Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

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Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Brendan » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:19 pm

I recently completed a fun video collaboration with British rock harmonica specialist Will Wilde:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5V0mPDpxYk

We're playing our own harp tunings, which are similar but different. The track is in Em, he's using a Wilde Rock Tuning harp 2nd Position in A, I'm using a PowerBender in C 5th position. I include info and tuning diagrams at the end, for anyone interested.

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by triona » Sat Jun 20, 2020 5:41 pm

Nicely done.
Thanks for the background info.


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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by madden » Sun Jun 21, 2020 3:30 am

That was a great collaboration between two of the best in my opinion, I hope you all go have a look. Really good Brendan!!

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Brendan » Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:52 pm

Thanks... It's interesting to compare the Wilde Rock and PowerBender tunings, each has strong and weak points - as with all tunings!
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Will got in touch with me to ask about PowerBender and PowerDraw when he was working on his own tuning. He liked both and has kept the top octave holes 8-10 identical on his Wilde Tuning. However he wanted bigger bends in the middle octave, which is where you see the differences.

I can appreciate their attractiveness, as I like big bends too! However, by adopting them you lose the ability to play chromatically with ease in that middle octave zone. Of course the chromatic notes are available with in-between bends, but these are hard to get in tune and not really usable in practical terms for most players. The result is that the Wilde harp becomes a powerful Second Position blues/rock wailing machine, but is not so user-friendly for tunes with more complex chord changes. PowerBender doesn't have the same big bends on the 6 and 7 draw, but the ability to play easy semitone bends to get the chromatic notes you normally have to obtain with overblows is, for me, worth the swap.

But it's all subjective with this stuff - it depends what you're after. Different strokes for different folks, as they say...

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Malarz » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:49 pm

Thanks for illustrating the tuning differences. I’m looking forward to the PowerBender and instruction book I’ve ordered.

Ken

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Sachlaw » Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:10 pm

Brendan wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:52 pm
Thanks... It's interesting to compare the Wilde Rock and PowerBender tunings, each has strong and weak points - as with all tunings!

PB & Wilde Tunings.png

Will got in touch with me to ask about PowerBender and PowerDraw when he was working on his own tuning. He liked both and has kept the top octave holes 8-10 identical on his Wilde Tuning. However he wanted bigger bends in the middle octave, which is where you see the differences.

I can appreciate their attractiveness, as I like big bends too! However, by adopting them you lose the ability to play chromatically with ease in that middle octave zone. Of course the chromatic notes are available with in-between bends, but these are hard to get in tune and not really usable in practical terms for most players. The result is that the Wilde harp becomes a powerful Second Position blues/rock wailing machine, but is not so user-friendly for tunes with more complex chord changes. PowerBender doesn't have the same big bends on the 6 and 7 draw, but the ability to play easy semitone bends to get the chromatic notes you normally have to obtain with overblows is, for me, worth the swap.

But it's all subjective with this stuff - it depends what you're after. Different strokes for different folks, as they say...
Great video and great comparison of the tunings.

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Mateo » Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:50 pm

Stunning!

Are you willing to share which effects you were using? Really fit that (hard rock electric guitar) style of playing.

Thanks!!

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Re: Blowdown with Will Wilde: Comparison of two Tunings

Post by Brendan » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:01 am

In my case I was using a preset patch called 'Arena' in a small multi FX unit called the Korg Pandora. It's now discontinued, but you can buy them second hand.

You could find or make similar patches in any multi FX unit, on an iPad, or using discreet effects pedals. The main elements of the sound are common ones: delay, reverb, amp and speaker modelling, chorus, noise gate.

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