Tonality of the month: MinReach

The February 2021 tonality of the month is MinReach or harmonic minor — a Reach (or harmonic) heptatonality.

1) MinReach rhythmic sound sample — 0:31 loop — plays until stopped or you go to another page on this tab.
2) MinReach calm sound sample — 1:40 loop — plays until stopped or you go to another page on this tab.
3) MinReach calm sound sample expanded — includes the Guggisberg melody (more info below) — double 8-string guitar, bass, and crotales — January 2021 — 9:24 soundscape

We can recognize MinReach, also kown as harmonic minor, in the melody of the “Guggisberg-Lied” or “s’Vreneli ab em Guggisberg”. This is one of the most haunting and well-known Swiss folklore songs. It stirred up so much emotion that historically it was forbidden by the death penalty in Bernese regiments in the foreign legion. It tended to cause Swiss soldiers to desert and go home.

You may enjoy a sound sample loop, such as the one of the tonality of the month, as sound mantra for contemplation or meditation, for upliftment, focusing, or simply for relaxation and regeneration as soothing background sound. Further, you could hum or chant along, for example using HU or another mantra, and tune yourself to the fundamental.

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Holding up the sky on the Guggershörnli — Sept. 2014 — photo by Sabina Haas
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Stairway into the light — path onto the Guggershörnli, Switzerland — Sept. 2014