UdovisDevoh wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:27 pm
Very interesting, however it seems that people at Suzuki are selling some other kind of tuning. Their C natural minor tuning has both G and G# on the same harp. It could be some kind of Dorian+Aeolian equivalent of Lydian+Ionian "Country Tuning".
Their natural minor (CNm) is just the tuning you described in your first post, and the other one (Cm) is what other brands would call a harmonic minor harp.
It is "strange", though you might also use the word "wrong" depending on your views on music theory. What they write as a g sharp is actually an a flat! I know Seydel annotate notes in the same way, and I always find it annoying.
In a C scale you have 7 notes, 'c', 'd', 'e', 'f', 'g', 'a' and 'b', and by sharpening or lowering some of these notes you change the mode of the scale. To make a natural minor scale from a major scale, you flatten the third, the sixth and the seventh, so that every 'e', 'a' and 'b' are played one half step below where it usually is. We denote this by putting a small superscript 'b' after the note. In text like this without such fancy annotation capabilities, the Cm scale thus contains 'c', 'd', 'eb', 'f', 'g', 'ab' and 'bb'. In equal temperament, however, a 'g#' and a 'ab' sound the same, so I suppose Suzuki think it's simpler to just use one symbol all the time.
Before the following paragraph, I realize a rant warning is due: no more constructive input will follow. Read on if you want, but be warned
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and there might be a good case for writing like this, but I find it much harder to read. I'm sure the people working at Suzuki are very competent, and I absolutely do not want to imply otherwise, but every time I see notation like this my first thought is that it looks like a mistake or something written by some underpayed summer intern. To me, this chart is saying "In this scale you never play an 'a', but sometimes your 'g's should be raised a half step!". In my opinion this is not an intuitive way to think of the scale, and I don't see why anyone would make a chart in this way. I consider Suzuki a rational manufacturer, making intuitive and pedagogically reasonable instruments, like the first position natural minor harp we've been discussing, but this is too rational for my taste. I understand that Seydel use this notation in their configuratior, to keep note names short, but this is just about the only use I see for this kind of notation.
*End of rant*