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    Posted: January 03 2011 at 13:05
Apparently this thing has been out for several years now. There is a video on the website of Jordan Rudess playing one. I can't find a US retailer for them and UK pricing is 1000+, so that is many $ for the budget. But it looks pretty freaking cool and fairly intuitive.
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I would just fumble all over the place with that thing. Wrong notes everywhere.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tapfret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 03 2011 at 18:21
I don't know. I can play keys in a rather rudimentary fashion. This seems a little more intuitive for the backward thinker in me.
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It would be fun to bang on, but my head hurts trying to imagine playing a piece of sheet music on that. I can't imagine how you would think it's more intuitive than notes simply going up and down. Maybe if you learned to play on it you could visualize the notes in space in that configuration. But while I'm not very good at piano, I've spent enough time on it that my brain is locked on the normal keyboard.
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Originally posted by Henry Plainview

It would be fun to bang on, but my head hurts trying to imagine playing a piece of sheet music on that. I can't imagine how you would think it's more intuitive than notes simply going up and down. Maybe if you learned to play on it you could visualize the notes in space in that configuration. But while I'm not very good at piano, I've spent enough time on it that my brain is locked on the normal keyboard.

Yeah, this sort of thing might be neat for some rock applications, but I suspect you won't see anyone playing the Pathetique Sonata on it anytime soon.  The problem is that great keyboardists/musicians spent years mastering a standard key-to-note mapping - it's not clear how easy it would be to transition to a new mapping, much like I couldn't seamlessly start using a Dvorak keyboard and expect to be at all productive.
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It doesn't look very intuitive on the video... even the demo guy has trouble playing clean scales.
There are tons of 'new mapping' instruments that are created every year, but only very few are commercialized...
I think there are much more intuitive and 'fun-to-play' instruments but those either cost too much to produce or are destined for a very specific public.
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