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by EdvinW
Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Position/key/scale tables for Newton Fourkey tuning
Replies: 5
Views: 1801

Re: Position/key/scale tables for Newton Fourkey tuning

I put together a little table over which modes are available in which positions: Key on a C harp | C G D A E B F# Db Ab Eb Bb F Position | 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th ---------------------|----------------------------------------------------------------- Standard Major | X X X...
by EdvinW
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Position/key/scale tables for Newton Fourkey tuning
Replies: 5
Views: 1801

Re: Position/key/scale tables for Newton Fourkey tuning

(Everything said in this post assumes a C harmonica.) Each Fourkey harp also has, in addition to the mentioned modes, one melodic minor scale, namely the minor parallel to the lowest of the 4 major keys. For example, a harp labelled in C has a harmonic Am scale: a c d f g a b c# e f# g# b has the sc...
by EdvinW
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: List of tunings with five holes per octave
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: List of tunings with five holes per octave

The ones you mention are members of the class pentatonic tunings, discussed in this thread:
https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/vie ... ?f=9&t=249

Edit: You obviously were quicker than me here ;)
by EdvinW
Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:52 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: A family of new modded-Richter tunings
Replies: 92
Views: 40329

Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

It IS an interesting tuning, so I'm not surprised it's found again :) Something that hits me: Would it maybe be a good idea to make a FourKey half-valved? It IS boring to have important notes in the blow plate, but maybe some of the lack of expressiveness can be regained if valved bends become avail...
by EdvinW
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: A family of new modded-Richter tunings
Replies: 92
Views: 40329

Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

The first tuning is, if I'm not mistaken, the Newton FourKey tuning, and there is a good case for the first. The main reason is that if you would ever need the missing notes you could bend to get them. I know the whole point is to not have to bend, but in a choice between on the one hand a lot of no...
by EdvinW
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: TuneMaster harmonica
Replies: 22
Views: 6092

Re: TuneMaster harmonica

Would you unscrew the coverplate of a harp and retune any reeds with a screwdriver on stage in the middle of a concert like seen in the video? Why not? :) And it's not about unscrew any coverplates, they just pop off. The full process seems to take less than half a minute. I've seen guitar players ...
by EdvinW
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: TuneMaster harmonica
Replies: 22
Views: 6092

Re: TuneMaster harmonica

This looks nice! But it only works on the blow reads, right? It's really hard to see in the video, and I get t he feeling he is hiding the bottom reed plate. Still cool though, there's a lot you can do by only changing the blow reeds! Some ideas for Richter (in C say): Switch back and forth between ...
by EdvinW
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.
Replies: 19
Views: 4578

Re: First position natural minor custom tuning.

I use that custom harp mostly for Irish folk, Canadian folk, American folk, rock and pop, but it is suitable for many other songs with more minor than major chords. It is a very intuitive way of playing minor songs since it is played exactly like a Richter major harmonica, but with minor at the exa...
by EdvinW
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: First position aeolian natural minor custom tuning.
Replies: 19
Views: 4578

Re: First position natural minor custom tuning.

Hi and welcome! :) I have never seen or heard about anyone actually tuning a harp like this, and I can't remember giving it any serious thought. (I HAVE heard of people tuning 6 draw of a LO harmonic in the OTHER direction though ;) ) The main reason, I think, is that I have been playing Paddy Richt...
by EdvinW
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)
Replies: 6
Views: 2861

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

Of course, but it is certainly one that is already existing. It is ready to use. And there is no need of inventing new tunings, retuning instruments or building new ones first. Just get one and play. And I did not either understand the doublings (repetitions / redundants) in your layout examples yo...