[Harp-L] what tuning is this?

Venky Ramakrishna jazzyvenky@xxxxx
Tue Oct 24 00:07:11 EDT 2017

Carlos del Junco has a nice tune recorded on one of his CDs and is probably
on YouTube.

On Oct 23, 2017 10:57 PM, "Gary Lehmann" <gnarlyheman at xxxxx> wrote:

> That's funny--I just did a repair on a Lee Oskar and was going thru my
> inventory of plates and parts--I have all my used LO harps in the same
> place, and had just rediscovered this harp.
> I tuned it by ear, from a live recording on YouTube. As I understand it,
> this is the B-thing Tuning. I think this is the recording--
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3vJ1c55g5c
> Kit did a lot of the LO tunings (according to him, and I have no reason to
> mistrust him). I think this tuning is widely believed to his.
> The one I did is from a G harp, but is the same tuning--check the chords at
> 7:38--so it's designed to be played in 2nd position.
> On Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 6:20 PM, <bad_hat at xxxxx> wrote:
> > Years ago I attended a harmonica workshop led by Lee Oskar.  It was held
> > at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix Arizona.  A lot of what the workshop was
> > about was tuning.  Lee had us tune to an odd configuration.  I have never
> > been able to figure out what the purpose of the tuning was.  I'm not even
> > sure I have it right, well I have the harmonica and I can garner the
> tuning
> > from that but did I get it right in the moment?  I suspect if it is in
> fact
> > a useful tuning that the originator was more likely Kit Gamble not Lee
> > Oskar.  Ok, typing in the tuning below.  I'd love to hear fro someone who
> > knew what this was for.
> >
> > Blow  C  F# A  D F# A D F# A D
> > Draw  G  A  C# E G  B C E  G B
> >
> > Retuned from a D harmonica.  If I searched hard enough I could probably
> > find the handout for this.  I wasn't adept at this.  I had retuned plenty
> > but I kept tuning the wrong reed, it's not changing, it's not changing.
> > Maybe it's me, Lee didn't strike me as the most patient teacher.
> > Interesting day.
> >

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