User:TallKite/Kite Guitar Projects

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The Kite Guitar

The Kite guitar uses 41 divisions of the octave instead of 12. 41-tET approximates 7-limit just intonation to within 3-6¢, and chords sound gorgeous! But a guitar with 41 frets per octave is impractical. The Kite guitar cleverly omits every other fret. Thus while the frets are closer together than a standard guitar, they're not so close as to be unplayable. The interval between open strings is 13 steps of 41. 13 is an odd number, thus all 41 pitches are present on the guitar. Each string has only half of the pitches, but any adjacent pair of strings has all 41.

Omitting half the frets in effect moves certain pitches to remote areas of the fretboard, and makes certain intervals difficult to play. Miraculously, it works out that the remote intervals are the ones that don't work well in chords, and the ones that aren't remote are the ones that do work well. For example, the sweet 5-limit major 3rd, a 5/4 ratio, is easily accessible, but the dissonant 3-limit major 3rd 81/64 isn't. (3-limit & 5-limit refer to the largest prime number in the frequency ratio.)

In addition, key 7-limit intervals like 7/6, 7/5 and 7/4 are easy to play. This means the Kite guitar can do much more than just play sweet Renaissance music. It can put a whole new spin on jazz, blues and experimental music. The dom7 and dom9 chords are especially calm and relaxed, revealing just how poorly 12-tet tunes these chords. But dissonance is still possible, in fact 41-tET can be far more dissonant than 12-tET. And 41 notes means that the melodic and harmonic vocabulary is greatly expanded, allowing for the creation of truly unique music that simply isn't possible with 12 notes.

For more info: http://tallkite.com/misc_files/The%20Kite%20Tuning.pdf

Songs:

These conventional songs have been translated from 12edo to 41edo. Often there is more than one obvious way to translate a song.

Stormy Monday

(NOTE: I'M STILL EXPERIMENTING WITH TABLES VS COMPUTER CODE VS PREFORMATTED)

Gv7 D^m vE^m Dvm Gv9 | Cv7 G^m vA^m Gvm Cv9

Gv7 / ^Abv7 / | Gv7 / / /

Cv7 G^m vA^m Gvm Cv9 | Cv7 / / /

Gv7 / vA^m7 / | vB^m7 / vBb^m7 /

vA^m7 / / / | C^m7 / / /

Gv7 / Cv7 / | Gv7 / Dvaug /

chords for 6-string guitar (actual key is closer to A not G)


chord frets & fingering notes
Gv7 6 x 5 3 7 x

3 2 1 4

6 = 6th fret, etc.

1 = index, 2 = middle, 3 = ring, 4 = pinkie

D^m x x 5 4 4 x

3 2 2

slide into this chord from the previous D^m
vE^m x x 8 7 7 x

3 2 2

Dvm x x 5 3 4 x

3 1 2

actually the top part of a Gv9 chord

Gv7 6 x 5 3 7 x

3 2 1 4 (1 = index, 2 = middle, 3 = ring, 4 = pinkie)

D^m x x 5 4 4 x

3 2 2

vE^m x x 8 7 7 x (slide into this chord from the previous D^m)

3 2 2

Dvm x x 5 3 4 x (actually the top part of a Gv9 chord)

3 1 2

Gv9       6  x  5  3  4  x        (actually Gv9no3)
          4     3  1  2
Cv7       x  8  8  7  5  x
             3  4  2  1
G^m       x  x  x  7  6  6
                   3  2  2
vA^m      x  x  x  10 9  9        (slide into this chord from the previous G^m)
                   3  2  2

Gvm x x x 7 5 6

3 1 2

Cv9 x 8 x 7 5 6

4 3 1 2

^Abv7 8 x 7 5 9 x

3 2 1 4

vA^m7 9 x 8 7 9 x

3 2 1 4

vB^m7 x 6 x 5 4 6

3 2 1 4

vBb^m7 x 4 x 3 2 4

3 2 1 4

C^m7 x 8 7 7 6 x (some people play a different chord here)

4 2 3 1

Dvaug x x 5 5 6 6 (could be translated as Dv(^^5) which is x x 5 5 5 6)

1 1 2 3