Main question: What are your relationship with sliders that do different things to different notes?
I have close to zero experience with chromatics at present, and what little I have comes from tooting in borrowed ones. I've started to thinking about buying one, but I am not sure how to think when choosing a tuning; as one of my main motives for buying one would be playing melodic minor tunes in a few keys the standard solo tuning just doesn't make sense. I'd like to buy a decent harp and with a custom tuning those are comparatively pricey, so I try to gather whatever advice I can find not to have to spend this money twice.
One of my main contenders right now is this:
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Blow: Slide in g# a c eb g# a c eb Slide out g a c# e g a c# e 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Draw: Slide out a b d f a b d f Slide in a bb d f# a bb d f#
A press of the slide will change the note half a step up or down or not at all. I am still unsure about some notes, but this is a feature of most of my suggestions. Does this seem reasonable?
It is mainly intended for Dm, but has some other chords as well. The reason I put chords there is mostly that I think it would facilitate playing arpeggios in some keys, but they might be useful to play as actual chords as well. Thus keeping some useful intervals I imagine would be a pro of leaving some notes unchanged. If there is a short passage in D major I would not have to work the slide so much in an arpeggio, and I think this would be nice.
Second main question: Do you have any other comments on this tuning?
Any thoughts on this would be most welcome!