Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Daily Chord

Every musician strikes a chord, and a great many notes even in a single song, but what chord strikes you today? There are a great many tools out there that us musicians use to help us reach these chords too...Have you tried using the SpiderCapo to reach those chords your desire yet? 

We all start our days in a different mood, on a different note (pun intended) and we are all, as musicians, akin to different key signatures, particular chords or notes, etc...but at this moment on this day; What chord are you? 

Personally, I know I am tuned to D. Something about the note, especially 2 octaves below middle C, reverberates within and sends my neurons into a frenzy. Not sure why, that's just who I am I guess. But, this doesn't mean that a D major is my constant mood...some days I am in a more minor progression based mood, some days major, other days a tritone sounds more appealing...which leads me back to my initial question: What chord are you at this moment on this day? The SpiderCapo is a tool that helps me find this chord easier on many days. What interesting and otherwise essentially unachievable chords does the SpiderCapo help you create?

We have a SpiderCapo for all occasions...Contact Us to find out which suits your needs best! 

What we would like to know though, is what chord is your chord of the day? We would also LOVE to see some of your SpiderCapo chords too! 

Most importantly though, as always, Enjoy!!! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Social Spider!

The New More SocialSpider
With our introduction into the world of Social Media, Creative Tunings' SpiderCapo has created quite the SpiderWeb. We always encourage our fans and potential fans to visit the site - a new, sleeker updated version of which is in the works by the way (yes, we are super excited too!) - but we would love it if more of you would join our forum community. We have expanded our SpiderForums to be for guitarists of all types and ot just those who use the SpiderCapo, but rather trying to build a place where a community of musicians can come to and express their artistry freely. There are a great many Social Media sites these days and yes, we are members of just about all of them now. "Catching up with the times" I suppose one would say, so we ask those of you who are also members of those Social Outlet to come join us in our quest to complete our Social Spider Web. Here is a list of links to our current Social Platforms:
Currently, you can order the SpiderCapo and accessories directly from our website on our SpiderStore page, but we are expanding to Amazon and eBay as well. We also have Creative Tunings SpiderCapo T-Shirts available for all of our enthusiasts! We don't want to be a recluse! (ok, a little pun in each blog can't hurt, right?).
Within all of this, we are also working on a new improved version of the Tunings Compendium that includes pictures and tab format AND not just from standard tunings to alternate, but from alternate tunings back to standard and/or other variations as well - simply with the flick of a few fingers!
You know, with the SpiderCapo, less is more sometimes. What we mean by that more specifically is that you don't always have to have all 6 fingers on the SpiderCapo at all times as well. The SpiderCapo was designed for you to be able to unscrew the end and remove any number of desired fingers for the configuration that you are going to be working with. Of course, sometimes it is easier to leave them all on if you are playing multiple songs where the use of all fingers (not necessarily at the same time) would be utilized, but try it with 4 - or even try flipping them around backwards maybe! Use your imaginations - this is what the SpiderCapo was created for and also HOW it was created!
The SpiderCapo also offers a bit of assistance to those with hand disabilities too. There is a special subgroup of guitar players making good use of the SpiderCapo that have missing fingers, rheumatism, arthritis and more - and we solute you for not giving up and are thankful that our SpiderCapo could assist you in allowing you to continue playing! Thank you also for not giving up and aspiring to continue to be musicians!
When you set the SpiderCapo up to play an open chord, you can play all the chords in that key with one or a maximum of two fingers (unless you want to get complicated and play a Major7 Sus2/Add6), but this is demonstrated in our discussions on the SpiderForums. It shows a player using an open G (330033) so the I, IV and V chords (G, C and D) can be played without using the left hand at all!
Next, all the diatonic chords in the key of G are demonstrated playing the song "Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore". The available chords are G, A-Minor, B-Minor, C, D, E-Minor and an F# 1/2 Diminished.
These demonstration examples are given as a starting point for those guitar players with only one or two fingers available on the hands that frets the fingerboard. Of course, the capo-bilities are limitless! Non-diatonic chords and chromaticism can be introduced at any point/ Any SpiderCapo tuning can be used. If people will share the tunings they are using, we will append them to the revised Compendium and share them for all to see.

Anyway, to summarize, we invite you to join us in this great SpiderCapoWeb and especially on the SpiderForums as big things are in the works and coming this way soon. We would love to hear from more SpiderCapo users and see videos and just discuss music in general as well! You know, the SpiderCapo isn't just for Acoustic Guitarists - Electric Guitarists, Bass Players, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Lap Steel and many more including custom models are available on the Store page. So pay us a visit, anywhere - dro pus a line, feel free to ask a question - please do!