Like the Irish Session Harp, my unique Slide Diatonic has the outward form of a chromatic harmonica – but it’s not! Instead of raising the notes a semitone, the slider raises the notes to the next note of the home scale. It comes in two keys, G and D, and the home scale is diatonic in 3 octaves – hence the name Slide Diatonic.
Since you only play in the natural built-in modes of the harp, the Slide Diatonic is super-easy to learn. If you can play a do-re-mi scale on any other harmonica, you can instantly play the Slide Diatonic. Then just dab on the slider to get tasty, in-key trills and decorations on all the notes! You’ll quickly be playing authentic-sounding cuts, rolls and other decorations in G, D, Am, Em, Bm – in fact, ALL the main keys and modes found in 90% of Irish music.
My new Slide Diatonic is truly a sweet-sounding harp, and a lot of fun to play! Ordering is at http://www.brendan-power.com under the Harmonicas tab.
Thanks to Dave Ireland for shooting and editing the video.