[ok – short answers]
1) What are you using to score your stuff? Either cassette tape or mini disc.... that's my only way of transcription if this is what the question was about.
2) What are you using to create diagrams? Nothing – non applicable.
3) How long does it take you to create a playable arrangement? I typically spend a few days thinking about it, then I just go for it live in studio.
4) Are there certain things you cannot play because of your tuning? No, but I must add this is why I have several instruments all set up differently.
[now for the long answer]
I was waiting for questions like this to be raised, because as an experimental musician who basically improvises through both trial and error, or spontaneously… I have no means of “writing my score” other than actual recording on to either tape or disc.
Oddly enough, this has worked very well for me for many many years, yet anytime I am on a forum and start seeing all these things about notes and things of that nature – I am truly a fish out of water.
So, while some may feel that I am severely limited by not having any musical knowledge, I am still very satisfied with my compositions and playing technique’s, which again are anything but typical…
For instance, I for one would never want to play a cover of a song, I simply see no reason to do so, it’s been done already so I figure just let it be.
But on the other hand, I am very big into the idea of getting into soundtrack work, dabbling with experimental films, that sort of thing – because I feel I could work very well in such an environment.
Big George W
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
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