Re: D-Harmonica same as C ?

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Posted by Stan Besaw on February 24, 2001 at 00:57:47:

In Reply to: Re: D-Harmonica same as C ? posted by felix on February 23, 2001 at 05:51:57:

Make sure what you have is a major diatonic and not a harmonic or natural minor harmonica. Lee Oskar and Hohner do make different tunings of 10 hole diatonics. A minor tuned diatonic would explain the whole step distance between 5 blow and 5 draw. Either that, or your 5 blow hole has gone flat by about a half step through normal play and aging.

Good luck,

: Actually, that's not exactly what I meant. Instead of getting half a tone between the 5blow and the 5 draw, that is the E and the F for a C harp, the F# and the G for the D harp; I get a whole tone. So when I play the D major scale with my D harp, it doesn't sound right.

: : the easiest way to get a C scale is on a C harp or F harp (you have to bend). The D harp will give you the F# and you probably won't bend down that blow note. If you "overblow" (which I find impossible on any harp) you will raise that F# to a G.

: : : I happen to own a diatonic harmonica in the scale of D. I tried to do the major scale with the tabs but it doesn't sound right: I get a F# instead of a F and the end, the A, the B, and the C, are also screwed up. Is it my harmonica, or is there another way to play the major scale with a D-Harmonica?

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