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The Summer NAMM Recap
We have our NAMM show coverage complete and available for your viewing pleasure at various locations on our site.
Check out our videos--over 90 of 'em--in the dedicated forum called, appropriately enough, The Video Thread. While you're in the vicinity, be sure to gawk at and comment on the many photos that appear on the ever-popular (now 10,000 views and counting) Photo Thread, courtesy of your HC Team and our friends who took us up on our invitation to post. It's there you'll find the most discussions about the gear that was on display as well.
Be sure to comb the News section for NAMM-specific announcements. The releases come hot and heavy before, during, and after show time, so if you want to see what is new, what is (finally) shipping, and which products won "Best of Show" awards, be sure to page back through the News section. For an insightful and witty recap on the trends and general vibe in evidence at the show, check out Craig Anderton's "Dear Musician" here.
And if you don't take up the ukulele after this show, it isn't because the industry didn't try.
High-Strung/Nashville Tuning: 12-String Flavor Without a 12-String Guitar
A 12-string guitar has a unique sound, but let's face it—for many guitarists, buying a nice 12-string is a luxury, or at least a secondary purchase. However, there is a way to get similar shimmer with a 6-string guitar.
Nashville, or “high-strung” guitar, uses the octave strings from a 12-string set to replace a standard 6-string guitar's E, A, D, and G strings. The stock B and high E strings are left alone. The replaced strings are then tuned one octave higher than their normal 6-string counterparts. For single note and lead lines, this gives the guitar some unique octave jumps as you transition across the G and B strings, but the real magic happens when doubling parts that were recorded with a standard 6-string guitar. The High-Strung guitar adds in the octave strings of a 12-string, and due to the slight timing differences of the two performances, the effect can be even more "chorused" sounding than just playing the part on a regular 12-string.
High stringing can work with both electric and acoustic guitars. Some companies, such as D'Addario, sell prepackaged High Strung sets, but you can also easily create your own by purchasing individual strings. I normally recommend the following gauges, but feel free to adjust these to suit your own string gauge preferences:
Acoustic: E .027 (w), A .018 (pl), D .012, G .009, B .014, E .010
Electric: E .022 (w), A .016 (pl), D .010, G .008, B .011, E .009
If you have a spare 6-string guitar that you rarely play, try setting it up for Nashville tuning. Then the next time you need some extra shimmer, you'll be ready.
— Phil O'Keefe
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A few of this week's top discussions from our Forums
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The opening poster loudly proclaims his antipathy for electronic beat-keepers. But he’s really asking for help on ways to follow along to an external timing reference. His fellow forumites are only too happy to supply him with tips for playing to a master—without becoming a slave to it.
Missed out on Summer NAMM? It may be the little brother to the Anaheim insanity, but there were still a ton of surprises that prove ingenuity is alive and well in the music industry.
This is a pretty techy computer thread, but the speculation about how cloud computing could affect us, as musicians as well as computer users, is pretty interesting.
So you want to go fretless, but you’re not sure if you’re going to dig it. You want a good instrument so it doesn’t get in the way, but you don’t want to blow a wad of cash . . . see what the Bass forum recommends.
Are they worth it? Should you just use your ears? What produces the best results? There’s no better place to ask than the Drum Forum.
A guitarist who plays keys wanders into the Keys, Synths, and Samplers forum seeking advice on a good synth for his purposes. But the advice covers a lot more bases than just that, with a discussion of pros and cons regarding a variety of synths.
Frequency Range of Early 1960s Recordings
Does practicing on different guitars mess up muscle memory? Or does it make you more tolerant of variations, so that differences matter less? Do different guitars provide different types of inspiration? This thread provides some very interesting viewpoints.
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