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 Any piano players have any advice for the Stick? 
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Post Re: Any piano players have any advice for the Stick?
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I get you. Just had another look at the tuning layouts on stick.com to visualise how that will "feel". Without having a stick to do this on of course it's hard to say for certain and you are FAR more experienced than I, but thinking ahead with your advice in mind I may prefer to put common low notes more in proximity to one another rather than prioritise just the note names.
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For example, the lowest two melody strings D and G notes are located at the 8th fret on the melody side, and these are always going to be three frets higher than the lowest D and G notes located at the 5th position on the bass side. That way I can always locate common roots and fifths as I dance around the board. I trust that makes sense? Though only time will tell!

Also, just watched your Free Hands Friday interview (#23?) and really enjoyed your input on good tone through fuller hand and finger movement. I think this ties in beautifully with your comment about the more percussive nature of the Stick as opposed to other stringed instruments.

I'm pretty sure that the 3 fret proximity you mentioned is one of the things Emmett really likes about the Matched Reciprocal tunings.

I guess it never really mattered to me that much. I just "know" the key at every position (all keys exist in all positions on the board, they just don't have the tonic as the lowest note)

As long as your hands are opening up away from each other, then the three fret span is a very handy reference. But if they are not, then what? Anyway, I'll not try to dissuade you (though I love my low C and I love my high D ;)) It's very easy to change the tuning if you decide you want to try something else.

I will say the linear inlays make it much easier to know where you are... They may not be "as petty", but being able to see each string exactly as it relates to the inlays in an instant is really helpful.

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greg wrote:
I'm pretty sure that the 3 fret proximity you mentioned is one of the things Emmett really likes about the Matched Reciprocal tunings.

I guess it never really mattered to me that much. I just "know" the key at every position (all keys exist in all positions on the board, they just don't have the tonic as the lowest note)

As long as your hands are opening up away from each other, then the three fret span is a very handy reference. But if they are not, then what? Anyway, I'll not try to dissuade you (though I love my low C and I love my high D ;)) It's very easy to change the tuning if you decide you want to try something else.

I will say the linear inlays make it much easier to know where you are... They may not be "as petty", but being able to see each string exactly as it relates to the inlays in an instant is really helpful.


Thanks for the advice sir! It's true, I can always change the tuning pretty easily. It'll either work out in the direction I've expected, in which case I'll probably end up with a second stick anyway, or it won't, and I'll convert it to DBR for dedicated bass stuff - whatever happens it'll be fine!


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