"FiG Bob CuD" Neck Rack tuning for 12-hole harp

Anything apart from the two mainstream default harmonicas (Solo-tuned fully-valved chromatic, and un-valved Richter 10-hole diatonic). Alternate tunings, different construction, new functionality, interesting old designs, wishful-thinking... whatever!
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"FiG Bob CuD" Neck Rack tuning for 12-hole harp

Post by IaNerd » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:53 pm

NAME: "FiG Bob CuD" Neck Rack tuning for 12-hole harp


BASIC CONCEPT:
Recently I have felt the need for five particular chords in a lot of blues/pop/rock tunes. From low voicing to high, they are: bVII (in this example, Fmaj), I (Gmaj), bIII (Bbmaj), IV (Cmaj) and V (Dmaj). Each of these chords has the option of being played with or without a b7th.

This tuning is designed especially for folks who play harp in a neck rack. There are five FAT chordal zones. As far as chord-chugging goes, this tuning should be very forgiving of imprecise playing technique. The red brackets show where one draw note of the minor hexatonic blues scale can be bent down to the next lower blues scale note.


WHEN/HOW: February of 2018. I have not yet had one made.


LAYOUT/DETAILS:

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Re: "FiG Bob CuD" Neck Rack tuning for 12-hole harp

Post by IaNerd » Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:08 pm

The 5 blow and is shared between two chords: as a root for one chord and a perfect fifth for the other chord. Therefore, it can be tuned to ET and will sound good for both chords.

The same is true of the 5 draw.

None of the major third notes are shared; they can be tuned to ET -14 cents.

None of the septimal minor seventh notes are shared; they can be tuned to ET - 31 cents.

[I am not an expert tuner. Use these ideas at your own risk. If you are an expert, please feel free to comment.]

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