[Harp-L] Diminished tuning

Eugene Ryan ryan.eugene@xxxxx
Tue Jun 27 06:10:27 EDT 2017

I guess what Jason is also talking about here is the first two holes of
dimi is the same as power chromatic (if starting on the A so it gives you a
m7th chord from first hole up A C E G)  / dorian, then for the next two the
notes are the same if you hold in the slide. So it has some similarities in
terms of breath patterns and bending abilities.. but different in terms of
chords, "keyness" (ability to play in key without touching the slide) and
regular patterns/transposition/MOLT - and, as you say, enharmonics in
different places. I understand Ed would use a few keyed harmonicas and play
them in multiple keys... I haven't spoken to him in quite a while.

Both layouts/tunings are very good for expressive possibilities.

On Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 2:31 AM, <gnarlyheman at xxxxx> wrote:

> But the min7 is 1 b3 5 b7 and the dimi is 1 b3 b5 bb7--
> So half the harp is tuned dimi, the first two holes, but then the other
> half is funky!
> Gary
> > On Jun 26, 2017, at 6:19 PM, chespernevins at xxxxx wrote:
> >
> > True and I suppose that is significant.  I agree with you.
> >
> > If I have the layouts correct, I was thinking of the fact that all
> blow/draw note combos are a whole step.  Also that the layouts are both
> made up of two Dorian tetrachords.  Also that there are 4 enharmonics found
> on each.  One has min7 chords a whole step apart and one dim7 chords a
> whole step apart.  Some interesting parallels.
> >
> >> On Jun 26, 2017, at 8:51 PM, gnarlyheman at xxxxx wrote:
> >>
> >> I don't see that there is a correlation. Dimi is MOLT, every hole is
> like hole 1.
> >> But Power Chromatic, although it has 4 enharmonics and 4 notes per
> hole, is based on major chords, so the enharmonics are scattered.
> >>
> >> Gary
> >>
> >>> On Jun 26, 2017, at 4:41 PM, chespernevins at xxxxx wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Very similar to dimi in many ways. Do you guys agree?
> >>>
> >>>> On Jun 26, 2017, at 6:20 PM, Gary Lehmann <gnarlyheman at xxxxx>
> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Ed Coogan is using F6/G6, the slide version of Brendan Power's Power
> Chromatic, but starting on A (IIRC).
> >>>>
> >>>> Sent from my iPhone
> >>>>>


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