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by Brendan
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Melodically and harmonically versatile slide (or slide-diatonic) tuning
Replies: 7
Views: 187

Re: Melodically and harmonically versatile slide (or slide-diatonic) tuning

Yes, the possibilities are endless if you think of a slide harmonica not as a Chromatic but as essentially a Slide-Diatonic. The slide notes can be configured in so many useful ways to add cool extra functionality, regardless of the base Slide-Out tuning. You show some good options with the hexatoni...
by Brendan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Question about Easy 3rd / Do it!
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: Question about Easy 3rd / Do it!

Rick Epping has been playing Irish music to a high level on the standard Easy Third Tuning for many decades. He uses tongue blocking with chord vamping and octaves to get a very full sound. Joel Andersson has adopted Rick's style and extended it further with tongue-switching. It's great for their st...
by Brendan
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Another beginner question
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Another beginner question

Good question. If you listen closely to accomplished Irish trad players, you'll hear they vary the melody every time around. Some do it more or take it further than others. These variations are not full-blown improvisation because the underlying melody is still the basis of the playing, but they do ...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 250

Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Thanks for chiming in Ron. A few queries if you don't mind:

What inspired your Scottish Tuning?
When did you devise it?
Have you used it already, or will this be the first time it actually made in a harmonica?

Bp
by Brendan
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 250

Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

I agree Edvin, they are exactly the same tuning starting in a different place in the scale. You can go this with other tunings that repeat as you say, like Solo, PowerChromatic etc. It's interesting that Ron Taylor developed his scale independently of Patrick, and it came to me a short time after In...
by Brendan
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 250

Regular Scottish Tuning

I recently received a request from a customer in Scotland, Ron Taylor, to retune a Lucky 13 to what he called "Scottish Tuning". This is his creation apparently, and allows him to play in D major as well as A major and A Mixolydian without bends. A Mixolydian is used a lot in Scottish folk music. Ch...
by Brendan
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: intentional windsaver blocking
Replies: 1
Views: 550

Re: intentional windsaver blocking

Hmmm... Doing that is cutting out a whole bunch of reeds from sounding! Not recommended. The windsavers block and un-block themselves advantageously in response to your breath. The idea is that they block the air through the non-sounding reed slot so the sounding reed has a purer sound and better re...
by Brendan
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: I / IV Melody Mix
Replies: 15
Views: 2792

Re: I / IV Melody Mix

Thanks for these alternate Lucky 13 tunings Patrick. More reeds = more tuning fun :-)
by Brendan
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Brendan Power Accordeon Reed Harmonica - DIY - Advise needed
Replies: 5
Views: 590

Re: Brendan Power Accordeon Reed Harmonica - DIY - Advise needed

That's not something I can answer with sure knowledge - comb chamber size is one of the parameters I'm still experimenting with. However you could use a standard accordion wooden comb as a guide, because you know that it will definitely work well. Buy yourself an old junked accordion and you'll have...
by Brendan
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps
Replies: 20
Views: 4587

Re: Shifted/Inverted Bebop tuning for non-slide AND SLIDE harps

I did a short video test of a slider chromatic version of Patrick's Inverted Bebop Tuning. Using the Kongsheng Lyra he kindly donated for the test, I tuned it from Solo C to Inverted Bebop D/G, which is not a big change in terms of notes. Here's the scale: SLIDE OUT CD EF# GA BC# CD EF# GA BC# CD EF...