Re: Lee Oskar Meoldy Maker Harps
- Subject: Re: Lee Oskar Meoldy Maker Harps
- From: "Tim Moyer" <wmharps@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 12:23:00 -0000
Eric Brown wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a list of tunes and keys suitable
> for the Melody Maker harps?
The Melody Maker tuning makes it possible to play the major scale in
second position in the second octave without bends or overbends.
This means that just about any tune based on the major scale will
work nicely in that layout, and give you those juicy draw bends that
make the diatonic so expressive.
I first was turned on to the Melody Maker tuning when I was trying to
work out "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for a holiday
performance with our local harp club. In second position on a normal
Richter harp I would have to hit that 5OB to get the F# in the major
G scale on a C harp, but with the Melody Maker it was there on the 5
draw in place of the F (you can still get the F by bending down a
half step). In addition, the lower A in the scale is available on
the 3 blow (instead of a duplicated G), rather than having to bend
the 3 draw down a whole step, which means you can hit it faster and
cleaner (see the recent discussion of the "Paddy Richter" tuning).
Since then I've found that just about any tune that lays out on the
major scale plays well in second position on a Melody Maker
(try "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"). I don't use them most of the
time because the chords and octaves are awkward for me playing
regular I-IV-V stuff, and I've also got the 5OB down well enough to
cover most tunes. Still, it's a nice tuning when you need to play
that melody note for note and it needs to be clean as a whistle.
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