Seydel Session Steel Special Tuning Melodic Maker Tuned includes Free USA Shipping
Most keys are in stock. Please look at the TONE TABLE below before ordering.
If you add valves it will take up to three weeks for delivery. Seydel will install your valves and ship direct to you. Info on Valves available here.
Blues Harmonica with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and plastic comb.
Please note: Seydel currently stocks the special tuning Melodic Maker only in the most commonly ordered keys G and C. All other keys of the Melodic Maker tuning can be manufactured on demand. Please allow that to take at least a few working days more than usual to arrive (for USA/CAN customers 2-3 weeks more).
The Melodic Maker tuning is the combination of Country and Paddy Richter tunings; compared to the Richter tuning the notes in channels 5 and 9 are raised for a semi-tone.
In addition, the blow note in channel three is tuned two semi-tones higher. Many melodies normally only playable using bends or overblows become easily playable with the Melodic Maker tuning.
Since the Melodic Maker is played mainly in 2nd postion the key label refers to the note in 2 draw!
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- ergonomic coverplates made of stainless steel, completely rounded at the mouthpiece
- ABS comb with recessed German Silver reedplates
- rivets and screws made of stainless steel
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- with convenient genuine leather pouch
Melodic Maker Tuning for the diatonic harmonica is likely the most misunderstood and incorrectly described of the alternate tuning approaches. Made popular by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, Melody Maker tuning merely adds one (1) additional adjusted note to Country Tuning. It is most likely named because it brings distinctive melody playing in range of the 2nd position/cross harp player without the need for bends or overblows.
In 2nd position, our root note is on the 2 draw. In standard tuning, the 3 blow note is a duplicate of 2 draw. Hitting the 2nd note of the major scale requires a draw bend on the 3 hole. Hitting the 7th note of the scale requires an overblow at hole 5. Melody Maker Tuning involves raising the 3 hole blow note 1 whole step and raising the 5 draw note 1/2 step, allowing for the complete major scale without the need for either technique.
Melodic Maker Tuning is strictly for 2nd position play and it is for songs that follow a major scale structure. Although one could in theory play a blues or minor scale using Melody Maker Tuning, that is not the intent. The tuning is designed for hymns, some jazz standards, folk songs, and great for bluegrass.
It is important to note that because the 3 blow note is raised 1 whole step, the blow chord players use for vamping and accompaniment is lost. This blow chord represents the IV chord in the progression. The tuning layout for a Melody Maker tuned diatonic is shown here.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
C E A C E G C E G C BLOW (Top Plate)
D G B D F# A B D F A DRAW (Bottom Plate)
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