Not Really...

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Posted by Danny P. on July 07, 2001 at 09:08:11:

In Reply to: Re: The Golden Melody - tuned differently? posted by Blues Lover on July 06, 2001 at 17:13:29:

The tuning as far as the notes and order is the same. CEGCEGCEGC and whatever...

Our scales today are not the true scales that they once were. If you play "Louie Louie" in A and then play it in Db, it still sounds like "Louie Louie." This is because the 12 notes are equal distances apart. This, what we use in Western music today, is called the tempered scale.

The scales of old did not have notes that were equal distances apart. They were mathematically different so that a song in E sound different than a song in F#. I think it is because they tuned the scales so that chords would sound better.

(please, anyone correct me or help me out in all this because I am repeating all this from memory and I might have several things terribly wrong...)

It seems like I read somewhere that a Golden Melody (maybe it was even a different harp, I dunno) is tuned so that the chords will sound better, the notes vibrate together creating a more pleasant sound, than other harps. I'm sure it's not the notes and scales of yore or whatever, but they are slightly adjusted to make a chord sound more "right."

Most of us cannot hear this difference but those musicians with an "ear" can.

Anything you play on a Golden Melody is going to sound like anything you play on a Lee Oskar or a Special 20, or whatever.


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