Brendan Power 10 Hole Power Bender Harmonica includes Free USA Shipping

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How you play is important for the long life of your harmonica! Some players blow out reeds very quickly due to bad technique. You should be careful not to blow and draw too hard, or bend any notes so low that the pitch is flat. Some reeds should not be bent but in the case of those that can, just bend to the note you want, to stay in tune and not over stress the reeds. Let the harp dry out after playing and keep in its case.

The 10 hole diatonic is the biggest selling harmonica of all. After a period of much experimentation in the mid-nineteenth century, a classic design appeared which set the format and benchmark for all 10 hole harps that followed: the 1896 Hohner Marine Band. It is made virtually unchanged to this day, and still remains the axe of choice for many professional harp players.

99% of other 10 hole diatonics made since, by all manufacturers, have followed its lead, including its tuning scale, commonly known as Richter Tuning. By a happy accident, a tuning intended by its German designers to play oom-pah style in the key of the harmonica (Straight Harp, or 1st Position) turned out to be great for playing Blues in the 'wrong' key: what we now call Cross Harp, or 2nd Position.

This unintended affinity for the soulful Blues harp style entrenched Richter tuning amongst players, as it was used on all the great historical recordings by the blues greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sonny Terry etc etc.

Richter is a great harmonica tuning, but it has some problems and deficiencies when it comes to playing expressively all through the 3 octave range in the commonly-used 2nd Position style used by most players today. For example, the breathing pattern switches in holes 7-10, which many players find confusing, and the easy draw bends that blues players love to use are impossible above hole 6.

My PowerBender and PowerDraw tunings keep the best aspects of Richter but overcome it issues by retuning the upper scale to give soulful draw bends EVERYWHERE. They also have a regular-breath scale, without the confusing switchover of Richter.

PowerBender and PowerDraw give adventurous players a whole new sound on the expressive little 10 hole harp! They have to be heard and experienced to really appreciate their cool new possibilities. Click on the tabs to get more info on these increasingly popular new standard tunings for the diatonic harp, and hear them in action.

Paddy Richter Tuning is a small variation on standard Richter that gives great new possibilities for playing melodies, especially fast Irish and American Fiddle tunes tunes. It too is fast gaining traction amongst folk harmonica players. Click the tab to check it out!

The PowerBender tuning builds on the best parts of the traditional Richter Tuning, while altering the scale to make the real juicy and important notes much easier to obtain throughout the whole three octave range. If you're interested in a fresh sound on the 10 hole diatonic, LOTS more bending expression and easy jazzy playing, the PowerBender is a good choice for you! Check out the first video for a demonstration of my new-generation own-brand PowerBender.

Same familiar breathing pattern in the upper-middle registers. All draw notes bend everywhere, holes 1-10! On the un-valved version you can overblow every hole 1-10, for full chromatic playing. Overdraws and blow bends are no longer possible or needed on a PowerBender - they are replaced with simple draw bends. On the half-valved version, a mix of normal draw bends and valved blow bends gives full chromaticism. Top octave easy to play (intuitive) as many familiar phrasings can be adopted from the bottom octaves Easy to play in the common positions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, and 12th. Check out the second video where I demonstrate playing in many keys and positions.



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