Blues tuning for 10-hole harp--now with DIAGRAM

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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Blues tuning for 10-hole harp--now with DIAGRAM

Post by IaNerd » Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:22 pm

NAME: I call this "Byrnes 10-Hole Blues" tuning.

BASIC CONCEPT: Rethink Richter-Diatonic, to make blues more playable with without the use of so many partial draw bends, overblows, etc.

WHEN/HOW: June of 2017, through Seydel's Configurator. This was a Noble Classic Low, as the first note is C3.



Notes of the Minor Hexatonic Blues Scale in G: G — A#/Bb — C — C#/Db — D — F — G.

Chords in this setup:

I Gmaj yes (x2), one with 7th
ii Amin no
iii Bmin yes, partial
IV Cmaj yes (x3)
V Dmaj no
vi Emin no
vii F#dim no
Also: Gmin, Bbmaj, C#min (partial), Dmin (partial, x2)


The first five channels are Standard Richter. For the life if me, I could not find any way to make that any "better".

Channels 6-10 represent a new thinking, whereby all of the Minor Hexatonic Blues Scale notes (see above) are accessible as unbent blows and draws. The blow notes in channels 6, 7 and 10 were chosen not to BE PLAYED, but rather to make the DRAW-BENDS of those channels complement the unbent blues scale notes. Note that in the high half of the harp there are a number of enharmonic relationships between bend and unbent notes of the blues scale.

As a variation on this theme, the top five channels of this setup can be dropped into channels 1-5 or 2-6 of a six-hole harp (e.g. Big Six).

I am too shy to post my own sound or video. However, if someone with more chops than me (= pretty much everybody) wants to give it a try, pm me.
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