[Harp-L] PentaBender tuning--fully chromatic with draw bends!
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- From: Gary Lehmann <gnarlyheman@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:52:27 -0800
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Roger Meyerson has devised a variation of the Newton Fourkey that turns out
to also be a derivative of Brendan Power's Power Chromatic tuning.
I would surprised if Bren has not come up with it on his own! But I heard
about it from Roger, and here is a recap.
The tuning has two pentatonic scales, a whole step apart, with blow being
lower than draw, and a half step bend on each hole. There are three
enharmonics in each octave, and no accidentals.
So in the key of C, the pattern is |C d | D e | F g | G a | A b |
The two pentatonics are F and G, so that the draw position is much like
But the tuning is fully chromatic with draw bends.
This is just like Power Chromatic, which is F6/G6, except with the added
hole, you can draw bend the b6.
More to the point, since the draw chord (it's a pentatonic scale, but you
get my drift) is the dominant, there are strong similarities to cross harp,
which is what most of the harmonica players I encounter employ to play the
Expect a video soon--oops, NAMM is next week, expect a video by spring thaw
Alternate tuning fanatic
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