Re: [Harp-L] PentaBender tuning--fully chromatic with draw bends!

Right, the Power Chromatic.
But this tuning (the PentaBender) doesn't need an overblow to be chromatic!
The only problem is, it is 5 holes per octave, and so needs a 12 or 14 hole
harp to be effective.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 1:32 PM, Boris Plotnikov <ploboris@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I was interested in this tuning about three years ago and I think it's
> really a cool one. I'm a bit lazy to be free with it, but I have two of
> them and I even have a student who play this tuning only. The only
> difference, I prefer to start it from A, this way it needs overblow only on
> holes 4 and 8 to get a full chromatic scale. 5 hole overblow is better than
> 4th hole overblow.
> 2015-01-15 23:52 GMT+03:00 Gary Lehmann <gnarlyheman@xxxxxxxxx>:
>> 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
>> second position.
>> 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
>> harmonica.
>> Expect a video soon--oops, NAMM is next week, expect a video by spring
>> thaw
>> LOL
>> Gary Lehmann
>> AKA Gnarly
>> Alternate tuning fanatic
> --
> Thanks, Boris Plotnikov

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