QB DIRECT LINEAGE

THE ELECTRIC BASS (SOMETIMES CALLED THE BASS GUITAR) IS THE GRANDFATHER OF THE QUARTAL GUITAR (QG).  THIS IS BECAUSE ITS STRINGS ARE TUNED IN FOURTHS (EADG).  THIS RESULTS IN ALL MUSICAL KEYS SHARING IDENTICAL FINGERBOARD PATTERNS.  THE BASS VIOLIN DOES THE SAME THING, BUT SINCE THE FINGERBOARD HAS NO FRETS, THE PATTERNS ARE LESS VISIBLE.

THE GUITAR IS THE FATHER OF THE QUARTAL BOARD.  THE STANDARD TUNING FOR THE GUITAR IS EADGBE, WHICH GIVES A HORIZONTALLY BUT NOT VERTICALLY SHARED KEY PATTERNS.

THE QUARTAL GUITAR (QG) INHERITS ITS TUNING FROM THE GRANDFATHER AND THE SIX STRINGS FROM THE FATHER (ONE OCTAVE HIGHER IN PITCH FROM THE ELECTRIC BASS).  ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS RETUNING THE FIRST AND SECOND STRINGS UP A HALF-STEP (EADGCF).  THIS TUNING IS SO SLIGHT THAT IT DOESN’T AFFECT THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE GUITAR AND IT ALLOWS THE STUDENT TO USE EXISTING STANDARD GUITAR METHODS AND LITERATURE.

THE QUARTAL BOARD (QB), IS THE EVOLVED OFFSPRING OF THE QG.  IT HAS KEYS INSTEAD OF STRINGS AND FUNCTIONS AS A KEYBOARD RATHER THAN A MEMBER OF THE GUITAR FAMILY.  THE MUSICAL KEY PATTERNS MATCH THOSE OF BOTH THE ELECTRIC BASS AND THE QG, BUT NOW PRESENT AN INSTRUMENT THAT OFFERS AN EXTENDED LEARNING AND PERFORMING CAPABILITY TO BOTH THE GUITAR AND KEYBOARD FAMILIES.

 

 

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