Marine Band Natural Minor Tunings

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The natural minor tuning on a Marine Band harmonica offers a hauntingly beautiful sound that’s perfect for playing melancholic melodies and soulful blues.

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The natural minor tuning on a Marine Band harmonica offers a hauntingly beautiful sound that’s perfect for playing melancholic melodies and soulful blues. Unlike the standard Richter tuning, which is diatonic, the natural minor tuning alters certain notes to fit the natural minor scale without requiring bending or overblowing techniques.

In natural minor tuning, the draw notes of the harmonica are tuned to the minor scale, creating a rich, mournful quality. The layout typically features a flattened third, sixth, and seventh scale degrees compared to the major scale, evoking a sense of longing and introspection in your playing.

For example, on a Marine Band harmonica in natural minor tuning, the third draw note is flattened to achieve the minor third interval, essential for capturing the characteristic minor tonality. Similarly, the sixth and seventh draw notes are also tuned down to complete the minor scale.

This tuning configuration opens up a world of expressive possibilities for musicians looking to convey emotions like sadness, yearning, or introspection through their harmonica playing. Whether you’re exploring traditional folk tunes, improvising over blues progressions, or adding a touch of melancholy to your compositions, the natural minor tuning on a Marine Band harmonica is a versatile and evocative choice.

Reed plates (material, thickness): brass, 0.9 mm
Reed plates (surface): brass
Reeds (number, material): 20, brass
Comb (material, color): pearwood, brown
Comb (finish): double lacquered
Mouthpiece (surface): pearwood
Cover plates: stainless steel
Keys: HG, F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G
Type: diatonic
Tuning: Richter, Harmonica Minor and Natural Minor.
Nm and hm just in F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G
Number of holes: 10
Tonal range: 3 octaves
Length: 10 cm / 3.9”

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