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Lap Steel Tuning Database
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Lap Steel
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Some Great Playing Here
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Lap Steel and Flute
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Joe Jones Fluxus Music Ma...
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Guitar Tuning(s)
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Lap Steel + Theramin
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Music for Three Theremins...
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Full Disclosure: I am not...
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11-27-2020, 12:54 PM
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How Much is it Really Wor...
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  Lap Steel Tuning Database
Posted by: Allan - 02-13-2021, 12:02 PM - Forum: Steel Guitars - No Replies

Here is a great web page that has nearly every popular lap steel tuning for 6, 7, and 8 string lap steel guitars.

https://papadafoe.com/lap-steel-tuning-database

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  Some Great Playing Here
Posted by: Allan - 02-13-2021, 11:53 AM - Forum: Performances - No Replies

Hedvig Mollestad Trio

https://youtu.be/GCMxBwPmJeg

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  Lap Steel and Flute
Posted by: bigdaddy - 12-27-2020, 01:06 PM - Forum: Performances - No Replies

https://revich.bandcamp.com/track/altus-amadeus-harmony

[url=https://revich.bandcamp.com/track/altus-amadeus-harmony][/url]A free improvisation recording by Allan Revich of Victoria, British Columbia. Composed of two improvised lap steel tracks (the first uses the guitar for percussion effects), and two flute tracks.

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  Joe Jones Fluxus Music Machines
Posted by: Allan - 12-11-2020, 05:26 PM - Forum: Homemade Instruments - No Replies

A YouTube video from an exhibition. 

Visitors playing with an installation of Joe Jones' instruments during the "Fluxus in Germany" exhibition, MNAC, Bucharest, Romania, Dec 2011

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  Guitar Tuning(s)
Posted by: Allan - 12-01-2020, 02:29 PM - Forum: Guitars - No Replies

Guitar is not my main instrument, so when I do play it, I tend to leave it in standard tuning. I also tune before I play. But with the flexibility afforded by free improvising and experimental music, I recognize that there are other options. Such as alternate tunings, de-tuning, and prepared guitar.

What do other improvisors do? Do you prefer to play more or less "in tune" with conventional (or alternate) tuning, or do you prefer the freedom and sonic adventure of detuning and/or preparing your guitar?

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  Lap Steel + Theramin
Posted by: Allan - 11-29-2020, 02:53 PM - Forum: Performances - No Replies

Jay & Allan on Bandcamp

https://revich.bandcamp.com/track/moonah...amin-steel

Revich.Bandcamp

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  Music for Three Theremins (No. 1)
Posted by: musicface - 11-27-2020, 02:28 PM - Forum: Electronic Music - Replies (5)

My friend Gabe very kindly gifted me with a theremin that he put together himself, using http://www.gaudi.ch/OpenTheremin/

This is my first attempt at a theremin composition, so feedback is very much appreciated but please be gentle! It's a really unique and interesting instrument to play, I'm looking forward to further explorations with it.

MP3 download: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hh0sad436qtwuy...stered.mp3

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  Full Disclosure: I am not a bassist!
Posted by: Allan - 11-27-2020, 12:54 PM - Forum: Bass Guitars - No Replies

OK... so why is someone who doesn't play bass posting in the Bass instrument forum? 

Because, if I, as a flute, harmonica, and lap steel guitar player, had to choose just one other instrumentalist to collaborate with in a free form improvisation; it would definitely be a bass player! All the instruments that I play are, what could be described as "top heavy". Playing together with a bass, gives performances a bottom end, and nothing like a bass to hold down a rhythm... even if it's a polyrhythm or multi-rhythm!

Would love to hear from some bassists who are into the free jazz / free improvisations scene!

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  How Much is it Really Worth?
Posted by: Allan - 11-27-2020, 12:48 PM - Forum: Musician Resources - No Replies

Many musicians buy and sell on Reverb.com, but did you know that they track the prices that instruments have actually SOLD for?

The Reverb.com Price Guide, is a fantastic resource if you plan to buy, sell, or insure, any musical instrument.

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  Ukuleles?
Posted by: Allan - 11-27-2020, 12:42 PM - Forum: Ukes, Mandos, and Tenors - No Replies

My personal POV... Ukuleles are awesome little instruments!

A uke is as good as any other instrument for free improvisations, and even better in some ways. It's small and portable, and seems to naturally lend itself to experimentation. Alternate tunings, and detuning/retuning takes only a few moments. And portability means you can put one in a backpack, or in the back seat. With the variety of prices and qualities available, it's possible to buy one for $30, and destroy it in a performance art or noise piece. And, it's also possible to spend well over $1000 to buy a serious musical instrument, capable of keeping up with any other quality instrument for demanding precision work.

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