Although it might look impressive, it is a very easy instrument.
The way of playing is very close to that of a musicpad where you trigger samples just by hitting a pad.
The Kelstone is all about a new expression and control of one note and looking at a string from a different angle:
The string lies in front of you and your finger on top of it!
This position of the hands allows new and different movements of the fingers.
Movements that are impossible when your hand is wrapped around a neck like on other stringed instrument (be it guitar, ukele, tap guitar, violin,...)
The fingers approach the string from the side, so you have a large area on the finger and around the note to hit and manipulate it afterwards.
One can make extreme and very subtle slidings and bendings and have a total new control over the sustain and envelope of a note.
Like saxophone players or cellists you can change, prolong or end your notes.
’The Kelstone is a truly innovative and beautifully designed instrument. While it’s tone has similarities to guitars, the technique used to playing it results in new musical ideas that weren't possible before.'
- John Frizell, Hollywood composer: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Alien Resurrection, Dante’s Peak, Thirteen Ghosts, Ghost Ship, Gods and Generals, Stay Alive and The Reaping and many others
’The Kelstone is a unique re-envisioning of a guitar fretboard which allows me to see the guitar through fresh eyes and inspires me to think about harmony and melody in a new way when writing with the instrument.’
- Nathan Barr, film composer: From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter , Cabin Fever ,The Dukes of Hazzard , True Blood and many others
Other Kelstone users include Trentemøller, Dr Lonnie Smith, Jem Godfrey and Planet Funk.