Artone 19 – Expanding the Musical Vocabulary

Artone 19 – I designed a 19 tone guitar about 15 years ago but never got around to showing what the concept was all about, here is the intro and some details, this is only my first design. This instrument is quite playable and more will be done in the future, eg electric, bass, etc. I created the name Parvatic (Latin “parvum” , small steps) so I could create the new terms and names of harmonic forms this instrument will introduce to our musical vocabulary. Using “p” instead of  “##” or “bb”  simplifies the scalar structures, it denotes the new notes that are now usable,  the old 3rds are now more in tune than the equal temperament 12 tone system the old 7ths are now sounding good, plus you can now play a lot of other types of music that wasn’t available to the 12 tone guitar. This picture is only the preliminary design for the “Artone 19”.
Due to the nature of this “Artone 19”, Guitar and its construction, the only real help you will need is the unique fret spacing and frequencies, so I made a file that should help.


For a more details you can buy my book “Talking to the Birds“, Regards Arto.

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3 Responses to “Artone 19 – Expanding the Musical Vocabulary”

  1. artojh Says:
    • artojh Says:

      Hi Raymond,
      I am glad to hear from many of those who looked and experimented with these ideas, as you know they are not new but the application into the main stream is foreign to many and could open up a new dialog to many fringe Artists who are looking for ball to roll with. Please feel free to post any information about your experiences on this blog. I would love to see some of your work on this, I would post any interesting antidotes or audio samples that could peak the interests of new audience.
      Thanks Raymond, regards Arto.


  2. Raymond Westwater Says:

    In my youth (40 years ago!) I experimented with a similar idea, and actually constructed a guitar of this design, and wrote some interesting duets between the 12- and 19-tone versions. Good luck with your work!

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