Stringed Things: PIANOLIN (a.k.a. "Pianoette")




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Published on Mar 23, 2017

PIANOLIN (a.k.a. "Pianoette"): A bowed, fretless "chord zither" instrument, considered the big brother of the "Violin-Uke," or Ukelin), since it has an additional chord (C, G, F, D7, and Am) and a completely chromatic (bowed) melody section (two octaves, from C4 to C6). Has a miniature representation of a piano keyboard to label the melody notes. All the bowed strings are on one side. GREAT for eerie, slow melodies with sustained notes (like a slightly scratchy/metallic violin with no vibrato). I’ve enjoyed using two bows, for bowed doublestops/counterpoint bits.

NOTE: I wasn't going to put his video up, but since there are only two PIANOLIN vids on the entire web, I felt obliged. Here, I'm *trying* to play this instrument like it's *supposed* to be played: thumbpicking chords while bowing (though usually the bowed notes are NOT sustained, like I'm trying to do; they're usually played very short). But doing BOTH severely hampers my limited (Chewbacca-like!) bowing technique, lol. To be honest, when I *really* use this thing, I ONLY bow the strings (no thumbpicking of chords), and sit to the side of it, using TWO bows, so I can get double-stops w/counterpoint. (Plus, its old CHORD strings are messed up, some with weird "overtones"... which makes them impossible to perfectly tune.) Anyways, trip on this PIANOLIN--cue the screeching cats!!

Song: "Five Cracked Cobblestones"
© Dale Turner 2017


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