MatthewVanitas Posted December 9, 2013 Share Posted December 9, 2013 I rented the Elise last week, to see what the Hayden system was like, and it really appeals to me as a simple and logical way to play at least 4 different keys for the kinds of music I play, which is, like Mr. Vanitas here, mostly Americana ,folk, some hymns, gospel, and the like. I have spent perhaps 8 hours with it, and am so encouraged as to want to learn from other Elise players how far they may have "pushed" the instrument, and in what directions? For instance, has anyone kept up in a session, in D and G, particularly? Any quick fiddle tunes? How about ragtime? It seems to me that it should be pretty facile in these types. Though I play some ITM session tunes just on my own and home for fun, at least at my skill level and with an inexpensive box like the Elise I'm not sure session speed is viable. Check back when I get my Morse Beaumont in another year of practice! So far as what I use it for, this week I took it to one folk jam and one practice for my friend's acoustic rock band. For the folk jam, where volume mattered and on some songs I had to demonstrate the chord progression for folks who didn't know the tune; on that I largely just did root-fifth chords on my left hand, and would play a complementary higher note on my right. Once a song got rolling and we didn't need something so heavy (or had a song everyone was familiar with) I'd back it off and largely play melody on my right while playing one note (usually root or fifth) of the current chord on my left. For the band practice, I'm playing with an acoustic guitar and electric bass, so the low and harmonic aspect is covered by them, so I largely do high countermelodies on the right hand, which helps add to the "psychedelic" sound of the tunes, largely dark and flowing songs of moderate pace. With the encouragement of the guitarist, I've been working a lot at adding dissonance, particularly intervals of a 2d. This is really easy on the Hayden layout, since if I'm playing a D and want that dissonant 2d I can just slide my finger a bit so it's sitting on both the D and the E. When I use the left at all, it's to do octave effects mimicking the right hand (particularly if I'm trying to do a loud dissonance or drone), or at some points where we need less high deedley-dee notes, I use the left hand root-fifth chords, and just slowly swell in volume, trying to vary the effect by dynamics rather than notes. So that's what I'm doing so far. After two years of just casually playing the Hayden at home alone mostly, playing with others regularly has taught me a lot. Both the dynamics/dissonances utility, and also simple things like "don't try to hit two consecutive notes with the same finger" since it does really noticeable slow the reaction time on the chord change. Also I used to use two fingers to finger 2-note chords, but found that slow and unnecessary, so building the habit of doing two buttons per finger on accompaniment if I need a partial chord. That said, I'm also using chords less since after recording myself I realized that a big resonant root-fifth chord when I'm playing solo really drowns out my melody, so even solo I'm more frequently just hitting one note of the chord for sparser accompaniment. I'm still unsubtle in the timing though, just hitting a chord and holding it until the next chord, so I really need to work on applying rhythm to my left hand, and yet further pursuing the "less is more" of accompaniment. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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