Tremolo octave range in single reed harmonica?

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Re: Tremolo octave range in single reed harmonica?

Post by CrawfordEs » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:26 pm

Check out the lucky 13 harmonicas in solo and power chromatic tunings.
I like the paddy Richter ones, but they are missing a note in the bottom octave.

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Re: Tremolo octave range in single reed harmonica?

Post by EdvinW » Tue Dec 24, 2019 11:38 pm

From what you describe, if you want one of Brendan's tunings with no missing notes in the low octave, it sounds like you're after a Lucky 13 in PowerChromatic tuning:

The PowerChromatic tuning has all the notes in the key you choose without bends, and all chromatic notes but one. This means that in theory you can play 5 complete major scales, and their relative minor keys, using bends. The instrument labelled G can play the major keys F, C, G, D and A and the one labelled D can play the major keys C, G, D, A and E.

If you're feeling a bit adventurous there are lots of other options as well. Why not check out the Inverted Bebop, first published in the thread viewtopic.php?f=9&t=612#p2619 and recently discussed further by Brendan under the name "Regular Scottish" tuning? It lets you play two different keys without bends, but because it's missing not only one but two chromatic notes it only lets you play in four keys compared to the five of PowerChromatic.

Either of the two tunings I've mentioned have two major chords and two minor chords, but related in different ways.

If you want one you can buy off the shelf you probably want a PowerChromatic. Could you tell us some more about what you're after? :)
Edvin Wedin

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