An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

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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An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:49 pm

We can start with a slide or non-slide, 12- or 16-hole harp in Solo tuning, and by altering just five reeds, produce the following:

I chord (Cmaj)
ii chord (Dmin)
iii chord (Emin) - NEW
IV chord (Fmaj) - NEW
V chord (Gmaj) - NEW
vi chord (Amin) – NEW
vii° chord (Bdim)

ADDENDUM ON JANUARY 23: If the 6 draw is raised to a G, we create another Cmaj chord in the draw layer.

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Tue Jan 22, 2019 7:08 pm

If the tuning above was part of a slide harp, and if the player needed a few more chords, then the six channels below might provide those needed chords on the low end of the slide-in layer.

Note that this tuning requires altering seven reeds of a Solo-tuned harp.

i chord (Cmin) - NEW
II chord (Dmaj) - NEW
bIII chord (Ebmaj) - NEW
bv chord (F#min) - NEW
v chord (Gmin) - NEW
VI chord (Amaj) – NEW
bVII chord (Bbmaj) - NEW

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:21 pm

Taking the top idea (two posts above this one) a little further ....

We can change a few more notes and recast the whole tuning into a G major context:

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:59 pm

This one takes the idea above one small step further. A total of eight reeds are retuned--by either one or two semitones each.

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by Irink » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:26 pm

Hello Patrick
Thanks for your work with alternate tunings.
Can you represent these tunings please:
Regards Kniri

"Bluesy" Tuning vs "Orchestra S" solo Tuning

Layout "Bluesy" Tuning (Kniri Knaus)

C/D/F/A/C/D/F/A/C/Eb blow chord Dm7-F6-F7
1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10
C/E/G/Bb/C/E/G/Bb/D/F draw chord C7/9-Gm7-Bb
Eb,Gb Eb,Gb Db,E bendings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwJxbZAo4Ws


Layout "ORCHESTRA S" Solo Tuning in F (Seydel)

C/F/F/A/C/F/F/A/C/F blow chord F
1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10
D/E/G/Bb/D/E/G/Bb/D/E draw chord Gm6
Db--Gb---Db--Gb----Db bendings

6 notes are different as "Bluesy"
2,6,10 blow and 1,5,10 draw

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:59 pm

In my post of Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:59 am (above), we see how changing eight reeds of a 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned slide or non-slide harp--initially in C tuning--can be converted to a chord-rich harp in the key of G.

Using those exact same reed changes, we can start with a Solo-tuned harp in the key of F and create a chord-rich harp in the key of C.

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:31 pm

If the tuning above was part of a slide harp, and if the player needed a few more chords, then the six channels below might provide those needed chords on the low end of the slide-in layer.

Note that this tuning requires altering eight reeds of a Solo-tuned harp.

i chord (Cmin) - NEW
II chord (Dmaj) - NEW
bIII chord (Ebmaj) - NEW
iv chord (Fmin) - NEW
V chord (Gmaj)=
bvi chord (F#dim) - NEW
bVI chord (G#maj) - NEW
bvii chord (Bmin) - NEW

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:22 pm

This is perhaps a better alternative than the one just above:

i chord (Cmin) – NEW
II chord (Dmaj) – NEW
bIII chord (Ebmaj) – NEW
iv chord (Fmin) – NEW
bv˚chord (F#dim) – NEW
v chord (Gmin) – NEW
bVI chord (G#maj) – NEW

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:06 pm

In the post of Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:08 pm (above), my goal was squeeze “a few more chords” out of the first six channels. And so I did, relying on intuition to help me make the changes shown in that post.

But now I revisit that goal, this time with more nuance. Now I wish to derive from the first six channels those chords which would maximally help achieve the chord progressions shown in the chart below. In that chart, we see that adding Dmajor is highly important. Also important, though less so, would be to add Gminor and Bminor. Least important—according to that table—would be to add an Amajor.

I fiddled with the stock Solo tuning and could not find a good way to fit all four of the chords mentioned just above. So I opted for the three most important, i.e. Dmajor, Gminor and Bminor. The diagram below shows how these three chords—plus some bonus chords—can be added.

i chord (Cmin) - NEW
II chord (Dmaj) – NEW
bIII chord (Ebmaj) - NEW
bv chord (F#min) - NEW
v chord (Gmin) – NEW
bVII chord (Bbmaj) – NEW
vii chord (Bmin) – NEW

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Re: An easy, chord-enriching mod of a slide or non-slide 12- or 16-hole Solo-tuned harp

Post by IaNerd » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:20 pm

I now see that the table of chord progressions in the post just above this one includes a number of redundancies. In this post I offer a much-improved table.

Chord progressions which can be achieved with the tuning of Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:49 pm (above) and without any of the "slide-in layer" chords of the tuning of Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:06 pm are shown below in italics.

Chord progressions that are not shown in italics require one or more of the chords of the tuning of Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:06 pm.

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