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Unread 03-15-2011, 11:03 AM   #1
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Musical Saw

Anyone ever try it? I've just had the urge to try it within the past few days....

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Well, this was the song that got me into researching it:

YouTube - Tom Waits - November

But here's some actual videos of people playing 'em...

YouTube - Accordian, guitar and musical saw performance
YouTube - Moon River played on a musical saw
YouTube - Music of the Night - Guitar & Musical Saw

Gonna try it out once I've got a couple of bones in my pocket...
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AFAIK any saw thats flexible will work, just remember to bow on the edge that doesn't have teeth!
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AFAIK any saw thats flexible will work, just remember to bow on the edge that doesn't have teeth!
Yeah, that's what I've gathered... Also it helps if it's rust free...
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Also, anybody have any tips on how to dull the teeth for safety purposes? Maybe just saw a brick for a bit?
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Well, this was the song that got me into researching it:

YouTube - Tom Waits - November

But here's some actual videos of people playing 'em...

YouTube - Accordian, guitar and musical saw performance
YouTube - Moon River played on a musical saw
YouTube - Music of the Night - Guitar & Musical Saw

Gonna try it out once I've got a couple of bones in my pocket...
haha, that is so cool.
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Ok, went out and got's me a Stanly 26". It's really weird how easy it is to get notes out of it... I mean, IT"S A SAW!!!! My friend is borrowing my violin, so I'm currently bow-less but a mallet works just as well.

And I did dull the blade down by sawing through a brick and smacking a bee with the saw...
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Ha. Pics or didn't happen? I wonder if this would be a worthy investment for me...
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Ha. Pics or didn't happen? I wonder if this would be a worthy investment for me...
Well, it's $23.ish for a multipurpose thing...

Here's a pic and a crappy recording. Keep in mind that I've only been playing it for less than an hour...
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Haha. Nice. It doesn't seem like to difficult of an instrument to get the hang of. What would you say is the pitch range?
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Not quite sure what the range is. Maybe an octave and a half? I the lowest note I can squeeze out a middle C, but maybe that'll change with practice.

I'm gonna have to get my bow or borrow one soon... I really want to try it!
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You seem to be mostly interested in classical saw. I used to play chain saw in a metal band. Gas powered is best; it's tough to get the right tone out of the electric ones.
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You seem to be mostly interested in classical saw. I used to play chain saw in a metal band. Gas powered is best; it's tough to get the right tone out of the electric ones.
I'm more into folk/bluegrass myself. I might get a pickup installed latter though....


Ok, just tried it with the bow and it's SOOO FREAKING WEIRD! Having trouble finding the 'sweet spot' on the higher notes, but yeah...
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