(download it, print on paper or cardstock, cut out two pieces, put together.)
Find A Million Songs on the internet.
Do a Google search for “Song Title chords” (using title of your favorite song) and you’ll find a dozen versions. Enter “Song Title easy chords” and you’ll find a half dozen more. BUT they will be Guitar or Ukulele chords, not Strumstick chords.
The new Strumstick Chord Changer Wheel comes to the rescue!
This simple device shifts the chords from whatever Guitar key they are in to good old Key of D, the main Strumstick key.
It can also shift chords from D to G, for G Strumstick players. See what "Key" means below, if that word is unfamiliar.
The Chord Changer Wheel is FREE (download it, print on paper, cut out two pieces, put together.) or $17 assembled, postage included.
Basically, you find chords to a song. It’s in some funky key (it’s not in key of D) boo-hoo. You jot down the several chords in the song, rotate the wheel until you see those chords, and right opposite them are the Key of D Strumstick chord names. Pencil the Strumstick chords in, substituting for the original chords, and strum away, happy, happy!
For the Curious and Unafraid: What does Key mean?
Key means Team.
A bunch of baseball players make up a team.
Different teams have different names (Yankees, Red Sox...) but they have the same positions on the team (pitcher, catcher, etc.).
If you think “Team” when you read the word “Key”, that’s about it.
A team of notes (in certain positions called scales) makes a Key, and the Key gets its name from the first note of the team.
The notes in a Key (team) occupy different positions called scales.
The starting note of the scale gives its name to the scale (or team, or Key). There will also be certain chords most often used in each key. That's why we say "the chords for Key of E", or "the chords for Key of D"
Big Wave Strumsticks are IN STOCK
Big Wave Strumsticks are currently IN STOCK.
They require a 2-month lead time when we are out of stock.
• The neck is identical to the D-33 Strumstick.
• The wave-inspired body is one piece Padouk with either a Spruce or Koa soundboard.
• We are totally thrilled with the results; the tone is richer, fuller, and louder. The increased resonant chamber has allowed us to add a lower tuning too! There are two tuning arrangements available: our regular D A D (D-35 model), or a lower tuning A E A (A-35 model). The lower tuned AEA model has a brisk baritone flavor reminiscent of the Cittern/Irish Bouzouki.
• The design objectives were to create longer resonant paths within the body (for bass response) and to increase the soundboard area (for volume), but also stepping out a little with an elegant, festive body shape. The wave soundhole arrangement was designed to balance the resonance of the sound chamber and to enhance the visual design of the body.
• The Big Wave Strumstick uses ball end (guitar style) strings which feed through the body.
• Where the original Strumstick design uses a one piece neck and body approach, the Big Wave uses a two piece neck/body design, with a sturdy screw-in neck attachment.
To Use the Flip Capo:
There is a long arm and a short arm; either arm can be up (Flip!). We suggest longer arm up. Position top arm over strings (just behind fret) and tighten thumbscrew firmly but don't overdo it.
Strumstick Keys with Capo:
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 even more keys.
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.
We are now in production on our beautiful new Strumstick Display Stand. I started them last year and field tested them at a bunch of shows. They passed the public stress test (thousands of people, children, wind and shaking tables). They are sturdy and elegant and display the Strumstick as the art object it is. They hold the Strumstick ready for instant use and urgent musical inspirations!
A heavy Padouk base supports two light and rigid fiberglass rods, and a support yoke made from recycled Strumstick wood.