The best way to start, is to play that first note and make sure you get a good, clean sound.
All other notes that you play after that will be copies of this one.
This note is explained in a Youtube video:
This is the first lesson for the Kelstone, the most important one.
It’s about how to play single notes.
If you can play one note right, all the others will follow.
I would like you to let go of all your knowledge and to listen very carefully to your own playing!
Make sure that the Kelstone has the right height,
that’s about waistheight,
sitting down or standing up.
You place your thumb against the side of the fretboard
and place your forefinger on a string right in the middle between two frets.
We’ll start with the most important note on the fretboard:
a low C: third position on the third string.
The basic technique for playing the Kelstone is hammering of tapping.
Hold your finger flat to increase the surface with which to hit.
Now that your finger is in the right position, you just let him fall.
In the beginning you might have the tendency to push on the string instead of hammering. Dropping your finger on the string will give you a notion of hammering.
Your finger acts like a little hammer.
Try this several times till you get a good, clean sound.
Play long notes and short ones.
Try both your hands, different fingers and different notes on the Kelstone.
Take your time to do this. All future notes will be copies of these ones.
What is quite unique about the Kelstone is that you have access to the expression of a note right from the start.
After hitting a note, you can move your finger up and down transversal on the neck, in the direction of the frets.
By doing this you give the note a vibration on top of his pitch.
Saxophoneplayers, violinists, vocalists do it all the time
and it took them several months/yearsto get there. Here you can do this right from the start.
Try several bendings: long, short, fast, slow, etc.
Take your time!
Moving your finger in the direction of the fretboard over a string after hitting a note is called sliding.
Try several notes, fingers and positions.
Take your time!
Now you can try now to do everything together:
hit a note, bend and slide it.
Or slide it and bend, and slide and bend and slide and bend and bend etc…
Listen very carefully to your own playing
Two other things are very important when you start on the Kelstone and you use the hammering technique:
If you play a scale (be it with one hand or divide the notes under two hands)
it is very easy to link the note when you go up
because the note you want to hear is under the finger that acts.
If you go down however (do-si-la-sol-fa-mi-re-do)
and you want to link the notes you will have to use the ‘pull-off’ technique!
Otherwise you will just hammer on each note and play staccato.
The hardest part is that to play a si
(when you go down on a scale)
it is the finger that is above the note do that has to act by pulling the string off.
To play a la it is the finger of the si that acts.
It will only take 10 minutes for your brain to understand
and send the right signals to your fingers but please give him these 10 minutes
or more if needed. Very important!!!
Here some very simple exercises that will help you.
The second important thing is that when you play a chord by hammering
(be it with one hand or divide the notes under two hands)
(for instance do-mi-sol-do-sol-mi) is to use the, what I call,
The Other-Fingers-Down-While-Tapping-technique means that you keep the fingers
(that have already tapped a note)
down on the string while you hammer on an other note. In other words you keep the notes that you already have hammered ringing while you hammera new one.
Intuitively one releases all the fingers to hammer with one of the fingers.
Just try this: put all your fingers in front of you on the table and just lift the ring-finger while keeping the others on the table.
You can do it but it is not the thing you would if they ask you to lift the ring-finger.
Why is this so important?
To get a full sound.
If you do not do this the chord will be broken
(sometimes you want to play like that bychoice).
If you practice this in the beginning you will have that choice,
otherwise you might play all your chords broken.