[Harp-L] Relative Major

Robert Hale robert@xxxxx
Sat Oct 14 14:15:00 EDT 2017

(Apologies to the list for neglecting to remove the large signature

Hello Steven,

Spiral (usually) roots on draw 2 for the fundamental major scale. (You can
build them starting anywhere on ten holes)
Starting on draw 1 is the 6th tone of that scale, and delivers the natural
(relative) minor scale.
Add some half-step draw bends and this becomes a powerful tuning. Not quite
chromatic, but 9 of 11 tones.

Example: Spiral C harp = A minor scale from draw 1.
That's equivalent to 4th position, I believe.

For musical expression, Spiral is the way the harp SHOULD have been
invented. (grin) But then, our whole historical catalog would sound
different, too!

I have some short videos introducing Spiral at http://trix.ws/RG02m

For explorers, Spiral captures what BOTH Melody Maker, and Natural Minor
tunings do in Lee Oskar models.
So, when you are ready...

Robert Hale
Serious Honkage in Arizona

On Sat, Oct 14, 2017 at 10:46 AM, Hellerman, Steven L. <
shellerman at xxxxx> wrote:
Sorry, but what do you mean by "Spiral in its relative minor?"

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