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Update:  03.06.2023

16.06.2023, Riverstreet Jazzband, Jazz Night Wohlen AG, abends

21.06.2023, New Orleans Hot Shots Marching Band, Murten, abends

30.06.2023, Riverstreet Jazzband, Altersheim Mühlefeld, Erlinsbach, 18:00-21:00

01.07.2023, Riverstreet Jazzband, Museumsfest, Dorfmuseum Suhr, abends

10.07.2023, Red Hot Serenaders Orchestra, Jazztage Lenk

11.07.2023, Bourbonstreet Jazzband, Jazztage Lenk

05.08.2023, Small Town Kids, Chevroux

10.08.2023, Mississippi Stompers, Waldhaus Rest. Gehren, Erlinsbach , abends

11.08.2023, Red Hot Serenaders Orchestra, Schiff-Fahrt, Vierwaldstätter See, Luzern

13.08.2023, Riverstreet Jazzband, Matinée, Open Air, beim Gemeindesaal, Buchs bei Aarau

19.08.2023, Mississippi Stompers, Areal Emil Frey Classic-Center, Safenwil, 18:00-21:00

27.08.2023, Bourbonstreet Jazzband, Jazz unter den Linden, Rohr/Aarau, Matinée

14.09.2023, Mississippi Stompers, Jazzclub Ladengasse Ebikon, abends

08.10.2023, Bourbonstreet Jazzband, Stadttheater Winterthur

18.11.2023, Small Town Kids, Jazzclub Nebikon


Kniri 221  Alternate Tunings  

Alternative Tonanordnung-Ideen
für diatonische Mundharmonika und Cajun Accordion

Hohner Blues Harp Harmonica - Key of B Flat | Sweetwatercajun accordion on PopScreen


B* = H deutsch,  Bb = B deutsch


G/B*/D/F/A/C/Eb/G/Bb/Db  blow , chords- G7, Bdim, Dm7, F7, Adim, Cm7, Eb7, Gdim   
1  2  3   4   5  6   7   8  9  10                     

A/C/E/G/Bb/D/F/Ab/C/Eb   draw , chords- Am7, C7, Edim, Gm7, Bb7,Ddim, Fm7, Ab
Ab   Eb, Gb     Db, E     B*,D   bendings


Kniri 221 (cyclic scale in the circle of 4ths)


I have been experimenting with alternative tunings for diatonic 1-Row Accordions (Cajun Accordion, Melodeon)
I was looking for an easier way to play the Blues with the common three chords (C, F and G7 in the key of C). After playing around for some time I found continuous scales for diatonic instruments. This means that the notes do always have the same steps. This allows to play different major or minor scales and 16 different triads, which are related/similar to the circle of 4ths. The nice thing about this is if you pull or draw any three buttons right next to each other then it will always result in a chord (triad in root position), major, diminished or minor depending where you are.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp6xxHNpiE0 Demo in Cm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnB2pLieLoQ  Demo in Eb




"Richter-Kniri" Tuning 
Demo Youtube Blues in C


Diese Stimmung (Tonanordnung) ist eine Kombination
von Richter- und Spiral-Stimmung Kniri 221

1.Position für Folk und Country (z.B. F-Dur)

2.Position für Jazz und Blues (z.B. C-Dur und A-Moll)

Melodien in Moll (D-Moll und G-Moll)


 Richter 2-5    Kniri 221

A/C/F/A/C/D/F/A/C/Eb    blow  ,  chords- F-F6-Dm7-F7-Adim


C/E/G/Bb/C/E/G/Bb/D/F  draw ,  chords- C7-Edim-Gm7-Bb

B*Eb,Gb        Eb,Gb     Db,E  bendings


scale: A,C,C,Eb,E,F,Gb,G,A,Bb,C,C,D,Eb,E,F,Gb,G,A,Bb,C,D,Eb,F

blow: hole 6-10  and  draw: hole 5-10 
similar "Kniri 221" blow: 3-7 and draw: 2-7


"Kniri" Tuning  (C
mixolydian blues scale bluenotesEb+Gb
bendings   Bb draw  Eb blow

A/D/F/A/C/D/F/A/C/Eb    blow  ,  chords- Dm7-F6-F7-Adim


C/E/G/Bb/C/E/G/Bb/D/F  draw ,  chords- C7-Edim-Gm7-Bb

B*Eb,Gb        Eb,Gb     Db,E  bendings


scale: A,C,D,Eb,E,F,Gb,G,A,Bb,C,C,D,Eb,E,F,Gb,G,A,Bb,C,D,Eb,F

blow: hole 6-10  and  draw: hole 5-10 
similar "Kniri 221" blow: 3-7 and draw: 2-7

Demo Kniri Tuning



Sondergestimmte Accordions (Cajun Accordion/Melodeon)

cajun accordion on PopScreen

BluesÖrgeli  Kniri 221

Blues in C

B*englisch = H deutsch,  Bb englisch = B deutsch

A C E G Bb D F Ab C Eb - gestossen
G B* D F A C Eb G Bb Db - gezogen

G B* D F A C Eb G Bb Db- gestossen
F# A C E G Bb D F Ab C - gezogen

E G Bb D F Ab C Eb Gb Bb- gestossen
D F A C Eb G Bb Db F Ab - gezogen