If you are buying a harp to go with the book, please select the key of A.
You will receive a download link with all tracks as MP3 files. The book comes as a physical copy only.
All harmonicas in the book package are in the key of A.
There is one small exception, which I’ve incorporated in the models we sell since the videos above were made. In holes 3, 7 and 11, the draw slide note raises to the tonic note of the scale instead of the 7th. I’ve found in practice that this works better, for various reasons:
Mark 2 video:
Mark 1 video:
Along with Paddy Richter tuning, I also invented half-valving on the harmonica (there is more detailed info on both further down the page). Half-valving really helps on harps used for Irish music, because it makes the important blow notes play louder, sweeter and with more soul.
Paddy Richter tuning only has one note different to standard Richter, but what a difference
that small change makes! On a normal harp, hole two draw and three blow are the same note.
I took advantage of that duplication to raise three blow by a tone to get the
missing note you normally have to obtain via a tricky draw bend. On a G harp it would raise the D in hole three to E: