[Harp-L] what tuning is this?

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Tue Oct 24 07:26:35 EDT 2017

This is only different from standard tuning in hole 1 and 7 draw.  7 draw
has been lowered one half step, giving us the flat 3rd in cross harp, a
handy blues note, the flat 7th in straight, also a handy blues note and the
flat 6th in third, very handy for most types of minor music.

1 draw is now G, the flat seventh in cross, very handy, the fourth in
first, no real big help and the flat third in third, real handy.

1 blow is C, the same note as 7 draw.

The real trip is the bends in 1 draw are Gb, F, E, Eb, D and Db.

This tuning has great possibilities.
Michael Rubin

On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 5:37 AM, The Iceman via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>

> The story behind this tuning is that Kit Gamble created it, Lee Oskar used
> it for that one tune - Carlos loved the sound, found a recording of Lee
> playing what is called "B-Thing tuning", learned the tuning scheme from
> Lee, and also plays it on his CD. I don't know if Lee recorded it on a CD,
> but there are live recordings of his floating around.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Venky Ramakrishna <jazzyvenky at xxxxx>
> To: Gary Lehmann <gnarlyheman at xxxxx>
> Cc: Harp-l at xxxxx <harp-l at xxxxx>
> Sent: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 12:07 am
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] what tuning is this?
> 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.

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