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These are designed to be played strapped on in a somewhat vertical position, with the 2 hands playing from either side as with a tap guitar.
It's essentially a keyboard modified to be as slim as possible, often with the white keys trimmed.
http://verticalkeyboards.com/

Elaine Walker (in the photo on the homepage) is a well known and very accomplished microtonal musician and theorist, so many of these keyboards do not have the conventional pattern of black and white keys.
Here's a video of her in performance using a vertical keyboard and playing in the 'Bohlen-Pierce' tonal system, which in its equally-spaced form is 13 equal divisions of the 'tritave'. The tritave is an alternative scale-repeating interval to the octave, it is a tripling of frequency instead of the octave's doubling, it is close to an octave plus a fifth.



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Damn! I did not expect to like that but I really did. Great piece and terrific performance How do I find more of that.?
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[whoa... thought I had a comment here, I must be getting senile !!}

 

This is real amazing stuff, this video... and Elaine's instruments are truly fascinating not too mention her music and performance.

I'm going to have to check that out some more.... 

It's funny - I actually thought that was some kind of modified Indian or Turkish stringed instrument set up for midi, you know - those instruments with the movable frets.

Now there's something worth exploring !!


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Elaine Walker's music is very 'accessible' for microtonal music, that piece was actually a less accessible piece.
She has a space-electro-pop project called 'Zia'. Music https://ziaspace.bandcamp.com/music



^ 19 equal divisions of the octave

Microtonal guitars, microtonality and 'Just Intonation' are some other interests of mine. I spent a few years learning about the maths and history of tonal systems.
I have developed a weird tuning and weird playing method that allows Just Intonation to be played on normally fretted instruments, lots of strings helps with this so a touchguitar is ideal for this tuning.
For a thread full of microtonal guitar stuff (and not just microtonal metal, the thread became a general microtonal guitar thread) see https://www.sevenstring.org/threads/microtonal-metal.202859/
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Wow.... now that sounds interesting !!
I just had a revelation myself on a possible different tuning for my Ironwood Stick...
I was sent a set of strings which appear to be very different than what I should have received, it's like 2 bass and maybe 6 melody strings ?? I dont know but I got into thinking once I mic things up to see what's what gauges I was sent because suddenly I am seeing this misfortune as a huge blessing because it will force me to completely rethink how I should tune it.
Like one of Brian Enos Oblique Strategies: Honour thy hidden intent.
Today is going to be a great day !!
And it is because I find your words here very inspiring....

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