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by winslowyerxa
Mon May 16, 2022 6:19 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Exploring a "Spiral-Chromatic" concept. Is this new?
Replies: 15
Views: 1249

Re: Exploring a "Spiral-Chromatic" concept. Is this new?

On the spiral layout, essentially, you have all the diatonic "ladder of thirds" (triad, seventh, ninth, etc.) chords of the keys of C major and Db major. Which is a lot of chords, and far more than what you get in solo tuning. Many of them function in additional keys, but it's far from comprehensive...
by winslowyerxa
Mon May 16, 2022 6:09 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Exploring a "Spiral-Chromatic" concept. Is this new?
Replies: 15
Views: 1249

Re: Exploring a "Spiral-Chromatic" concept. Is this new?

Not a comment directly on any of the tunings mentioned in this thread. Rather, a comment on the way of diagramming them, which makes no logical sense. Why diagram the high notes *below* the low notes, and why put the second bank of *even higher* notes below that? This stupid way of representing note...
by winslowyerxa
Tue May 03, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Battery powered multi effects units
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: Battery powered multi effects units

I was wondering, Brendan. I remember you had a very compact one when you came visiting one time and you were running, I think an Ultimate 58 through it into the PA. That's what gave me the idea.
by winslowyerxa
Mon May 02, 2022 7:03 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Battery powered multi effects units
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Battery powered multi effects units

I have an RP unit with Richard Hunter's patch set, but it requires AC power. I'm thinking of acquiring something smaller and battery powered. I see the Korg Pandora Mini, which looks attractive, but I'm wondering what units others have been using, and what they have to say about them.
by winslowyerxa
Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Suggested re-tuning for the Hohner PentaHarp
Replies: 3
Views: 1244

Re: Suggested re-tuning for the Hohner PentaHarp

Re the bends on PentaHarp: I've considered half-valving (draw slots) the harp, partly to get rid of that annoying rattle on the Draw 2 caused by the Blow 2 chattering, but also to give a fuller sound on the blow notes and also make them bendable as single-reed bends. Doing that would, of course, req...
by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.
Replies: 19
Views: 17396

Re: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.

Suzuki natural minor tuning gives you a natural minor scale in first position. This is how they come from the factory in Japan, though for awhile the US service rep was re-tuning them to play Aeolian in second position instead, as this is what most players expect.
by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: "MAGIC HARPS" Specific Layouts?
Replies: 4
Views: 6755

Re: "MAGIC HARPS" Specific Layouts?

The Magic Harp patent details about 20 different Magic Harp tunings, but you have to learn how to read Dick and Pierre's diagrams (Richard Salwitz and Pierre Beauregard, the two inventors). Dates from about 1993 and can be found with a little digging on the USPTO website. Sorry if you found my descr...
by winslowyerxa
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Combination tremolo/octave tuning?
Replies: 5
Views: 5445

Re: Combination tremolo/octave tuning?

Some accordions have both a tremolo reed detuned slightly from the main reed (usually tuned higher) and reeds that play an octave lower or higher than the main reed (or both). Building a three-reed-per-note harmonica is a bit of a challenge, though, so the practical solution is to take an octave har...
by winslowyerxa
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger
Replies: 0
Views: 15748

Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger

I know, of topic, but worth mentioning: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger: https://www.spah.org/content.asp?contentid=100 Attending the annual SPAH harmonica convention lands you in the middle of a rich world of harmonica playing, jamming, performing, learning from the bes...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)
Replies: 13
Views: 14025

Re: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)

Having notes below the range of the fiddle does make sense so that you can get *below* the fiddle to accompany. I sometimes do this using a Low D. On chromatic, I have retuned a Low E chromatic so that it's in the key of B with F# as the lowest note. This way common keys plays as slide-in keys, whic...