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by EdvinW
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released
Replies: 9
Views: 1025

Re: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released

Regarding "phrase map" code (by Edvin) discussed above: Is there a thread or website where we can learn more about this? They are generated from code in a language called TikZ ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TikZ ) which I normally use to make figures for math publications. It is used within anothe...
by EdvinW
Fri Oct 02, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

The only thing I would do differently to put the blow note on the bottom. Since these are graphic representations of pitch, it seems to me more logical to have the lowest note in each hole at the bottom of the grid, with the pitch rising from blow through to drawbend and draw (see attached for an e...
by EdvinW
Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

I was testing it out in Hijaz scale today. As with any other scale, there are only three patterns required to play Hijaz in all 12 keys! I'll lay them out here shortly, in the form of Phrase Maps. I had a go at making some Phrase Maps as well, and I think they turned out rather pretty :) https://cl...
by EdvinW
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Thank you Brendan for your generous and detailed exposition of Hijaz scales on PowerBender! For 7th position play, the patterns for a Hijaz scale co inside for two octaves if you count a one step bend in holes 2 and 3 in a PowerBender the same as the bends in a PowerChromatic. At least I think the o...
by EdvinW
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Piro39 wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:42 pm
My diagram went out of alignment when I posted it. I hope it didn't create confusion.
Welcome to the forum! I sent you a private message on how to make your tuning align nicer, it should be visible if you log in :)
by EdvinW
Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

Another option would be to use a variation of Power-Crhomatic: G A C Eb G A C Eb G A C Eb A B D F# A B D F# A B D F# Brendan has used this for some recordings, at least his tune Sweet Bulgarity, and I remember him saying that he likes it for Balkan music as well. You could buy a Power-Chromatic Luck...
by EdvinW
Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

If you want to avoid overblows altogether, there are only two keys of powerbender that play a full Hijaz scale: F and Ab. (Edit: I messed up the keys. Should be correct now!) Doing it on an F harp is absolutely possible, but I'm not sure I would like it on a standard PB. In the lowest octave the sca...
by EdvinW
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

I threw together some noodling in the Hijaz scale. The sound quality leaves a bit to wish for, but in an attempt to improve from my general reluctance to share recordings I resist the temptation of trying to record it again tomorrow (as I would likely just end up putting it off indefinitely...) http...
by EdvinW
Sun Sep 27, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Balkan tunes and tuning
Replies: 30
Views: 3043

Re: Balkan tunes and tuning

I’m getting interested in Balkan tunes which use the “Hijaz” mode/scale in D: D Eb F# G A Bb C D. Its not quite a diminished scale. I could play this on chromatic but are there any other altered tunings of harmonicas that might make it possible on diatonic? Also, any recommend recordings of someone...
by EdvinW
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: 1 Draw on Low EastTop Powerbenders
Replies: 5
Views: 683

Re: 1 Draw on Low EastTop Powerbenders

Incidentally, I re-tuned a couple of Powerbenders to raise the blow 3 by a whole step, like the Paddy Richters/Melody Makers are. Not sure whether to christen the result a PaddyPower, PowerPaddy, or Melody Bender! In any case, it's nice for tunes in 2nd position with a lot of held 2nd notes (though...