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Alternate Spiral Tuning Kniri 221

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Kniri K
Nov 03, 2013 5:29 PM GMT

This is a demonstration, playing the Blues with a "Kniri 221" tuned harp

A detailed information of this alternate tuning you find on my website:


Layout Kniri 221

Blow: G,B,D,F,A,C,Bb,G,Bb,Db

Draw: A,C,E,G,Bb,D,F,Ab,C,Eb

Feedbacks welcome....

Regards Kniri

Hello together
I have been experimenting with alternative tunings for diatonic harmonicas.
I was looking for an easier way to play the Blues with the common three chords (C, F and G7 in the key of C). After playing around for some time I found continuous scales for diatonic instruments. This means that the notes do always have the same steps. This allows to play 5 different major or minor scales and 16 different triads, which are related/similar to the circle of 4th. The nice thing about this is if you blow or draw in any three holes right next to each other then it will always result in a chord (triad in root position), major or minor depending where you are.

Tuning "Kniri 221" in the circle of 4th“

Blow   G,B,D,F,A,Eb,Bb,Db

Draw   A,C,E,G,Bb,D,F,Ab,C,Eb

scale   G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C,Db, Eb     

steps   2=wholetone 1 = halftone    221221221221221221.......     

16 chords: G,C,F,Bb,Eb,Ab-major/ A,D,G,C,F-minor / G7,C7,F7,Bb7,Eb7 (bezw.  H,E,A,D,G dim)

More information on my website:

It would be great if you could have a look at my scale.
Maybe you can use them.
A feedback would be great.


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