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Introduction To Diminished Tuning - summary of SPAH seminar
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:16:08 PM »
We discussed how to play a chromatic scale, how to play a 1st postion major scale, 1st & 3rd position major arpeggios, and 1st (blow) & 3rd (draw) position blues.  We also discussed the symmetry of intervals, and how to obtain a diminished tuned harmonica.

Here are some highlights:

ascending chromatic scale:  blow, blow button, draw...move one hole to the right & repeat, or...
ascending chromatic scale (2): draw, draw button, blow button...move right & repeat

1st position major scale:  same blow draw sequence as C major scale on solo tuned chromatic with no button.  Add button* to 3rd, 5th, & 6th scale degree.  B D B* D B* D* D B (tonic can also be played with draw button)

Also remember, In first position the root, b3, 3, b5, 5, 6, & b7 can all be played as blow notes, and in third position as all draw notes.

How to obtain a diminished harmonica: (Seydel Deluxe)

Click continue and choose 'diminished' from the drop down menu, and then choose the starting note for hole one.  For example, choosing G3 would give you the G below the middle C which is the starting note on a C chromatic.

-Or- (for retuning services)

Contact list member Gary Lehmann (Gnarly HeMan) or Pat Missin through his website (

I also have a few I'd be willing to sell (offlist).


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