Regular Scottish Tuning

Anything apart from the two mainstream default harmonicas (Solo-tuned fully-valved chromatic, and un-valved Richter 10-hole diatonic). Alternate tunings, different construction, new functionality, interesting old designs, wishful-thinking... whatever!
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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by IaNerd » Wed Dec 25, 2019 11:27 am

Here is a re-tuning scheme to transition any key of Solo/Orchestra to Inverted Bebop in a key which is two semitones higher: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=612&start=10#p2813

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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by Brendan » Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:00 am

Thanks for chiming in Ron. A few queries if you don't mind:

What inspired your Scottish Tuning?
When did you devise it?
Have you used it already, or will this be the first time it actually made in a harmonica?

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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by CrawfordEs » Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:12 pm

I guess I’m still seeing them as something different.
From my point of view (maybe I’m wrong)
With inverted bebop every blow is higher than the preceding draw, and every draw is higher than the corresponding blow note in the same hole.

The regular Scottish seems to break that pattern with one draw note being a higher pitch than the next blow.

Either way they (it) seem like a nice tuning that I may be tempted to try on a spare harmonica.
In some ways similar to melody maker, but better.

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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by IaNerd » Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:22 pm

Ken: Is my post of Wed Dec 25, 2019 6:27 am (above) a solution to your need?

The Tombo #3624 School/Solo-tuned Tremolo could be re-tuned to three full octaves of Inverted Bebop. I have a 3624 but have not re-tuned it (yet). It's a nice tremolo harp and a good choice for someone who is already accustomed to Solo.

See also the Hohner Tremolo Soloist. This C/G solo double-tremolo harp could be re-tuned to D/A Inverted Bebop.

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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by IaNerd » Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:35 pm

Ken: I re-tune my own harps with varied success but lack the mastery to customize for others. Tell us your general location and Brendan or others could recommend capable customers in your area.

Also be aware that Brendan's own Lucky 13 model is available in Solo tuning, and is therefore another good candidate for re-tuning to Inverted Bebop. Also the Hohner 364S.

As for your Quebecois repertoire, I have no idea. If you specify the key and mode combinations, others and I could steer you to the best re-tuning strategies to try.

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Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Post by IaNerd » Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:41 pm

On the harp forums you read a lot from Gary L. under his anagrammic handle, Gnarly He Man. His work is well regarded.

The basic re-tuning formula: A solo-tuned instrument changed to Inverted Bebop raises its "base" key by two semitones. Therefore:
Solo G becomes Inverted Bebop A
Solo A becomes Inverted Bebop B
Solo Bb becomes Inverted Bebop C
Solo C becomes Inverted Bebop D (this one was tried and reviewed by Brendan Power)
Solo D becomes Inverted Bebop E
etc.

Also remember that any Inverted Bebop "base" key" can also be played without bends or the slider in another major key which is five semitones higher than the base. The breath pattern, however, is different. Therefore:
Base C and also F
Base D and also G
Base E and also A
etc.

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