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• 36" long x 7" wide x 2.5" deep
• 5 lbs. weight
• 1/4" wall thickness
• Plush lined interior
• Sturdy Protection.
• Fits nicely in aircraft overhead.
• Not intended for Airline Baggage Systems
The Built-in Pickup allows connecting the Strumstick to an amp, effects, PA, or computer interfaces. Plugging into an amp greatly increases the sound possibilities of the Strumstick; add Treble or Bass, play crystal clean or add " edge" to the sound (from a sharp bite to rock/blues/metal overdrive). Effects devices (stand-alone, or part of many amps) add spacey new-age echos and lush shimmering "fullness" to notes. With an appropriate interface device, you can record into Garage Band or many other recording applications. The Built-in Pickup is the access point for all these musical features.
Piezo-type pickup, Custom designed for the Strumstick by Schatten. 1/4" jack (standard guitar cable) connector.
To Add the Pickup; select it as an option when ordering your Strumstick. Or you can order it separately and send us a Strumstick you already have, we will install the pickup and return the Strumstick to you.
$ 18 $ 20
Simple strap, works well.
A Quick Start
Holding, Fretting, Strumming
Solutions to Possible Problems
The “Extra” Fret
Strumming Different Rhythms
Changing Notes While Strumming Rhythms
Care and Feeding
Amplifying your Strumstick
Capo and Alternate Tunings
Note Fingering Charts
Seven Easy Songs
$ 15 $ 22
This Video shows everything you need to know to start playing Strumstick. How to hold it, strum it, finger notes easily, how to tune, and how to play songs. It goes on to show how to play interesting rhythms, create songlets, do fancy techniques like sliding and hammering on, and using chords.
The DVD also comes with a wealth of supplemental material as computer readable DVD-ROM files; Strumstick Instruction Book, the complete Strumstick Instruction CD, the Strumstick Advanced Instruction Book, and more.
2. Part One: Getting Started
3. Part Two: Songlets
4. Part Three: Strumming and Rhythms
5. Part Four: Notes on Strings 2 & 3
6. Part Five: Playing Songs
7. Mary Had a Little Lamb
8. Songs with Notes on Other Strings
9. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
10. This Land is Your Land (basic)
11. Part Six: Fancy Stuff
This Land is Your Land (fancy)
12. Part Seven: Starting Chords
This Land is Your Land (with chords)
13. Part Eight: More Fancy Stuff
This Land is Your Land (advanced)
14. Appendix: Tuning and Chords
15. Tuning D Grand Strumstick
16. Tuning G Standard Strumstick
17. Tuning G Standard down to D
(to play with the Video)
18. Chords on D Grand
(with chord diagrams)
19. Chords on G Standard
(with chord diagrams)
20. Close-up views of Chord fingerings
$ 20 $ 22
A capo is a device (familiar to guitar players) which clamps all the strings at a particular fret, changing their pitch. With guitar, the capo simply changes the key. With the Strumstick, the capo changes the key, but also changes the type of musical scale you get.
Without Capo, key of G Major
Capo at 1st fret gives key of A minor
Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in B
Capo 3rd fret gives C Major
Capo 4th fret gives D minor or D Major
Without Capo, key of D Major
Capo at 1st fret gives key of E minor
Capo at 2nd fret gives a Bluesy scale in F#
Capo 3rd fret gives G Major.
Capo 4th fret gives A minor or A Major
Why does the capo change the scale as well as the pitch?
The Strumstick frets are designed to give a diatonic (major) scale. The scale is a pattern of whole steps and half steps. If you capo at the first fret, you raise all the strings (by a whole tone) but you also change the pattern of frets to a different scale. Each fret you place the capo at gives a different type of scale.
Tuning the Strumstick higher or lower will give different but similar results.
Keep in mind that the extra fret (fret number 6, the flatted seventh) may please or annoy you, depending on which fret you are capoed at. If that fret does not sound good, skip it when playing.
This portable amp is a great product, I was lucky enough to meet the Japanese man who designed it for Roland, and he really knows his stuff. I wish I had invented it; If I was an amp designer instead of an instrument designer, this is what I would want to have come up with. I have used it personally so many times, on batteries, at shows; it is loud enough for a room, and the battery life is amazing. The suite of effects built into it is like a box of crayons with a bunch of colors, and a perfect complement to the strumstick with pickup. Now, if you have a big Marshall stack, and 20 guitar pedals, you don't need this. Unless of course you want to take an amp to a party and play without the neighbors calling the cops...Bob McNally
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This is the FREE digital download of the Strumstick Instruction CD (titled "Enjoy The Noise"!).
Click "Add to Cart" and proceed as for a purchase (it is Free!).
At the completion of the purchase, you will see a link to download your Instruction CD. You will also get a confirmation email with a download link.
The download is a zip file of a folder containing all of the CD tracks.
The Instruction CD is the audio companion to the Strumstick Instruction Book. It demonstrates what is in the book, or you can learn right from the CD. Note: The first part CD was originally played on the G Strumstick, then additional tracks were added using the D Strumstick. The information applies to both equally, (but the sound will be different). There are notes to tune the G or the D, be sure to use the correct ones.