The Harpejji: Awesome Tapping piano/guitar instrument

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  1. vontetzianos

    vontetzianos SS.org Regular

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    Hey,

    I don't know if this is the right place to post this. This is the Harpejji, a relatively new instrument designed to be played like a piano, but with the tone of a guitar. Kinda like a stick on a flat, wider fingerboard. An amazing instrument IMO, and of course, Jordan Rudess has one. :). I just thought I'd share.







    enjoy
     
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    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    Wow... that's really fascinating!
     
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    Nice, very interesting instrument :yesway:
     
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    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    that's awesome! looks like something i'd have a hard time wrapping my head around though :p
     
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    liamh Geek-chic

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    That's amazing, would be cool if god used it in the next Dream Theater album
     
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    I could imagine him using one on an album if he muted somehow and ran it with some distortion. He and and Petrucci are always trying to find novel ways of trying to match their sounds.
     
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    that was awesome :yesway:
     
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    that's interesting and really creative.
     
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    Thats sick.
     
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    MF_Kitten Set up us the bomb

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    now imagine that with a midi pickup and midi out :D

    seriously though, i would love to have that thing, though i assume it'd cost me more than i can cough up :p

    this video has me sold! :p
     
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    I was quite keen on sourcing one until I saw the price tag... over $3500 for one, but they are very cool instruments.
     
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    Raoul Duke This is bat country

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    Damn! GAS for one of them is rising ha ha

    They sound pretty awesome, pity about the price tag
     
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  14. yingmin

    yingmin Parker über alles

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    First the Continuum, now this. I can't wait until Jordan Rudess just starts playing a Stick.
     
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    I think he does have a Stick, everyone else in the band has one.

    The harpejji is really cool. There is another cool instrument called the Kelstone that is very unique and made for several different approaches like tapping, sliding, plucking strumming slapping...you get the picture. One cool thing about the Harpejji is that it has an electric string muting system similar to Dave Bunkers that he uses on his tapping guitars. Very nice indeed.
     
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    Jordan Rudess is so incredibly creative and tasteful. I'm not sure if the rest of his band has the latter quality.
     
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    yingmin Parker über alles

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    I think you have it exactly backwards.
     
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    Im so getting this one.... someday, it will be mine.... oh yes
     
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    I know I'll probably catch some backfire from this, but...

    saying Petrucci generally plays tastefully, at least in DT (he has his moments, like a lot of the stuff he did with just JR on their "A Night With..." album), is like saying he generally plays too few notes per second. Sure, he's fast, clean, and very skilled, but too many of his parts sound like guitar exercises to me, rather than useful, relevant guitar pieces. Maybe it's due to some expectation that he / the band have that every album should just be technically more difficult and complex than the last, but I feel they've progressively been less interesting to listen to. I've never liked James' vocals, at all - they sound very Broadway to me. For me, DT wouldn't be listenable without JR, and in some cases barely is even with him due to the vocals.

    I know I left Portnoy and Myung out of this assessment, and I generally think they're pretty damn good. I was thinking of it from a guitar / keyboard / vocals perspective.
     
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    I'm going the be the dissenter here, but I think that thing sounds like utter hell.
     

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