the 2 minor chord on 3-4-5 blow. (I do chord a lot to keep rhythm) I guess my question is whether or not there is any reason to not just switch over to paddy richter completely? It seems like the better tuning, but I'm still pretty new and don't want to make a move I'll regret. Is it better to stick with standard richter and just play and play and play until it becomes a natural note? Thought the best person to ask might be the guy who invented the tuning