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A fun thing I created tonight working off of some of the comments that I received from the previous post. I tried going in direct to interface this time with the Railboard (No Boss GT1000), and used the Logic Amp Designer to dial in something interesting (to me) Less of a compressed bass sound and something I think a bit more clickety-clack tappity-tap. 

Of course, it's a guitar based tune - (poor wah pedal...) but it is severely Railboard driven and a bit umm looser as I kind of wanted to "rock" and improvise most of the stuff. 160 bpm, lots of stuff going on here harmonically and melodically. I won't bore y'all with the details, but let's just say that just because The Stick isn't the main focus doesn't mean that the parts are "easy". Each instrument contributes to be a part of a bigger picture, everything works together (I think) I hope you guys like it...

So the theme of the tune is, y'know a change of seasons kind of thing - at what point do you stop "getting ready" for something and instead just "do it"? Anyways, it was a lot of fun to create, and again - I hope y'all are entertained one way or the other by it!

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So, this is guitar, railboard, and drums/etc... like a power trio ??

Pretty amazing how it all fits together if you ask me, and one hell of a way to begin this Sunday morning.

 

Sounds Great !!


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Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

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Of interest, somewhere ixlramp mentioned [I think !!] that perhaps you should be considering a single region instrument... I think he said that, I could be wrong... and I think it's even possible that you might have brought up the NS Stick....

Well, after much agonizing on my part - where I came so close to going with a Grand Stick, I am so glad i didn't because a] I already have a M.Megatar in Classis tunign for a Grand Stick and b] I am finding that with me, less is more.

Much of this summer was spent studying the styles and history of Trey Gunn, going back to Guitar Craft when Trey lived in NYC.

I make no secret that I am a huge fan of Treys, and while I felt his time with the Grand Stick was very very adventurous - he would not be where he is today if it was not for the creations of Mark Warr.

When Trey switched from Grand Stick to 8 string Warr Guitar during the K.C. double trio tours - something happened which set the path for Trey's future as a truly unique and gifted player.

Something also happened which would set the path to very serious wrist injuries, altering Treys path - but thankfully not stopping in it.

In art, there is always a price to pay.

Where I am going with this is I suddenly realized that I have to work with less in order to get more, hence my sudden switch over to 8 string Sticks.

I truly feel with the direction which you are showing here in your music - that it is possible that the NS Stick might be an instrument which would truly suit your needs, especially since it has that retractable damper...

Mine I am going to set up in single region 8 String Guitar Intervals [it's currently IMR God knows why........] because that is a real REAL rocking tuning !!!

My used SB-8 which is now being pushed into next year due to business needs at S.E. will be Interior Matched Reciprocal, because that instrument I want to be more of a bass instrument.

The new RB-8 will be set up Crafty - single region because I am seeking maximum tonal range there.

The RB-8 might actually make it later this year !!

But there is a real serious drive in your music, pushing the boundries and while I feel the Railboard is pushing you in the right direction, perhaps something with even less strings might work even better.

By the way - I'm getting rid of that rod that comes with the NS Stick and I will be putting a strap button in one of the holes which that rod picked up.

*If it works for Warr and Megatar, along with numerous other instruments - it will certainly work with the NS Stick.

But seriously, your music is really amazing, it gets my blood pumping, which is always a good thing 😉 

I'd love to hear you playing with a band - because I am assuming this is you in the studio doing all the magic.............


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Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Ampeg, Trace Elliot, Furman

 

 

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Hey man! Thanks for checking out the tune, and your kind words! Yes, this is me in my humble home studio where I treat the internet as my personal sketchpad. I do play out quite a bit, and have as a guitarist, bassist, violinist, and a stickist but I've never really bothered to videotape it. I suppose I could be a drummer too hahaha

The reason I bought a Stick in the first place was because I wanted to self accompany. I wanted to do what I do on bass and what I do on guitar, at the same time! For various reasons - usually that it's a scramble to find players sometimes, I decided to get a Stick. From the beginning it seemed really cool, but... awkward... To this day just holding the thing is a challenge, and even though the stand solves a lot of that, there is still an ergonomic issue - my RH wrist would absolutely ache sometimes. Mind you, I was practicing my Stick stuff for many hours a day and for like, 5 years and I really didn't get to where I wanted to go - BUT I did learn some very cool stuff, and it gave me another tool that I am actually pretty proficient at in my own way to use in whatever way I want.

Yeah, less strings might be the way to go, honestly...



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To me, the Stick is a very specialized instrument, which I do not feel is really meant for the masses - by virtue of what it is and what it is capable of.

Bill Bruford was on the money when he stated in his autobiography how there's maybe 10 people who can really play it, and for me it's Tony Levin who's work with Peter Gabriel in the late 1970s and King Crimson in the 1980s which really stands out - and prompted me to get a couple of Ironwoods.

But I soon realized that this was not going to be something I could ever master, so the Ironwoods I consider more as collector pieces, like fine art.

On the other hand, I am very excited about the 8 string Sticks - which I am going to play mono [I play everything mono - it's just easier that way..] because I view these Sticks as extended range instruments - as opposed to instruments for self accompany...

 

And yes - wrist injuries... I'd say Trey got his from over extending his wrist - bending it far too much, which I'm surprised he did - knowing that his is a former Guitar Craft student.

I always - always played my electric bass guitars real high up - like Jaco - because my wrists tended to stay straighter that way, and same with the Sticks and Megatar - infact - the Megatar is the instrument that fits me best as far as from a physical standpoint - it's like it was made for me - and I got a feeling the NS Stick will fit even better once I remove that rod and add a proper strap button in place.

Your drumming is great, and it is good to know you have other's to work with.

I do too - but in N.Y.C. which thankfully I can walk to the train and get to the Big Apple easily enough.

But wow... it is amazing how you create, produce, and put this powerful music out there - for all to hear............

It's truly a gift.


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           East Derby CT

Mobius Megatar - tuned in Classic Stick Tuning [5ths/4ths]

M.Megatar Toneweaver - tuned in Major 3rds

Warr Phalanx 12 - tuned in 5ths [melody], 4ths [bass]

NS Stick Transparent Green w/Moses graphite neck, tuned in 8-string Guitar Intervals

digitech, T.C. Electronics, ART, Lexicon, GK, Markbass, EA, Bag End, Guild/Hartke, SWR, EV, Radial, Ampeg, Trace Elliot, Furman

 

 

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