PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

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PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Brendan » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:01 am

Using draw bends to get the sharps and flats on PowerChromatic makes playing in all 12 keys easier and smoother than on a standard chromatic. I show how in this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDsP4k8-N8g

More Info and Ordering here:
https://www.seydel1847.de/epages/Seydel ... s/54480PCG

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Paris » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:37 am

Awesome Brendan! Loving power chromatic!

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Brendan » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:55 am

I'm glad :) Post a recording or video playing PowerChrom if you feel like it.

Here are some of my videos using PowerChromatic:

https://youtu.be/86En96jyISE

https://youtu.be/RHsaMjX-avc

https://youtu.be/I-gq3pYlyJY

https://youtu.be/4ve8_fpV1Z4

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Paris » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:47 am

https://youtu.be/wZG3p1kscc0

Here's a clip of me trying to play Brendan's awesome solos from hesitation blues with Andrew White. Transcribing these solos and working on playing them has really helped me get familiar with PC tuning and its fun!

A little rough around the edges but you guys get the idea!

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Brendan » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:32 pm

Nice one! I just made up those solos on the spur of the moment, never thought anyone would transcribe and learn them - it's an honour that you've gone to all that effort, Nick! Now you just need your own Andrew White :)

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Paris » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:14 pm

Thanks! Love those solos! They lay over the chords so nicely I figured it was worth studying. I'll definitely have to bug my brother-in-law to do the guitar part.

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by BlackHat » Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:51 am

I been playing a Seydel Saxony in the key of C for about a year. Still working on it but getting there. I’m very interested in the Power Chromatic but I’m wondering what key I should buy. What do you suggest since I’ve gotten comfortable with the C tuning? Other than the ability to bend will the Power Chromactic be a BIG departure from what I’m using now?

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Brendan » Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:13 pm

I think the default key is good, still easy to play in C. Not that big a change, but you need to be able to bend notes to get the benefits of it. That's quite different to the stock Solo tuned chrom.

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by BlackHat » Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:00 am

I'm primarily a diatonic player so bending won't be an issue. So the default key is G? My gut tells me to stick with C since I'm comfortable with that.

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Re: PowerChromatic: The 12 Major Scales with Bends ; Setup Advice

Post by Paris » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:40 am

It all depends on how you want to do the retune. With a stock C the two easiest option are:

G: CD/EF#/GA/AB
or
Bb: CD/EbF/GA/BbC

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