Wilde Tuning was created by internationally acclaimed rock and blues harmonica player Will Wilde
"I designed the Wilde tuning specifically for playing blues rock and hard rock music. As much as I love Richter tuning, I have always found it somewhat frustrating when it comes to playing rock 'guitar like' minor pentatonic/ blues licks in the upper octave. The Wilde tuning addresses all of the frustrations I had with Richter tuning, whilst still retaining the familiar bluesy feel of classic second position harmonica playing that we all know and love."
Whereas the Richter tuning was initially designed for playing major scale melodies in first position (it was never intended to play blues, hence the missing flat 5 and minor third in the upper octave), Wilde tuning has been carefully designed with second position rock & blues playing in mind, and so allows you to play minor pentatonic & blues scale licks throughout all three octaves of the instrument without the need for overblows. It also allows you to use much more expression and vibrato because ALL of the draw notes bend, and your root note always lands on a draw. This concept was inspired by Brendan Power's 'Powerbender' and 'Powerdraw' tuning, but the Wilde tuning's configuration is geared more towards rock and blues playing.
Wilde tuning is very intuitive to play because holes one to five are exactly the same as standard tuning. Holes six, seven and eight are exactly the same as holes two, three and four (just an octave higher). Hole nine is the same as hole two (but two octaves higher) and the reeds in hole ten are reversed (so the blow bend is now a draw bend). All of this makes fast minor pentatonic and blues scale runs much easier in the upper octave because you no longer need to overblow to get the flat third, or overdraw to get the flat five: they are now available as simple draw bends.
I think that the Wilde tuning is the configuration that every aspiring blues rock harp player has been waiting for."
Will Wilde (Creator)