Brendan Power 12 Hole Slide Diatonic Harmonica Includes US Shipping

Brendan Power

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All info is from Brendan Power's website. Key C in stock.
Before you place your order, please make sure you understand that any issues or concerns regarding Brendans harmonicas will be handled by Brendan Power.
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If you call us regarding an issue with his harps, we will refer you to this information.
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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 Slide Diatonic is another of my harmonica inventions. I first recorded with it on my 1994 album New Irish Harmonica, and I've used the Slide Diatonic for all my traditional Irish playing ever since. It's now available to buy, and only on this website.
The Slide Diatonic comes in the two main keys for Irish music, D and G, as well as C. The 12 hole is in Solo Tuning (same as standard chromatics), which is a great tuning for trad music, and probably the easiest to use.
I've had a couple of versions of the Slide Diatonic over the years, the first made by Hering and the Mk2 by Easttop. It's really airtight and comfortable in the mouth, with a smooth slide action. Please check the video below to see the Mk 2 version, and check the earlier video for the Mk 1 model to hear how easily and sweetly the Slide Diatonic adds in-key decorations to the main melody. The Mk2 model has the added benefit that you can remove some outer valves for extra bending if you wish (demonstrated in the Mk 2 video).

On the outside it looks like a standard chromatic harmonica, and the home scale with slider-out remains the same. But as soon as you press the slider in, you hear the difference! The slide-in notes sound sweet and tuneful, and slider trills are pleasing to the ear. That's because all the slider notes have been tuned to the home key of the harmonica - hence the name Slide Diatonic.

You can see the slider note is invariably the next note of the home scale. This gives the player a whole new and more AUTHENTIC sound for playing Irish and other folk music, including Chinese, Scottish, Italian... Most folk melodies around the world stay within a specific mode or scale. Chromatic notes outside that scale tend to sound harsh, because they are inappropriate for the style.

There is one small exception, which I’ve incorporated in the models we sell since the videos above were made. In holes 3, 7 and 11, the draw slide note raises to the tonic note of the scale instead of the 7th. I’ve found in practice that this works better, for various reasons:

  • You already have a same-breath decoration available from the draw 6th to 7th note, which can easily be done with a jaw-flick.
  • It’s great having the tonic available further to the left in each octave, for alternate phrasing options.
  • If you half-valve the harmonica, it gives you a nice draw slide-in bend on the tonic: some extra tasty expression on that crucial home note.
  • The slider is great for trills, turns, cuts, rolls and other decorations characteristic of Irish music, but it always raises the note a semitone. You can get away with it, as the slider notes go by very fast, but it is not really authentic for the modal-based scales of the Irish tunes. To overcome that problem I retuned the slider notes to the home scale of the instrument, to give a really sweet, authentic traditional sound akin to that of the whistle, flute and fiddle.

The Slide Diatonic also gives the player lots of enharmonic (same-not choices). Every note of the scale is duplicated in a slide-in note, which allows the player to choose the best option for the music. This can be very helpful in playing fast dance tunes with big jumps.

The 12 hole Solo-tuned Slide Diatonic comes with handy In-Box notes, showing the scales and other useful information. If you want more in-depth playing instruction for Irish music, my existing Book/CD package Play Irish Music on the Chromatic will work well with the 12 hole Slide Diatonic. It gives you all the info and tab for easy exercises and many tunes. Though the CD tracks feature standard chroms in G and D, the slider decorations taught will sound even better on the Slide Diatonic. At some stage I will create a book/CD specially for the Slide Diatonic, but for now that is a very good option. There is an equivalent book for the C instrument too, called Play Irish Music on the Key C Chromatic. All books/cd's are only available from Brendans site.

Here are some handy tips to fix sticking valves and enhance airtightness on your slider harmonicas.


" Thanks Brendan. I absolutely love these harmonicas. I have played the G one constantly since I bought it. "
Al Higgins

" Just to let you know that the slider harmonica arrived yesterday. I absolutely love it and is fantastic for playing some on my own reels/jigs etc. Perfect instrument for this!!! More 'Power' to you as they say... "
K. MacKenzie

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