rikroberts wrote: ↑
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:52 pm
Hesitated to share this....but it could be a revelation for composers and guitarists alike....
A few years ago, I took a break from guitar practice, fancied a snack and dipped a few chopped carrots into a tub of hummus. Some must have still been left on my RH fingers, as when I picked up the guitar again, the instrument had turned into something between a thumb-piano and an exotic African stringed instrument. It sounded awesome - percussive, muted and quite haunting.
I wanted to take this further so I smeared small amounts of hummus onto the treble strings, near the bridge and continued to play some of my own African-influenced pieces. The result was other-worldy, especially on an electro-classical guitar with some reverb.
This is a similar idea to that used in Jürg Kindle's Kalimba
and others. Various pieces use techniques of preparation e.g. blu tack, matches or other things between strings, dusters under the strings. I'd suggest using that kind of material, much as I like hummus, it would surely go smelly before long.
The use of grease is a different, thing, to improve smoothness of touch.