Improving Treble Unisons – Melodic Comparison Technique

Here is another technique I wrote to Max.

 

Improving Treble Unisons – Melodic Comparison Technique

Another technique that works well with treble unisons.

1. Mute off the right two strings.

2. Play the note. (You are now listening to the left string unison)

3. Mute off the left and the right string.

4. Play the note. (You are now listening to the center string unison)

5. Mute off the left two strings.

6. Play the note. (You are now listening to the right string unison)

7. Do steps 1 to 6 a few more times. Each time, listen and compare the melodic pitch of each string with the others. Depending on your melodic pitch difference sensitivity, you may get the feeling that one or more strings are higher or lower than the others. Identify one string that could be improved and remember whether it sounded higher or lower than the others.

8. Remove the mute(s)

9. Place your hammer on the pin that belongs to the string you identified in step 7.

10. Remembering whether it was higher or lower from step 7, gently coax the string in the direction that would improve it. Often this does not require the pin foot to move.

11. Just improve the sound of the trichord unison. Do NOT try to prefect it or you will pass pure and end up on a wild goose chase, trying to get the perfect sound. Just improve the sound from where it started. As your ability to tell what needs improving gets better, your unisons will improve.

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