And greetings, Mitch. I have heard about this thing called “Chicago-style tuning”
and was wondering wether it means re-tuning a harmonica, and if so:
which key it is in and how you tune it like that?
I want to practice tuning(or re-tuning) the harmonica and wanted to do this with a C harmonica
that I don’t use, due to it being out of tune and flat since it’s an off-brand cheapo,
but none the less dear to my heart piece of equipment I want to re-tune.
If, of course, re-tuning a C harmonica is even possible. I don’t know. this is my 3d month playing.
Have a good one!
PS. Are there any other re-tunings for a C harmonica out there to be had that you recommend
for a first time-customization?
I’ve never heard of the Chicago style tuning. I think that is just referring to what we are all using when taking a standard diatonic harmonica. Richter tuning.
If you are going to get into tuning, first it’s great to fix a harp that is slightly out of tune. Like i show in the videos in the tool shed.
Once you have done that successfully a couple of times, you may want to try and make a difference of a semi tone to a reed, which is the most I’d recommend. In that case, and if you like country music, a fun one to ‘try’ would be country tuning. To do that the 5-draw reed is tuned 1/2 a step higher (to F# on a C harp) giving you a complete major diatonic scale in second position.