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Brendan Power 10 Hole Power Draw Harmonica includes Free USA Shipping

$37.00

Manufacturer: Brendan Power

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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!

 
 
If you're interested in incredible draw bending expression in the top octave whilst retaining all the best aspects of a traditional harp in the lower two octaves, the PowerDraw is a good choice for you! Just top off the standard Richter tuning in holes 1-6 with the logical breathing pattern and draw-bending soul of my PowerBender tuning on holes 7-10. It's a win-win! See the detailed description and watch the video below.

You can buy my inexpensive own-brand model in five popular keys (below), or you can buy a
Seydel PowerDraw harp with stainless steel reeds in any key, and with half-valving option too.Watch the Seydel Video to understand more about how PowerDraw works, and how easy it is to adapt to for players of standard Richter harps.
 
POWERDRAW - WHY IT'S SO MUCH FUN!
PowerDraw tuning is a combination of standard Richter (holes 1-6) and PowerBender (holes 7-10). The Best of Both Worlds! It's easy to learn because:
  • The bulk of the harp (holes 1-6) stays exactly the same as normal, so there is no need to re-learn anything in that comfortable range you're so accustomed to.
  • The breathing pattern of holes 1-6 (blow reed low, draw reed high in each hole) is retained all the way up to hole 10 on the PowerDraw! This gives the top octave an instant feeling of familiarity to anyone who tries it, because the techniques and riffs that work so well lower down work up there too (click on "Tunings" tab in GEEK ZONE above to see the scale).
  • Simplified Technique: There are no blow bends and no overdraws needed in the PowerDraw tuning. Two of the most important 'blue' notes in 2nd position (the flat third, which was overblow 6) and the flat fifth (overdraw 7) are now simple draw bends on holes 7 and 8: the octave-up equivalents of the familiar draw bends on holes 3 and 4.
  • Every draw note bends from hole 7-10, soulful and easy! That's right - you can now really WAIL up high on your harp! Plus, in un-valved setup, every hole overblows for chromatic playing, and the upper octave overblows are much easier than the overdraws necessary in Richter tuning.
  • PowerDraw works well with the octave-playing approach of tongue blockers. The notes in the top octave are similar to Richter, but the intervals are slightly different. Octave splitting is actually easier, because both blow and draw notes have a 5 hole split above hole 4. See theSeydel PowerDraw Video for a demonstration.
  • PowerDraw is ideal for Second Position, but works works great in many other positions too, especially Third (nice useful bends in the top octave), Fifth (good expression in the top end), Second Position Minor (no need to overblow to get the flat 3rd ), Eleventh and Twelfth (great expression in the top octave).
 
Buying Advice
Own-Brand POWERDRAW Harps - An Affordable way to Try PowerDraw!
August 2018: We are proud to announce the new model, a traditional sandwich-comb design made by the respected Easttop company. It is a real step forward from the old version: better response, open-back covers for loud volume, long-lasting phosphor bronze reeds.

Product Code: BPPD

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