Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Various Microphone Positions

Move your head down near the guitar body while your playing it - it sounds remarkably different at different locations. When you're recording there are lots of possible places to put the microphones. Two microphones gives you lots of possibilities. In this video I explore 6 locations.

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to replace a string on a 12-string guitar

Replacing strings on a 12 string is twice the work of a six string, but there are short cuts. First, get yourself a Strings Winder if you don't already have one. They are dirt cheap, and save you a bundle of time. 12-string guitars don't need any special kind.

Here's a brief tutorial:
How to replace a string on a 12-string guitar

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Is this a type of compression?

I've been listening a lot to Leo Kottke's early masterpiece album "6 and 12 String Guitar". The guitar sound is very detailed; it's just wonderful to listen to, and I find it especially fun to listen to with earphones. It sounds like the 12-string had one mic close to the fingerboard, another near the right hand, and a third up by the headstock.

12-string Unison

Parallel Perspectives - Art Sulger c.1980
I replaced the octave strings with unison strings for all but the lowest 2 courses on the LKSM-12. It sounds much better for finger-picking anything complex, and it sounds particularly nice on Bach pieces.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Unison courses in a 12-string guitar

In addition to the Rickenbacker Trick on swapping high and low strings in some of the octave pairs, I've been playing with unison strings on everything but the middle two pairs.  So, for a 12-string guitar in standard tuning, here's what the pairs look like starting at the first, highest pair. Note that small letters are an octave higher than capital letters:

e e  
b b
g G
d D

It's in this video:
Slow Blues in A