Re-tuning from PowerChromatic to "inverted" Natural Minor

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-tuning from PowerChromatic to "inverted" Natural Minor

Post by IaNerd » Thu Sep 02, 2021 6:35 pm

Contributor Lucho showed here: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=818 that PowerChromatic can very easily be re-tuned to a Natural Minor scale.

For those who like their harps to be "inverted" (à la Dick Fosbury), here is another way to go from PowerChromatic to Natural Minor:

ADDENDUM Sept. 29, 2021: There is a minor pentatonic blues scale in the second position (i.e. starting at F#). There is a minor hexatonic blues scale in the twelfth position (starting at E). The relative major scale (starting at D) is there but has an irregular/awkward blow-draw pattern.

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Re: Re-tuning from PowerChromatic to "inverted" Natural Minor

Post by IaNerd » Tue Sep 21, 2021 1:52 pm

Here is a better version of the re-tuning shown above. This one gives us all three of the lovely notes below the tonic -- the ones necessary for "Ain't No Sunshine".

A concern here is that making the two lowest notes even lower could lead to rattling reeds. For those notes I suggest using a nondestructive reed alteration such as the "blue sticky tack" method.

ADDENDUM Sept. 24: This re-tuning also gives us all seven of the diatonic chords on the low end -- as opposed to just five.

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