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by Brendan
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response
Replies: 5
Views: 123

Re: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response

For the lower 2/3 of the reed you should do standard embossing. It's not possible to use the nail art pen further down as the reed is flexible; it will slide underneath the tip of the tool. Anyway embossing the lower 2/3 in the conventional way is easy and effective, so there is no need to do anythi...
by Brendan
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response
Replies: 5
Views: 123

New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response

Here's a video to accompany an upcoming article in the UK Harmonica World magazine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQP6tZRXbTU
by Brendan
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 18
Views: 4196

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Thanks oldstudent. Do you have any musical examples of your tunings in action? That would be nice to hear :)
by Brendan
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica
Replies: 15
Views: 477

Re: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica

Well said rishio. Just three harps, huh? You win hands down on that count, without a doubt! And what you say about delving deep into just one tuning makes good sense - it's certainly worked for Howard Levy.

I look forward to hearing some tracks from you when you're ready to share :-)
by Brendan
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica
Replies: 15
Views: 477

Re: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica

This is an interesting discussion, but with music, words only go part of the way - musical examples can be more viscerally effective in making a point. As noted earlier, I like to use several harmonica tunings/types and choose between them depending on their effectiveness in different situations or ...
by Brendan
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica
Replies: 15
Views: 477

Re: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica

Thanks Rishio for your in-depth comparison of the two tunings, ED/PaddyExtended and PowerBender. As stated elsewhere I have explored both going back quite a few years, and and have recorded albums with each. As with all harmonica tunings, they each have their pluses and minuses. You make some good l...
by Brendan
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Notation Software with Harmonica Plugins - Recommendations wanted
Replies: 8
Views: 931

Re: Notation Software with Harmonica Plugins - Recommendations wanted

I think harple might be inquiring about the notation software rather than the pdf conversion per se? Assuming so, here is the process I used. Since I don't read music, I wanted to input the score by simply playing - rather than laboriously dropping in notes one by one with a mouse, as I've had to do...
by Brendan
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Irish music book cover??
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Irish music book cover??

Book of drills, as in practice routines... Ha! I hadn't ever thought of that, but it works :)
by Brendan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Irish music book cover??
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Irish music book cover??

Just for fun... It made a striking picture.

A subliminal message could be that playing a harmonica is not as easy as it first seems, it's a sharp and rocky road at times. But that's in the eye of the beholder - I'd be interested in your initial spontaneous impression :-)