Wanted to bookmark this lovely and simple piece by Crafty Fabio Mittino. I must also say that I shamelessly covet the work of his luthier, the gloriously outside-the-box Rick Toone. Some day…
Anyway, here is “The City of K“:
Makes me want a harpguitar every time I hear it.
So. Ridiculously. Lovely.
Pretty simple, by Hedges’ technical standards, but then he would have been the first to remind you that he never considered himself a guitarist, but rather a composer who happened to pick up the guitar.
Which might sound a bit like false modesty, except Michael Hedges.
So there is at least one human being capable of this:
I’ve been aware of Michael Manring for a while now; I find his solo piece Selene to be one of the most gorgeous pieces of music I’ve ever heard, and in general I think it’s fair to say that his Hyperbass has been a gloriously worthwhile investment. Manring is, for me, firmly in the short list of bassists who have done things that (far as I can tell) nobody did before; he is so far beyond the “best of the Jaco clones” reputation that launched his early career, that he can no longer be dismissed as derivative. If Jaco was the Hendrix of the fretless bass, and Percy Jones something between its Robert Fripp and Fred Frith, then Manring might arguably be something between the Michael Hedges and the John McLaughlin. (To use, you know, comically simplistic analogies. 🙂
Ain’t nobody sounds like him. For that, alone, he earns my respect.
But it’s not that, alone. Just listen to what he does with it! Even watching his hands in real time, it’s still hard to believe, sometimes, that one man with one bass can do that.
An interesting tuning idea flashed across the brainwaves today, as I seem to continue to chew on the idea of the reentrant tuning. (It was relatively recently that the idea of the upside-down ukulele tuning occurred. Apparently this means I’m fascinated.)
The tuning would be for an 8-stringed, guitar-scaled instrument, and would proceed, from strings 8 to 1:
C2 – G2 – D3 – A3 – E4 – E3 – G3 – B3
Hm. Chicken scratch followed.
See, “eku” is “uke” upside down, and this tuning idea combines an upside down ukulele tuning with cello pitches…where the two 4-string groupings overlap the C2 and the G2 strings.
Maybe I should explain…