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Hey folks!

 

 

There's been rumors floating for a while now about this new, wild thing I've been building for Jeff Titus.  I think there will be a lot more forthcoming about this instrument (just looking at it brings up a LOT of questions!), but I've finally gotten the basic set of photos up on my website:

 

http://www.beyondthetrees.com/taprootphotos.html

 

Check it out!

 

Fred

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Sigh.....


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I LOVE what I call "functional art". You Fred, hit it 200% every time. Do I see Hoyt levers? Are those colorful sticks the playing hammers? Is the jawari bridge on that side convertible to non jawari as the pictures seem to show? Dang, I wish I could just rent it for a month or so.

 

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But can it make coffee in the morning???

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Ben,

 

No, only herbal tea!

 

I don't drink coffee!  If Jeff does, that's his problem!

 

Michael,

 

Art at this level of function does have it's drawbacks, in terms of creating it!  My ideas always seem soooo cool when I think 'em up, you know?  But the ones like this really leave me exhausted by the end...getting it all to work, then the stress of worrying about whether or not it works well enough, or will continue to work after next week or next month....and still not to compromise (too much) on those artistic yearnings....

 

These days, when I finish something like this I often feel like I've been rolled by a big wave, and am lying wiped out on the beach with sand in all my orifices, unable to move.....

 

Well, maybe not that bad...

 

Anyway....Yes, Hoyt levers!  Brad's Dad came through with some beauties.  The rainbow/checkerboard sticks are spring steel-shafted hammers with wooden heads; No, the jawari bridge is not convertible....that may actually be possible, but I burned my brains out years ago trying to get it to work on an instrument, and have been reluctant to try again.  I did (proudly, which shows you how warped I really am) spend some 40 hours on the shaping of the jawari table!!

 

I've been lucky to have it strung up and in my possession for a few weeks now, letting things settle in, trying to make a video of me demonstrating it, and so on.  It's in my bedroom (no case yet, and that's the safest place on the property), so I get to see it first thing every morning.  What fun!

 

I'll get a better text description of all the weird details up on my website sometime soon.

 

Thanks!

 

Fred


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What else to say. I've cried of joy........ Almost.

Thanks Fred.

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video would be cool....


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That's just plain jaw dropping stunning!
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Thanks so much, my friends!

 

Gregg (bless his little blogging heart!) has done a wonderful write-up of it on his HG blog, if you missed it here's the link:  http://harpguitars.net/blog/2012/06/taproot/

 

Jeff and I have talked about video; me doing a "show and tell" of the instrument and it's features, he demonstrating by playing it.  But first he has to figure out how to play it!

 

Maybe I will get one of the little videos I've made posted, if I can figure out how!  My tech-skills are improving....I've learned to wire pickups, but dealing with video files and formats is another skill entirely!

 

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I've been playing Taproot for a few days now. I am completely lost in the dreams that result... day dreams that are almost pure sound... but in the form of color. I don't know how to better explain it.

As you all know, I already own Oracle... and that has its own magical properties... probably never to be equaled... but Taproot is something completely different and magical that sits right inside my heart. Every note (always notes!) feels like warm waves flowing through my body/soul/mind.

No video will do justice to this one, folks. It's up close and personal. Fred did it again. More as I build my proficiency! It's already proving very intuitive to perform on. The hard part is putting it down.



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Discography:
Wood Dragon (debut solo album)
Harp Guitar Dreams - compilation (track 8 - Mahjabeen)
Together Alone - B. Hoyt (track 2 - Martyr's Last Crossing)
What We Don't Know (digital single) - w/ Michael Manring
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