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"High Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:42 pm
by IaNerd
NAME: "HIgh Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

BASIC CONCEPT:
About a week ago I posted the first of what has now become a series of "High Octane" blues tunings.

These tunings are characterized by featuring AT LEAST following properties:
1. Three whole chords of a I - IV - V progression (my default for the I chord is Gmaj.
2. Three whole minor hexatonic blues scales of the same tonics (i.e. the G blues scale, the C blues scale and the D blues scale), playable without tricky bends or overblows.

The challenge for THIS version of "High Octane" is to accomplish all of those goals (plus a few more) within a 10-hole format.

This version features:
1. The I chord and its b7th.
2. The IV chord and its b7th.
3. The V chord and its b7th.
4. The minor hexatonic blues scale of the I chord (playable without tricky bends or overblows).
5. The minor hexatonic blues scale of the IV chord (playable without tricky bends or overblows).
6. The minor hexatonic blues scale of the V chord (playable without tricky bends or overblows).

A downside of this version is that it has very few tasty draw bends. That type of expressiveness has been sacrificed for the sake of having the full chords and the full blues scales crammed into ten holes.

WHEN/HOW: October of 2017. I have not yet had one made.

LAYOUT/DETAILS:


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Re: "High Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:44 pm
by IaNerd
If the post just above this one shows the Gen 1 of "High Octane blues, 10-hole version", then the following diagram shows Gen 2.


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Re: "High Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:44 pm
by IaNerd
Gen 3 (below) takes a very different approach.

Of these 10-hole versions, which would you choose? Why?


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Re: "High Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:23 pm
by IaNerd
Gen 4 takes yet another approach ---putting the V chord in the draw layer.

As far as 10-hole versions go, this (imo) is easily the best so far.

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Re: "High Octane" blues tuning for 10-hole harp

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:36 pm
by IaNerd
Regarding "Gen 4" (above) ....

Now imagine adding three additional channels of "Low Richter" a la the Steve Baker Special or Lucky 13, and this becomes a monster 13-hole tuning! See this diagrammed in a topic called "Extra High Octane" blues tuning for 13-hole harp.