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December 20, 2018
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Xenharmonic music is that which uses a tuning system which neither conforms to nor closely approximates the common 12-tone equal temperament. The term xenharmonic was coined by Ivor Darreg, from xenia (Greek ξενία), "hospitable," and xenos (Greek ξένος) "foreign." He stated it as being "intended to include just intonation and such temperaments as the 5-, 7-, and 11-tone, along with the higher-numbered really-microtonal systems as far as one wishes to go."

John Chalmers, author of Divisions of the Tetrachord, writes: "The converse of this definition is that music which can be performed in 12-tone equal temperament without significant loss of its identity is not truly microtonal." Thus xenharmonic music may be distinguished from the more common twelve-tone equal temperament, as well as some use of just intonation and equal temperaments, by the use of unfamiliar intervals, harmonies, and timbres.

Theorists other than Chalmers consider xenharmonic and non-xenharmonic to be subjective. As an example, Edward Foote, in his program notes for his "6 degrees of tonality" CD, refers to the differences in his response to the more radical tunings he uses, such as Kirnberger and DeMorgan, from "shocking", to "Too subtle to immediately notice", saying:

Temperaments are new territory for 20th century ears. The first-time listener may find it shocking to hear the harmony change "color" during modulations or too subtle to immediately notice.
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Stratocasters, Les Pauls, semi-hollow 335s-when we imagine an "electric guitar," these are the body shapes that immediately come to mind. But what of the body shapes that don't right away come to mind? An outlandish ambitious luthiers one-off, or the oddball offering from bigger brands trying to separate themselves in a crowded market? While perhaps not the first to come to mind, these shapes often leave a long-lasting impression.  

Inspired by the beautiful and intricate Nautilus shell, Masterbuilt - Nautilus utilizes the Emperor II as a canvas for its circular and mesmerizing pattern. The top is comprised of various woods such as Maple, Ebony, Quilted Mahogany, and Alder, inlayed into a solid Maple skeleton. A single Fodera / Duncan Dual Coil pickup is camouflage in the top by a top-matching wooden pickup cover that continues the lines of the shell pattern. The instrument skips a preamp and instead features passive electronics with matching wooden knobs.

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In the world of guitars aficionados, gear heads and technique junkies, Tal Wilkenfeld is a name that carries prestige. After an impressive career as a bass player and playing with Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Bob Weir, and The Who, Wilkenfeld is branching into new territory as a singer/songwriter and producer with big plans for 2019.    
Kenny Burrell's Blue Modal Magic

Whether you're a newcomer beginning your jazz exploration or an old pro seeking new inspiration, I highly recommend you treat your ears to the hardswinging, blues-infused sounds of legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. Equally open to the influence of boppers such as Charlie Christian and bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, Burrell skillfully weaves harmonically complex lines and soul-satisfying blues with uncommon grace and fluidity.
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Odd as it seems, Grant Green is simultaneously one of the most and least celebrated guitarists in jazz history. He played on 15 sessions for Blue Note Records in 1961, 18 more in 1962 and another 18 in 1963. He made 22 albums as a leader between 1960 and 1965. Only 14 were released at the time, but soon after Green's tragic death at age 43, the shelved material began to surface. 

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