Re: Pentatonic tunings
Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:04 pm
I show detailed diagrams of Pentabender, FourKey and many other tunings here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=91#p560
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The motivation for pentatonic tunings was to be able to play all chromatic notes with bends, but without overblowing.
oldstudent wrote: ↑Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:33 amThe motivation for pentatonic tunings was to be able to play all chromatic notes with bends, but without overblowing.
And the point of the discussion above is that we can have this in a little harmonica without a button.
Big chromatic harmonicas with buttons are nice too.
Since this is not a pentatonic tuning, further discussion might justify a new thread about this tuning. I'll happily discuss further if you start a new topic But I'll answer once here anyway.oldstudent wrote: ↑Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:06 amI have a friend who loves music from India and the Middle East, and he wanted a harmonica to play a favorite song which is in the E harmonic minor scale. I realized that we can design a tuning with just four holes per octave in which the blow and draw notes exactly form an E harmonic minor scale and all the other chromatic notes can be reached with draw bends. (To do this for a major scale or a natural minor scale would require five holes per octave, as I showed previously in this thread.) The .[blow][draw]. layout for a 10-hole harmonica with this bend-chromatic E-harmonic-minor tuning is:
The chromatic notes outside the E harmonic minor scale (F, Ab, Bb, C# and D) can all be reached by draw bends (C# being a deeper bend in the same hole with D). With just four holes per octave, this 10-hole harmonica as a range of 2.5 octaves.
Has anybody seen a tuning like this before?
The fourth of the scale (here A) appears enharmonically as both a draw and a blow note. If we wanted an extra unbent note, we could either lower the draw-A to Ab or raise the blow-A to Bb. Can anybody see any good musical reason to do one or the other?
I had Seydel make one of these, and my friend is very happy with it.