Here’s some common sense for your reference: C#=Db, D#=Eb, F#=Gb, G#=Ab, A#=Bb.
It looks like a chromatic harmonica, but it’s not! This is a completely new harmonica type with a unique sound: an all-draw, all-bending soul machine! It has Patent Pending status for its many novel features.
Unlike other harmonicas of similar universal bending ability (eg. the XB-40), my AsiaBend uses only draw breath direction throughout the whole instrument to create the main scale and bent notes, and has no windsaver flap valves! Instead of valves the AsiaBend uses the slider action of an airtight chromatic harmonica to isolate reed pairs and select the bending function. It employs normally-silent blow x-reeds paired with active draw reeds to allow every draw reed to be bent controllably in pitch to adjacent scale notes. Its scale layout is designed to allow the player to controllably bend every note of a diatonic major scale (and related modes) up to and down from other notes of the scale, as well as microtones in between. The fact it has no valves means that the overblow technique is available on every hole to obtain extra chromatic notes.
Bending on the AsiaBend is exactly the same type of interactive-reed draw bending as on diatonic 10-hole harps. The scale is similar to the middle octave of a diatonic, or Solo tuning on chromatic, with a 3 octave range. So it will be easy for both diatonic and chromatic players to adapt to. The layout is:
SLIDE OUT: C E G C | C E G C | C E G C
SLIDE IN: D F A B | D F A B | D F A B
These are draw notes only. The notes all bend down to the adjacent scale note below with the exception of the G (bends down to E) and the left-hand C (bends down to A). Blow notes don’t sound in normal playing but there are overblows on every hole, slide-in and out, which give these notes: C#,D# – F,F# – G#,A# – C#,C (they are repeatable in all octaves).
Remember: THIS IS AN ALL-DRAW HARMONICA. No blow notes at all! (Think of it as the opposite of a saxophone or flute, which are all-blow instruments. There ARE blow reeds inside, but they don’t make a sound if you try to blow – they only act to allow the draw reeds to bend). Please make sure you understand this principle before you order.
The following are a few tips for taking care of your harmonica:
1. Don’t drink sticky, heavy drinks before playing.
2.Keep your harmonica in the box or in some other clean place if you are not playing.
3.Rinse your mouth out well, wash your hands, or brush your teeth if necessary, before playing the harmonica.
4.Tap your harmonica out gently after playing, tapping out the excess saliva – holes down.
5.Don’t let others play your harmonica – unless it is someone you don’t mind kissing.
6.Keep your harmonica away from heat or direct sunshine.
7.Do not wash your harmonica with hot water, alcohol or other chemicals.
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