Fixed bridge mode for individual strings
4 reasons to leave one or more strings in a fixed position
Have you ever thought about leaving some strings unbent?
There are some very good reasons to do so.
Let's look at some facts first:
Bending the strings of a guitar for the same distance, results in a different pitch change.
Therefore a chord bent with any tremolo on the market is in tune in starting position only
and loses this quality in any other position.
( Fender American Stratocaster with two point synchronized tremolo. The video represents the blue relation in the chart below )
Being stretched the strings of a guitar react very differently
due to the diameter (gauge), the construction, the used materials and the fabrication quality differences.
While the low E-string and the G-string behave like rubber bands the high E-string is stiff and inflexible.
Stretching it too much increases the risk that it brakes.
This fact limits bending up in any existing tremolo system not only for the high E-string, but for all the other strings too.
1st reason to leave strings in a fixed position:
Save weak strings
The high E-string can't be bent easily, therefore it is not used for up bends in guitar solos very often.
In a chord shifting setup (see 4th option, orange in the chart above) it halves the possible bending range.
Besides it is hardly audible whether the high E-string is bent or not in a chord shifting setup.
So why not leave it unbent, avoid the hassle and get a wider range?
Attach strings you don't want to bend in the fixed bridge frame every MyTrem provides.
If you intend to change settings frequently, attach the weak string(s) in the moveable frame,
but leave them in axial position where they won't be bent either.
2nd reason to leave strings in a fixed position:
Let the lower fixed strings ring while you bend the upper strings
This song is played in a way it hasn`t been possible before:
setup: E - A - D - E' strings are fixed, G and B are bendable
tuning: D - A - D - F# - A - C
3rd reason to leave strings in a fixed position:
Play rhythm on fixed strings while using the tremolo for the higher strings
E-low - A - D - E-high fixed / G and B are bendable
pinch harmonic dive bomb at the end
4th reason to leave strings in a fixed position:
Extend the range of the more flexible strings
Omitting the weak string(s) allows the other strings to bend up much further.
G-and B-string (third interval) bent up parallel for 7 semi tones!
Improve vintage style tremolo feel and function
You want the sound of a vintage tremolo but you prefer to move the whammy bar less or more?
You can control the depth of the vibrato effect of your MyTrem.
This allows much better handling for subtle vibrato effects but also for extended range bends.
Replace the random string relations of a traditional tremolo by setting up the strings precisely to the next half
step for optimized "traditional" relations: This allows some perfectly parallel interval bends.
Push the whammy bar down - the pitch raises.
Pull the whammy bar up - the pitch drops.
It could be used for B-bender and G-bender effects as in country music.
It's also possible to bend some strings up while bending others down (see 5th option: chord morphing).
Chord shifting: shift a chord to a different pitch
Examples: G to E Am7 to Gm7 D° to H°
Chord shifting means that you play a chord and then move the tones of all the strings for the same interval.
You end up with the same chord type on a different pitch.
MyTrems can move chords down in near perfect harmony but can't move them up in perfect relation with the same setting. Perfect relation in all the possible positions would require complicated means for compensation.
Anyway the differences are minor and bending chords with a MyTrem sounds much purer, sweeter and more musical than with any other tremolo on the market.
Shifting chords with a MyTrem results in defined chord bends.
"Defined" means that it's clearly audible for how many semitones you bend the chord.
That makes it possible to play accurate melodies with the MyTrem.
It's easy to perform beautifully sounding effects, even for beginners. Here some ideas . . .
1. pre-bend down-up 2. chord down-up 3. chord up-down 4. vibrato
Chord morphing: convert a chord into another one
Different types of chords can seamlessly be converted into each other.
Example: Convert a G major chord into a D minor chord without moving your left hand.
The Dm chord root note D is here played on the low E-string:
> finger on 3rd fret = G sound > bend down 5 semi tones = D sound
Dm is a full sounding six string chord.
Impossible chords (finger spread, lower than low-E) can be realized by chord morphing.
Inverse bending some strings could also be used for surprising chord morphings.
Transpose your guitar by setting up the MyTrem to chord shifting (1, 2, or 3 semi tones)
and fix the whammy bar in the up or down position.
Use one alternate tuning for example "open D tuning" by combining chord morphing
and fix the whammy bar in the up or down position.
1. Tune in leant on position.
2. Switch the red button to lift the counterpart from the middle position.
3. Use the overall tuning screw to bring all strings back in tune at once.
Drop Tuning (MyTrem XLD)
Switch to drop tuning by pushing the button on the bridge.
Enjoy all the functions of your tremolo in drop tuning.
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