Re: [Harp-L] augmented tuning for diatonics

The tuning below has the advantage of matching the slide-out tuning of an 
augmented tuned chromatic. But as you note, you have to figure out how to supply 
the note one semitone above the draw note in each hole.

One way is to valve the draw slots so that the blow note in the hole to the 
right bends down a semitone. But this puts that note one hole to the right of 
where it would be on the slide version.

Another option is to learn to overblow. That puts the missing note in the same 
hole as on the slide harp, but makes it a blow note instead of a draw note.

A third option is to build a splayed harp on a tremolo body. In this build, the 
draw notes and blow notes are in neighboring holes. This allows you to play 
dual-reed bends on both blow notes and draw notes. But it also forced you to 
learn a new mapping of the main notes.

Whatsamatta with just playing the augmented chromatic? It's much simpler.

 Winslow Yerxa
Author, Harmonica For Dummies ISBN 978-0-470-33729-5
Harmonica instructor, The Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance
Resident expert,

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Sent: Thu, January 20, 2011 6:41:45 PM
Subject: [Harp-L] augmented tuning for diatonics


Another option is Seydel's whole tone tuning which looks like:

             1      2      3      4      5      6      7      8      9    

Blow     E     G#    C      E     G#    C     E      G#   C       E

Draw    F#   Bb      D     F#   Bb    D     F#    Bb    D      F#

But then how do I get the Gs, Bs and Ebs? Valves and blow bends?


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