Kniri Knaus
Lindenplatz 4
CH-5042 Hirschthal

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Update: 02.10.2023

08.10.2023, Bourbonstreet Jazzband, Stadttheater Winterthur

19.10.2023, Jazzkonzert, Rest.Rössli, Rheinfelden 20:00-22:00

26.10.2023, Dr. Wim's Jazz Affair, Rest. Corona, Freiburg-Littenweiler (DE), ab 20:00

18.11.2023, Small Town Kids, Jazzclub Nebikon

21.11.2023, Mississippi Stompers, Rest. Schützen, Aarau,  ab 19:30.

07.01.2024, Small Town Kids,  Gottesdienst und Jazz , Ref. Kirche Dagmersellen, 10:00

31.01.2024, Bourbonstreet Jazzband Luzern, Restaurant Stadtkeller, Luzern


Alternate Tunings 

Ideas for Diatonic Harmonica und Cajun Accordion

Hohner Blues Harp Harmonica - Key of B Flat | Sweetwater

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 invented a continuous scale for diatonic instruments."Kniri 221". On a 10 hole harmonica, this allows to play 5 different mixolydian major scales and 5 different natural minor (aeolian) scales, which are related/similar to the circle of 4ths (and 5ths).
The nice thing about this is if you blow or draw any four notes right next to then it will always result in a flat7th-chord major, diminished or minor, depending where you are.This makes it very easy if you want to use the instrument to accompany someone and for improvisation.


Kniri 221 Tuning

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)



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

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


"MIXO-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 MIXO-Kniri Tuning



CIRCULAR BLUES   (Tuning C)  (Kniri Knaus)

C,Em,G,Bdim,Dm,F,Adim,Cm :   chords blow

C   E   G   B   D   F   A   C   Eb   G  :  BLOW

1   2   3    4   5   6   7   8    9   10  :  HOLES

D   F   A   C   E   G   Bb   D   F   A   : DRAW

                   Eb  Gb                       : bendings

Dm,F,Am,C,Edim,Gm,Bb,Dm  :  chords draw

C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C,D,Eb,E,F,Gb,G,A,Bb,C,D,Eb,F,G,A : SCALE




Sondergestimmte Accordions (Cajun Accordion/Melodeon)

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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