Re: [Harp-L] B Minor harp songs

Dorian scale is the major scale with a flat 3rd and 7th.  So a B
natural minor harp would start with E on 1 and 4 blow.  The first
octave would take some bending to produce a full dorian scale, but the
second octave should be E F# G A B C# D E
if you played 4blow, 4 draw, 5 blow, 5 draw, 6 blow, 6 draw, 7 draw, 7 blow.
So if you are playing melodies that return to 1, 4, 7 and 10 blow,
that is using the E dorian scale.  If you play melodies that return to
2 draw, 3,6or 9 blow, you are using the B natural minor scale, B C# D
E F# G A B.  As you can see, they are the same scale, just starting on
different notes.  They are modes of one another.
Michael Rubin

On 11/12/08, Joy <joyking1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I got the Lee Oskar Bm(N) Natural Minor.  What is a dorian scale?  Is that
> why it sounds like medeval or old world music?  I like Greensleeves on it.
> Thanks.
> Josh
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> If I understand your tuning correctly, it would create an E dorian
> scale from 4 to 7 blow, not harmonic minor.  Also, yes the Lee Oskar
> natural minor is labelled by the cross harp key, but the Lee Oskar
> Harmonic minor is tuned to the straight harp key.  The original poster
> did not define which type of Lee Oskar minor harp he purchased.
> Michael Rubin

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