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by Brendan
Sun Oct 17, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica

Actually... After doing more practice this morning, I'm not sure. At a slow speed the slide jab/jaw-flick combination is ok, but when the tempo goes up it's just not fast enough. After doing more detailed study of rolls in Irish music I've found that they are really better described as rhythmic even...
by Brendan
Sun Oct 17, 2021 6:32 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica

Further to my speculation above that rolls might work well on a standard slide harmonica if you combine a slider jab for the note above with a jaw flick to the left for the note below, there's one place in Solo Tuning where this makes good musical sense: holes 4 and 8. Here you have the sixth, seven...
by Brendan
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The All-Trills All-Bends Dimi (aka Edvin's newest curiosity tuning)
Replies: 7
Views: 75

Re: The All-Trills All-Bends Dimi (aka Edvin's newest curiosity tuning)

Good points Triona, and thanks for your encouragement. I am still intending to release those harps you mention, hopefully at least a couple by Christmas.
by Brendan
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica

I had a listen Edvin, but I don't think those are rolls. If you want to hear them played beautifully, listen to Mary Bergin. She is using rolls and other decorations constantly: https://youtu.be/w725fJV3VXg Listen at tempo, then choose the 0.5x speed option in the YouTube drop-down options. You will...
by Brendan
Sat Oct 16, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica

Thanks Triona. Yes I'd welcome more information about the Chordomonica II. I'm a bit puzzled about how it can give you up/down rolls around one note of a single breath, however. Since the number of reeds is not increased, is it really possible? For example, take a roll on the main note D in the key ...
by Brendan
Sat Oct 16, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Playing Rolls or Turns on Harmonica

I've been playing Irish tunes for a long time, and often been frustrated at the inability of the harmonica (with or without slider) to play one of the most common ornaments used by most instruments in the music: the Roll, or Turn. There are two versions, the Long Roll and the Short Roll. They both o...
by Brendan
Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The All-Trills All-Bends Dimi (aka Edvin's newest curiosity tuning)
Replies: 7
Views: 75

Re: The All-Trills All-Bends Dimi (aka Edvin's newest curiosity tuning)

The Double Chromatic does indeed offer some amazing possibilities, and this is one of them. To be half-valved for bending it would need to be very airtight, which is more challenging given the two sliders. But, assuming that's a given, it's interesting speculate on the many new options it opens up. ...
by Brendan
Tue Sep 28, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Request help with terminology
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Re: Request help with terminology

Personally I think of it as Case 2. I came up with the name "Inverted Solo Tuning" after discovering that I had it lurking in my Slide-Diatonic harmonicas all along - just slightly altered. Basically it's the same key scale, but with the breath directions reversed. Here's the version in key of C I u...
by Brendan
Sun Sep 19, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Diatonic tunings inspired by the Wedin Chromatic
Replies: 8
Views: 8364

Re: Diatonic tunings inspired by the Wedin Chromatic

Edvin (and/or David), a couple of questions about inputting tuning diagrams please: 1. How do you make yours so compact? I'm using the TAB input method. It lines things up well, but spaces out the cells too much. You have good registration in a more compact space, which is especially good for viewin...