Blues, Rock and Pop improvisations are often based on the minor pentatonic scale. I arrange the "scale spiral'' so 1 draw is the keynote of the
natural minor scale.
||m. seventh||second||fourth||m. sixth||root note
||m. third||fifth||m. seventh||second||fourth|
||root note||m. third||fifth||m. seventh||second
||fourth||m. sixth||root note||m. third||fifth|
For that reason the naming of the harmonica is also based on
1. the keynote in 1 draw and
2. on the following scale (standard: natural minor).
The keynote of the parallel major scale lies in 2 draw - in this case it is the c of the parallel key c major.
Sound samples for the Spiral Standard you will find
The → Hohner Spiralhamonikas
as well as
the models of
→ C. A. Seydel S÷hne
follow me in this standard arrangement.
However Seydel chose a different way of naming - Look out: Seydel calls the
spiral harmonica after the note in 1 blow! According to Seydel the pictured standard note arrangement is called
Circular Tuning G or Melody King G.
Seydel follows the common way of naming also known from the Richter harmonicas, but this does not say anything about the
scale beginning in 1 blow. In the standard arrangement the scale beginning in 1 blow is inevitably a parallel of c major and a minor -
namely g mixolydian.
You may keep in mind:
The standard arrangement of Seydel is named after the note in 1 blow, while the (parallel) minor scale begins in 1 draw.
In contrast the Hohner Spiral is named after the harmonic context and the basic chord the player also expects - in the given example a minor.
Gypsy Waltz is played on this layout (→
Deviating from the harmonic minor scale, I tuned here 1 blow to the minor seventh to get the g major chord, which is important in the typical
chord progression (Am G F E). In both the upper octaves I kept the seventh of harmonic minor (4 draw, 8 blow), whereby in upper-octave melodies
the typical gypsy tonality emerges, and, on the other hand, the dominant chord e becomes playable.
A Harmonic Minor|
You more often hear the sixth than the flatted sixth in rock and pop this tuning is quite versatile. By changing from flatted sixth to the
sixth the chord in 3+4+5 blow becomes a major chord and the one in 4+5+6 a diminished chord and so on.
|Spiral Harmonica A Dorian|