A stringed, fretted instrument on which the hands are on top of the horizontal strings that lie in front of the player.
This position gives the hands new possibilities for the expression of notes (very subtle and extreme) and a large range of notes under one hand.
The basic technique is hammering or tapping on but other techniques such as strumming, sliding, vibrating, bending and muting are constantly used.
As a polyphonic instrument (bassline and chords) one needs several years to master it, comparable to the learning process of a violin.
But when it is used as a lead instrument such like the saxophone it is very easy and innovative.
All in all the Kelstone is quite a disruptive instrument: the new position of the hands demand new arrangements and that is also the opportunity: to create a new musical language.
John Frizell, Hollywood composer:
‘The Kelstone is a truly innovative and beautifully designed instrument. While it’s tone has similarities to guitars, the technique used to playing it results in new musical ideas that weren’t possible before’.