[Harp-L] Seydel releases Tony Eyers Major Cross harmonica

Dennis Michael Montgomery gaulay2@xxxxx
Mon Feb 6 21:36:05 EST 2017

I am not knocking playing cross harp. If I'm knocking anything it's wasting money on gemics.
And my question is still not answered. Why play a fifth with all the notes in it cross harp when you can play all the notes straight harp? What is the difference? I understood that this Major Cross tuning was to eliminate bending. The bending I understand slows the playing down when playing bluegrass or Irish music. If you want to get rid of the bending problems and play all the notes why not play straight harp or employ the Seydel spiral tune or Orchestra S?

    On Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:24 AM, Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:

 Because of bending physics you will still be able to bend to any keyboard note in between the blow and draw notes and any quartertone between a blow and draw note 1/3 step apart. 
But the purpose of cross harp is not bending. It is playing in a key a fifth above the name of the harp. 
There are many ways of playing cross harp. Don't knock it until you have spent years trying to get the most out of it. Michael RubinMichaelrubinharmonica.com
On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 11:10 AM Dennis Michael Montgomery <gaulay2 at xxxxx> wrote:

Something here does't make sense. I thought the idea of playing cross harp was to get that bluesy sound of the blues and/or that high lonesome sound of blugrass by bending the notes. Is this new tuning going to allow you to get that? If the player wants to play in G without the trouble of bending why not get a harmonica in G or High G and play straight harp? If that doesn't suit you perhaps the Seydel spiral tune or the Orchestra S? 

I don't see the advantage of this tuning and think it is silly. 

    On Sunday, February 5, 2017 8:56 AM, Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:

Michael Rubin

On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 5:58 PM, Robert Hale <robert at xxxxx> wrote:

> How will Major Cross compare with Spiral?
> Robert Hale
> Serious Honkage in Arizona
> youtube.com/DUKEofWAIL
> DUKEofWAIL.com
> On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Tony Eyers <tony at xxxxx> wrote:
> > Around 20 years ago I devised a harmonica tuning for fast bluegrass and
> > Irish tunes, and called it Major Cross. It has Major Scale notes in the
> > second or "cross" position used by most players. Major Cross requires no
> > bending, so fast tunes are much easier to play.
> >
> > While some players have adopted Major Cross, the instruments have been
> > hard to find.
> >
> > Not anymore. Seydel have released a Major Cross model, which is now
> > available "off the shelf".
> >
> > The instrument has a distinctive blue comb. Needless to say, I'm proud to
> > announce my own harmonica model. Check it out at the Seydel Major Cross
> > page below, which has video explanations etc. If the page comes up in
> > German, just hit the red "Switch to English" button.
> >
> > I'm (almost) always the only harmonica player at fast bluegrass and Irish
> > sessions, the Major Cross harmonicas allow me to keep up. Some of you may
> > be joining me soon, now that Major Cross instruments are easily had.
> >
> > http://seydel1847.de/majorcross
> > <http://seydel1847.de/majorcross>
> > ----------
> > Tony Eyers
> > Australia
> > www.HarmonicaAcademy.com
> > everyone plays...
> >



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