Chromatic Harmonica for Indian Classical Raaga

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mctxp
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Chromatic Harmonica for Indian Classical Raaga

Post by mctxp » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:27 am

Hi Branden and all,
Do you carry or can make Harmonica for Indian Classical Raaga? Please let me know.
Thanks
RN

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Re: Chromatic Harmonica for Indian Classical Raaga

Post by Felix » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:20 pm

Do you know about the Raga fantasy of Levy played on a richtertuned C diatonic?
And give the asiaband from brendan a try for that?
i think the real comiplicate part would be to emulate the sound from the resonating strings from a sita?
http://www.levyland.com/outofthebox/RagaFantasy1-07.pdf
http://www.levyland.com/outofthebox/RagaFantasy2-07.pdf
http://www.levyland.com/outofthebox/

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Re: Chromatic Harmonica for Indian Classical Raaga

Post by Brendan » Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:11 pm

Hi RN,

I have thought about this a lot, because I love Indian classical music. Conventional harmonicas can't do all the bends (meends) that Indian singers and instrumentalists use. I created one that I think can do better, called the AsiaBend, but I would love your honest opinion. As a test I played some famous Bollywood tunes on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGJEE46nKk

It's an unusual harmonica, all draw (no blow notes). And you need to know how to bend well to use it. This is how it works:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWpeIwjCvoM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG2Ug_ao8mk&t=12s

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