Re: Hey Dan!

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Posted by Dan on December 12, 2000 at 17:52:05:

In Reply to: Hey Dan! posted by Steve on December 11, 2000 at 08:55:39:

Thanks for the inquiry. I have listened to many other players to see if anyone has tried this and came up empty. All I can tell you is listen to a good banjo picker or peddle steel player. They play with a fast but complementary rhythem that fuses the lead or vocal with light percusion. What I do is similar except that I use all three picks to either pick, slap, tap, or wack the strings in different parts of the vibrating length to create distinct tonal qualities producing strong percusions.

Tapping a string near the bridge with a heavy fingerpick gives a hammer dulcimer tone. You talk bout attack. That spike of hitting the string sure sets your notes part from other instruments. You get several tones at once. One is the side to side vibration of the string but combined with the end to end vibrations established from the initial point of contact of the pick to the bridge that then travels end wise through the string producing a much higher frequency overtone. This drives effects systems wild and unleashes for me anyway a whole new method of bass expression.


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