Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

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Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

Post by IaNerd » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:51 pm

Compare the tuning at the beginning of this Topic with this one:

https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/vie ... 2642#p2642

Note that the only difference is in the blow note that shares a hole with the draw note tonic. One solution gives more scales, while the other gives more useful chords.

This calls to mind those recently developed magnet-based mechanisms for altering the pitch of specific reeds.
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Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

Post by IaNerd » Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:12 pm

Note: On a 12-hole slide chromatic harp, the final tonic C is there with the push of a button. Also, the 2 blow slide-in could raise the C to a D in order to complete the lowest Cmaj octave.

CORRECTION: This tuning also has multiple ii chords.

ADDENDUM: I now see that, with the slide in, it is possible to additionally have V and vi chords in the lowest octave.

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Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

Post by IaNerd » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:40 pm

The tuning just above here was designed with diatonic scales in mind. However, with the I (Cmaj) and IV (Fmaj) chords, a first position minor hexatonic blues scale of C - Eb - F - Gb - G - Bb - C looks quite feasible.

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Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

Post by IaNerd » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:19 pm

In the tuning of Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:12 am (above), the first major diatonic octave begins a little bit differently than do the higher octaves.

Here is a different approach to getting a IV chord at the front of Inverted Bebop tuning in an economical way. The advantage here is that all the major diatonic octaves share an identical breath pattern; there are no special cases. A peculiarity of this tuning, though, is that the first three chambers have an inverted breath pattern, which makes simple draw bends in those chambers impossible.

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Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

Post by IaNerd » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:48 pm

Here is a variation on the theme just above. This one has a consistently normal breath pattern throughout.

This tuning would be good for 7-hole, 12-hole, 13-hole, 14-hole and 16-hole harps. Not so good for 6-hole and 10-hole harps.

Note that the first three chambers contain I and IV chords--just where one would be accustomed to having them in standard Richter tuning. They are however inversions of those otherwise familiar chords.

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