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Dec 04, 2008


Keats' Handwriting

[this is good] Hey Ken-

Thanks so much for bloggin on the axis.

Taylor Livingston

It's interesting that they have Jordan Rudess doing the video demos. On one hand, I'm sure that will get keyboard geeks more interested. On the other, I figure the point of these videos is to convince people that the harmonic table is easy to use, and I don't think they're getting that across as well by using an insanely technical keyboard legend.

People will be saying, "sure, Jordan can do all that stuff, but what about us mortals?" They would do better to have some chump indie musician who can barely play, because then the implication would be, "if this guy can do it, surely you can".


Hi, Good observation.

There are at least two alternatives - and remember I can change the configuration with the touch of a key - I can try both.

1. Turn it end-on. That gives one a keyboard 7 keys wide and 14 high. That covers the major and minor scales with one and two flanking notes. 
That's 97% of the notes I've commonly had to play in my drills so far. Musical notes tend to cluster around the key root (one would almost suspect there's an underlying principal) ... At worse one would have to play, horrors!, the C# instead of the Db, and move 10 cm right or left - something a pianist does routinely.

2. Cant it at an angle.  That gives me 7 row3 over 9 keys wide, plus 4 useless rows of 1-5 keys. Not bad at all compared to the hoops I've done with keyboards.

Re: Semitone spacing;
I don't mind the semitone being so far apart; it helps prevent mistakes and after a while seems natural to my fingers. OTOH, on the Axis the spacing of the Octave, and the jumps you have to do to do inversions is weird to me.


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Taylor Livingston

Ken, unless I'm looking at it wrong, I don't think you can remap the harmonic table to the wicki layout. Although they both use hexagonal keys, the harmonic table's keys are "tilted" in comparison with the wicki. However, the harmonic table is kind of cool, in that you can play major or minor triads with just one finger. One thing I find offputting about all isomorphic layouts I've seen is that the semitone up or down is not right there - it's especially counterintuitive to me iun the wicki where the semitone is up a row and several keys to the left. This is disruptive to my thought process when I'm trying to do anything chromatic or outside diatonic.

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