Re: [Harp-L] PentaBender Tuning

Gary, thanks for demonstrating the potential of the pentabender!
But where you credit me with inventing this tuning, I feel that I can only claim to have discovered it.
It is such a simple and natural way to design a diatonic harmonica that it is hard to believe that people did not see it much earlier.

Your "C" pentabender harp has a range of about 2.5 octaves. In this range, it has several nice properties:
(1) The blow and draw reeds are all tuned to notes in the C-major (no "risky" reeds tuned to notes outside the scale).
(2) Furthermore, every note of the C-major scale in the harp's range is available as a straight blow or draw note (no gaps in the major scale).
(2) In the harp's range, every black note in the chromatic scale is available as a simple draw bend (no need for overblowing).
(3) The notes get higher as you go from left to right, except that a high draw note in one hole may be repeated as the low blow note in the next hole to the right (no back-and-forth).

Remarkably the pentabender is the only diatonic harmonica tuning that has all these nice properties. There is no other way to do it.
That is why I just feel that somebody else must have thought about this tuning some time before I did in 2014.

I am not very good at bending, and so I prefer to play fourkey tuning (in which the blow and draw reeds give us the notes of four different major scales, not just one).
But Gary you are proving that this is a tuning in which one can make good music!

Gary's pentabender videos:

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