Since the 1940’s and John Cage, Prepared Piano has become the most common means by which to expand the sound of this classic instrument.
With Harmonik Mutes™ & SpiderCapo together, we can prepare our guitar in any number of ways to expand its’ sound palette. I call this Prepared Guitar.
The picture is an example . The 6th & 5th strings are capoed at the 8th fret.
The 3rd & 4th are not changed. The 2nd & 1st are muted at the 7th fret natural harmonic.
The plucked strings will make the sounds, from 6th to 1st string:
C, F, D, G, F# Up 1 Octave, B Up 1 Octave.
The palette is expanded by:
-Playing in front OR behind the “harmoniked” 1st & 2nd strings.
-Flip the FINGERS of the 6th & 5th strings.
For me, this preparation opens many new sound paths.
Try your own! You can always capo 1 fret above ANY natural harmonic, as I have done here at the 7th fret harmonic.
Kudos to Martin Blanes for first discovering this technique. Enjoy!
Twisted Sister’s Eddie Ojeda, says “This thing f’n rules….seriously, it is the only thing I consider a string cleaner”
He was quite distant during that. It was kind of odd. He was in orbit. His place was on the stage. And when he was off stage, he was not there at all. Occasionally, after a few drinks, he would be alright. But generally he was a little bit strange. Obviously now, I totally understand it.
Thom Yorke on Michael Stipe’s demeanor during their 1995 tour.
WE DROVE TO INDIANA
we kick off cmj with the stereogum/popgun party tonight tuesday 10:30pm at glasslands. rsvp/buy tickets here.
four new songs…
Our friends - and one of our favorite bands - Mr. Dream begin a six show, five night CMJ marathon this evening. If you have not yet seen them, check them out. And if you have, then you know.
I definitely found [The String Cleaner] worked positively. By using it after every playing session, the strings resisted corrosion for a noticeably longer period of time and retained their punch longer as well. Regarding ease of use, there really wasnt any difficulty or high time requirements. Overall i would say that it was very effective and did not add any cumbersome rituals to my playing.
Jeff Mangum - who you might know by his performing pseudonym of Neutral Milk Hotel - graciously filled the void left in the wake of the Radiohead rumors, by showing up at the Occupy Wall Street protests and giving a surprise, intimate performance last night.*
*or about as intimate as something can be in the middle of Manhattan
Dave Chiappetta & Steadfast Charlie will be playing a special CMJ show on Thursday Oct. 20th. And tickets are FREE. AND there will be an OPEN BAR from 8-9pm. FOR REAL.
ToneGear’s quest for world domination - or at least minor world recognition - continues, as Lenker Music of New Zealand is now carrying ALL ToneGear items. That’s right. ALL. ToneGear and Lenker: A match made in New Zealand…
…We’re still working on the slogan.