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by Brendan
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

Zero blow reed gap is the best for the tightest, cleanest sound on the draw reeds. Having a positive gap on the blow reeds allows some air to come in through their slots when you draw, reducing the purity/intensity of the draw reed tone and making the sound a bit more 'breathy'. However, if the chro...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

Hi Edvin - you wrote: " I've always found dimi chroms a bit awkward with a lot of quick button work, while the augy feels more relaxed by comparison." Try half-valving the Dimi. On a Dimi diatonic you can play all major and minor scales without a slider, just using bends, in only three positions: 1....
by Brendan
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Octatonic Tuning "1122" (Idea Kniri)

Thanks Kniri, looks interesting. By the way, you can input your tunings here in a way that comes out much better, so everything lines up nicely. Here are the instructions: https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=20 Here's how it looks with your1122 tuning: BLOW C D Gb Ab C D Gb Ab C ...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

That's cool using Diminished Tuning with all slide notes going up a major third. A simple way to look at it is two diatonic Dimi harps a third apart; in this case: SLIDE OUT = C Diminished: CD EbF F#G# AB CD SLIDE IN = E Diminished: EF# GA BbC C#D# EF# Quite aside from the nice things Edvin highligh...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Playing chords by pushing the slider half-way in! (Is this a thing?)

Cool idea Edvin! I don't think it has been a 'thing', but your insight could make it one 👍 Playing chromatically using draw bends on a sympathetic tuning (PowerChromatic, Diminished?) would reduce the need to make awkward jumps to get the sharps/flats, as you say. Observations, Suggestions: 1. Stric...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Notes from the Workshop
Replies: 4
Views: 788

Notes from the Workshop

Hi Friends, I know new product releases have been quieter of late, but that doesn't mean nothing's happening. Quite the contrary! I'm currently in a purple patch of workshop development where it feels as if many strands are coming together: a virtuous circle of improving skills, discovering new mate...
by Brendan
Wed Oct 23, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Introduce yourself
Replies: 52
Views: 33072

Re: Introduce yourself

Welcome Jazmaan, good to have you here! A harmonica friend of many years, always interested in new ideas and with plenty of your own!
by Brendan
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Introduce yourself
Replies: 52
Views: 33072

Re: Introduce yourself

Hi All, I've just been dipping into new members' introductions and re-reading earlier ones. What a diverse range of back stories and life/work skills we bring to this forum! Over the years I've found one of the best things about playing and designing harmonicas is that it's brought me into friendly ...
by Brendan
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 - Best harp I've played!
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: Lucky 13 - Best harp I've played!

Thanks for sharing your Lucky 13 feedback, Dylan. Comments like these make all the struggle with developing new harps and parts worthwhile :-)