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|04-15-2010, 06:24 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
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Chapman Stick/megatar tunings..
Anyone experiment with different tunings on these devices? Ive been researching for afew hours, I think after I finish my main 7 string, im gonna look into getting one.. but the reverse-5ths bass tuning is somewhat of a turn-off on the Chapman stick.
Looking at Megatar tunings, they use more of a "Bass bottom" tuning.. Then I found this video, that looks really effective/effecient..
(I know the guy himself isnt that good, but for the sake of this thread, just look at how he has his megatar tuned)
Its basically Bass bottom on the right half of the neck, meaning your left hand (which is going underneath the neck) will be able to reach up easily and grab the lowest string.. and that leaves your right hand for melody, on the "bass" side of the neck, perfect for right hand tapping chordal shapes.
Anyone try this specific tuning? Think it has potential?
Edit: seems theres a lot more Megatar videos using this tuning.. such as this. which is neat.
Now something more in the vein that appeals to me.. Funky chords with a nice bass line underneath!
|04-15-2010, 08:46 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Newark, DE
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First I went with matched reciprocals (4ths for treble, 5ths for bass). Its handy because you can do high range chording on the bass side of the neck. I eventually switched to 4ths because I am covering alot of music and 5ths were just impractical. Its not quite matched 4ths either. I have the bass start at D and the treble start at C so that my hands stay out of eachother's when playing in the same key on both sides of the neck.
I still have mine strung in a crossed tuning, meaning its like a chapman stick. Both low strings start in the middle, the treble going toward the floor, the bass going up. I feel more comfortable playing in a crossed tuning, but its really a matter or personal preference.
Here is a big list of tunings on the chapman site.
www.stick.com - Instruments and Tunings
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|07-23-2010, 12:59 AM||#4|
Join Date: Jan 2008
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I was set on having my Stick bass strings in 4ths and after some time with the matched/parallel 4ths, found that the mirrored version (with lowest bass string in the middle, so the strings are inverted) was far more flexible for chord voicing and accompaniment possibilities. All my videos and the music on my new album feature this tuning if you're interested in hearing it demonstrated, it does lend itself to a particular kind of sound (sort of a cross between bass and acoustic guitar on the bass strings).