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Plankspanker52

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I've just begun tapping on a Krappy 10 string that I received a month ago. It's a beautiful instrument and it sounds and plays great.
My problem is that when playing scale patterns, the notes sound fine when going up the fretboard, but don't sound very well when decending. Is this a common problem solved by practice or could it be a set up issue? There is no string buzz or dead frets and it's only a problem when decending.
I've been playing guitar for 50+ years and this is really slowing me down. Frustrating.
Anyone else heard of this?
Thanks for any advice you can offer.

Robert
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rodan07

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Hi Robert! My very first Chapman Stick lesson, back in the fall of '87, dealt with this, among other technical challenges. The physics of ascending vs. descending patterns are just very different. 

When you're going up, fingers don't get in each others' way, but when you're descending, you have to work  your technique:

Play three notes on one string, descending, half steps apart. Play the first note, and prepare the next. An instant before the 2nd note hits, lift up the finger playing the first note and get it out of the way. The string will rise up and be ready to be hit by the next finger. 

It helps if you apply this technique on ascending patterns as well - that way you keep the same articulation and attack for both rising & falling passages. 

If you master this you might wind up looking at your old way of playing ascending passages as a special effect, sort of an ultra-legato way of playing. 

Rodan
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Plankspanker52

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Thank you for the quick reply, Rodan! Having limited resources about specific Krappy Stick issues, I had no idea if this was a common problem or if it might be a set up issue. This has cleared it up for me and will simply work more diligently on the technique.
Again, thanks so much!

Robert
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gvella

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you can also do pulloffs which adds a nice effect.
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Plankspanker52

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I have indeed been working at pull-offs and once conquered will come in handy. The inconsistency between acending and decending lines just didn't make sense to me and I'm still struggling a bit with it.
I really appreciate the advice!

Robert
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