THE McNALLY GRAND STRUMSTICK
The package includes:
- A McNally Grand Strumstick in the primary key of D
- (Can be tuned to various keys, see notes below)
- An instructional CD and booklet
- Pick and custom made quality padded gigbag
Amazingly easy and versatile! Sounds great right from the start - even in a beginners hands!
- NO WRONG NOTES AND NO TALENT REQUIRED
- Fun, not frustrating
- Fret one string, strum all three
- Whatever you do sounds OK.
What is it?
The McNally Strumstick is a unique hybrid of the Appalaichan Dulcimer and the guitar. Like the Dulcimer it is fretted using only the notes of the major scale. As a result the are NO WRONG NOTES! Making it easy for novices, yet amazingly versatile for all musicians.
The Strumstick was designed for people who don't play any musical instrument, and are convinced they can't play any music. There are no wrong notes, there are just the notes of a simple scale. ANYTHING YOU PLAY ON IT SOUNDS GOOD. Since there are no wrong notes, there are no mistakes, you can have fun making sounds without worrying about "getting it right". IT'S EASY!
The Strumstick is handmade in the USA by Bob McNally (who licensed the design to Martin Guitars for their “Backpacker” range of travel instruments) The Strumstick is made from quality materials featuring neck and rims of adouk, solid sitka spruce top and solid maple back. Approx dimensions are: L 33" W 5" - Weighs about 12 oz. The tone is like a cross between a banjo and a dulcimer.
The Grand Strumstick is tuned D.A.D. and plays in the key of D. It can also be tuned down as low as G (an octave below the Standard Strumstick) or up as high as G' (same as the Standard Strumstick. Useable keys are G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, and G'. The frets are placed to give a diatonic scale, with an additional flatted seventh. Pitch range is 2 1/2 octaves. The primary key is D. We also sell them in G and C.
The Strumstick is an ideal instrument for children to start on. Ages 3-5, some adult supervision and guidance recommended. For ages 6 to 96 a child-like spirit is useful but not essential.
The banjo/dulcimer sound of the Strumstick fits nicely into lots of different musical settings, especially folk, Celtic, country and roots music and is great for jamming!
WHO IS IT FOR?
People who do not play any musical instrument, and would like to be able to make some music, even though they think they can't.
People who already play another instrument, and want a fun, intuitive, great sounding little instrument.
People who plan on learning guitar who want to get some easy experience which will make guitar less challenging. Children, beginners or accomplished musicians alike
ALSO AVAILABLE IS THE STANDARD VERSION IN THE KEY OF G.
ALSO AVAILABLE IS THE ALTO VERSION IN THE KEY OF C.