*** Preface - I like to name the guitars I own and use. The following is a post
about one of them, presented with a classic b/w slideshow portfolio.
Photographs by yours truly. ***
Eurydice [yoo-rid-uh-see], a forest nymph from Greek Mythology; She was the wife of Orpheus, the fabled musician and poet. What a fitting name for such an exotic guitar, right? Exotic in the concept, that is. The guitar itself is just a Taylor® GS Mini™ set-up for an 'out-of-the-box' high string tuning. I want to use the word 'just' respectfully, though, because it is a Taylor®. The GS Mini™ is the one with a Spruce top and Sapele back and sides. I removed the pick-guard because I'm not in to the stock tortoise shell (Tortoloid) look. I’ve named my tuning concept and future planned from the ground up guitar build/design as, Guitar d’Amore™ (guitar of love).
The real concept here is the peculiar “high-string” tuning of E3-G3-C4-C4-D4-E4. The C notes are a 'double coarse' (tuned in unison). The guitar, when strummed openly, sounds the equivalent of a Cadd9 chord with the D sitting inside the triad or like a Csus2 with the third included. Also, the open strummed voicing is inverted with the E and G notes below the tonic. I came up with this tuning awhile back and wrote a song specifically for it. The song is titled, L’histoire De Guerre. French for, 'war history.' It’s a beautiful 'folky' finger-styled song that I’ve yet to record formally. The music is similar, stylistically, to Annabel In The Moonlight. I originally worked with this concept on a cheap 'no-name' guitar but switched to the modified Taylor® for the benefits of timbre (pronounced tam-ber) quality and intonation stability. This basically means I’m now ready and serious about recording the song mentioned above as well as using this unique tonality for new material in current production.
Professional musician / composer / audio engineer who also ventures into fine art photography, geometric design, lutherie, artisan bread baking, electrical engineering, blogging, charity drives, and other things that keep life crazy and amazing. . .
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