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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #25 on: Nov 08, 2006, 06:35:46 AM »
 
That reads like an interview with the late, great Michael "fiddleboy" McCanless (Hank III) I read recently:
http://tvcasualty.com/articles/a_mccan.html
TV: Do you play any other instruments?

MM: No, not really. Again, that goes back to my parents. They instilled in me the idea that if you play a lot of different instruments you'll end up splitting your talent and attention between them, and end up being "okay" at a lot of different things. On the other hand, if you pick just one thing and put all you've got into that one thing, then you'll have the chance to excel and be as good as you can possibly be at that one thing. (Not that playing violin / fiddle is all I know, but as far as instrumental work goes, that's my one thing.)
Quick, somebody tell Mark O'Connor! ;)

I'm going to be honest and say I don't really agree with that; there's been plenty of musicians that play several instruments very well. If you got the will and time, you can master anything.

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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #26 on: Nov 09, 2006, 10:30:25 PM »
To an extent I agree, but I want to point out that all of the musicians mentioned so far learned their instruments as children, and were playing at high levels on multiple instruments by the time they were teenagers!  That's not really the situation I was thinking of.  I don't discount the power of hard work and single-mindedness but I think that it may be more effective when you're young! -Steve
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #27 on: Apr 19, 2007, 05:15:54 AM »
Two days ago, had some waiting-time to fill, so I wandered into a music store. 
Only one fiddle in the place so I ignored it. 

Nice fella running the place very kindly answered all my questions about... electric basses!
Hooked up the most beautiful one for me to try. 

I have been, now & then, toying with the idea of getting a cheap beginner's complete bass set. 
But, wondering if I Really want one, or if I just think I do.  (I mean, I've never even touched one before!)

YEAH, I want one. 

Unfortuantely, now I want the one I can't afford!!  (Plus even if I could afford it, I'm not willing to spend more money on a non-fiddle instrument than I've ever spent on either of my fiddles!)

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The really nice thing about that particular bass.... it was a 5-string.  :D  And the extra string was an extra-low string!  wWwoOoomMMmmm....  I really want one of these things...   

Seems these things are normally tuned in fourths.  I wonder if you could change the tuning, tune it in fifths so it would be more sensible to play?
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #28 on: Apr 19, 2007, 05:26:20 AM »
Upright basses are tuned in fourths, too.  I think it might be because of the reaches involved. 

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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #29 on: Apr 19, 2007, 06:48:52 AM »
You can get fretless electric basses they would be easy to tune in fifths  .... but you'd still be at the mercy of the "finger reach" problem outlined above.

I doubt you'd get a fretless at a beginner bass price though :(

but ... if you bought a beginner 5 string electric bass, and an angle grinder, it'd still be lots cheaper than buying a fretless bass.  ;D ;D

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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #30 on: Apr 19, 2007, 10:16:16 AM »
Seems these things are normally tuned in fourths.  I wonder if you could change the tuning, tune it in fifths so it would be more sensible to play?
The way to do this is on one of those Ashbory basses with the silicone strings, since it has a scale length of 19", the reaches involved are no worse than a banjo, Irish bozouki or octave mandolin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashbory_bass
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #31 on: Apr 19, 2007, 12:51:27 PM »

Ashbory basses with the silicone strings, since it has a scale length of 19",

Hey, that's not even too very expensive!  ...hmmm.....

But then I start thinking........I wonder, they compared the scale length to a violin..............
wonder if a curved bridge could go on one of those??   ;D 8)
wonder if those strings would work with a bow?? 8)  ;D 8) ??
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #32 on: Apr 19, 2007, 02:05:28 PM »
You'd have to bow with an excruciatingly accurate touch, or else get a sound way beyond deranged cow. Because those strings are so short, they are really soft.
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #33 on: Apr 19, 2007, 02:13:48 PM »
But then I start thinking...
If I had bothered to "think", I'd have never gotten one, and that would be truly regrettable. ;D
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wonder if a curved bridge could go on one of those??   ;D 8)
If you can build a new bridge with a pickup in it, go for it. The bridge IS the pickup in this thing.
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wonder if those strings would work with a bow?? 8)  ;D 8) ??
Sadly, no... there isn't enough tension in the strings for a bow to work. I have given some thought to building a "Gizmotron" style device to give a bowed effect, but it would be hard to get it to work well. An eBow won't work because the strings are plastic and pretty much unaffected by magnetic fields. :(
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #34 on: Apr 19, 2007, 02:45:23 PM »
Hey that Ashbory thing is fretless isn't it?

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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #35 on: Apr 20, 2007, 06:28:19 AM »
Hey that Ashbory thing is fretless isn't it?
Indeed it is, the things that look like "frets" are actually just markers... and not all that accurate. You have to listen while you're playing...
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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #36 on: Jun 27, 2007, 09:37:21 PM »
Hey, that's not even too very expensive!  ...hmmm.....

But then I start thinking........I wonder, they compared the scale length to a violin..............
wonder if a curved bridge could go on one of those??   ;D 8)
wonder if those strings would work with a bow?? 8)  ;D 8) ??

Hehe, I came across what you need in Buxton, it was just 3 strings though, but it was a bass fiddle. Really fun to play ;D


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Re: I just got a guitar!
« Reply #37 on: Jun 27, 2007, 10:50:19 PM »
Oooohhh... 

what are the strings?  How is it tuned?


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