[Harp-L] Yer SBS Tuning..

John Kerkhoven solo_danswer@xxxxx
Sun May 1 12:46:35 EDT 2016

Here’s a version of Black-Eyed Susie I recently recorded with my duo BluesReel using the Seydel 12-hole version of the SBS tuning. 



> I'm happy that people have found some creative ways to use this tuning, thanks!
> On 30.04.2016, at 19:13, Steve Hayes wrote:
>> Nice to hear some chatter about the Steve Baker Special. I learned about it
>> from your book, Steve, "The Harp Handbook."
>> My goal was to play in the range of an alto sax extending down as far as low
>> Db. Most of the harps I am using are either 12 or 10 hole SBS-inspired.
>> Either a Seydel Pro 12, or the middle 10 holes of a Pro 12 configured in a
>> 10-hole harp. The 10-hole version is especially nice in 2nd position with
>> the root in 1-draw, but it also opens up 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th
>> positions adding another full octave at the low end.
>> I started out playing Charlie Parker lines and soon realized a Marine Band
>> wasn't going to cut it, especially on the low end, and that for that purpose
>> I didn't need the higher notes. While a low harp would work, the SBS
>> configuration requires less over-blow/draw playing. I play a MB
>> occasionally, but mostly for drill. I still think in terms of MB hole
>> numbers when paying SBS harps.
>> There is real potential for harp-duo sounds in a combo context when one of
>> the harps is low. The low harp can play low harmony or low riffs behind the
>> other harp. This has led to some happy accidents at jam sessions.
>> I've also had some great moments with playing Kansas City-style riffs with one
>> or two horn players.
>> IMHO the SBS is the way to go.
>> Now's The Time.
>> 1 2 3" 3' 3 4+ 4' 4 3 4+ 4 4+ 3 2 2+ 1 2 
> Steve Baker
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