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by Brendan
Fri May 22, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: PowerChromatic, Inverted Bebop, Diminished and all their relatives. A complete list!
Replies: 6
Views: 113

Re: PowerChromatic, Inverted Bebop, Diminished and all their relatives. A complete list!

Thanks Edvin! I love your combination of curiosity about harmonica tunings with a sophisticated analytical approach to researching and categorising them. It throws up interesting new layouts. Within your criteria (repeating scale, 4 hole period, draw always 2 semitones above the blow) you seem to ha...
by Brendan
Sat May 16, 2020 5:06 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: more records from Brendan
Replies: 1
Views: 1834

Re: more records from Brendan

Glad you like it Triona. It was fun playing with Anne-Marie, but a real challenge recording her harp. Trying to do drop-ins with an instrument that has so much sustain was very tricky!
by Brendan
Sat May 16, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi Sounds from a Standard Harmonica
Replies: 4
Views: 7562

Re: Midi Sounds from a Standard Harmonica

In this video I show how, with an iPad and a few free apps, wild and beautiful new Midi sounds can be triggered with your standard harmonica and microphone. It's easy, creative - and a lot of fun! https://youtu.be/jzltXmY0PLY You can shortcut your learning process by watching the full Teaching Versi...
by Brendan
Mon May 11, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerChromatic options?
Replies: 5
Views: 1767

Re: PowerChromatic options?

Nice one Paddy, PowerChromatic seems to work well for you :)
by Brendan
Mon May 11, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: 3d Printed Mouth Piece? Seydel Concerto Steel
Replies: 2
Views: 871

Re: 3d Printed Mouth Piece? Seydel Concerto Steel

I suggest talk to Seydel about it. I think any mouthpiece would be best in metal.
by Brendan
Fri May 08, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)
Replies: 15
Views: 5243

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

There are a lot of words in this thread and I must confess I haven't read all of them, just got the gist - so forgive me if this point has been covered already. You could use G harps and make any key or tuning from them - that would give you the desired range for your instruments. The only negative ...
by Brendan
Thu May 07, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: England meets Sweden
Replies: 1
Views: 971

Re: England meets Sweden

It's an excellent video! Will's tuning is nice, but it's not entirely new. He got in touch with me on Facebook in 2017, wanting to try my PowerDraw and Powerbender harps. I sent him a free one of each. He really liked them, but after a while wanted to change a few things in the middle octave. He lov...
by Brendan
Mon May 04, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: LOCKDOWN HARMONICA DUET with SANDY WELTMAN
Replies: 0
Views: 2184

LOCKDOWN HARMONICA DUET with SANDY WELTMAN

The Covid 19 home lockdown situation has led to many international musical collaborations, and this is one! Sandy and I have known of each other for many years, but never met in person. We started chatting online recently, and decided to put this piece together. Sandy did the arrangement and made th...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: AsiaBend harmonica
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

Re: AsiaBend harmonica

Of course!
by Brendan
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: AsiaBend harmonica
Replies: 4
Views: 1599

Re: AsiaBend harmonica

The AsiaBend is a demanding harmonica to make well, because it has a slider and no valves. These are both areas where air loss can occur, so there must be close tolerances everywhere else. It works best with embossing, to ensure clean tone and easy bends. I wasn't happy with the performance of the s...