So I have just started playing the Harmonica, but the tuning system seems counter-intuitive to me. The most common tuning is:
blow: |C |E |G |C |E |G |C |E |G |C |
draw: |D |G |B |D |F |A |B |D |F |A |
Honestly, this seems kind of dumb. Who thought this was a good idea?
First of all, why are there 8 inversions of the 1 chord? I understand that it’s important but do we really need 8?! That wastes the top row. Then on the bottom you first have 2 of the 5 chord, fair enough. But then there’s a diminished 7? And there’s another diminished 7th higher up? If there’s a limited number of notes why did they decide that the least important(and worst imo) chord should be there twice? I understand that it has it’s uses, but still, I would keep it to 1 at most. You get a couple of 2 chords and that’s it for the triads. Where are the 3, 4, and 6 chords?! Are yall really going to tell me you prefer the diminished 7 over those guys? What about 7ths? Forget about it! You get 1 dominant 7th and that’s it.
I am not really an expert but even at a glance I think a better system would be to just do the top row in thirds:
blow: |G |C |E |G |B |D |F |A |C |E |
draw: |A |C |F |A |C |E |G |B |D |G |
My basic thought process here:
On the top row I started at C, and went up in thirds. This means that you can play all 7 diatonic chords, and even do 7ths and stuff. There was 1 hole left-over so I put a cheeky lower 5th on the first chord.
On the bottom row, it’s basically offset by 1 scale degree so that you can play the whole scale. But also, I wanted to get those cool plagal cadances so it starts with the 4 chord. At the end, I wanted to avoid another diminished 7th so I pushed the last note up to a G to make a minor 2 chord.
This layout seems much better because you can play all the chords of the scale. I would love to have a harmonica tuned this way.
P.S. I am just poking fun here. I know I sound smug but I just like to rant about things because it’s funnier that way. This is mostly the dunnning-kruger effect talking, but I am also genuinely curious about this. Does anyone know if it would be possible to build a harmonica like this? Could I re-tune an existing harmonica or something? I would love to try this thing out and see how wrong I am XD