GB2412003A - Musical instrument and support - Google Patents

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GB2412003A
GB2412003A GB0404627A GB0404627A GB2412003A GB 2412003 A GB2412003 A GB 2412003A GB 0404627 A GB0404627 A GB 0404627A GB 0404627 A GB0404627 A GB 0404627A GB 2412003 A GB2412003 A GB 2412003A
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10DSTRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; AEOLIAN HARPS; SINGING-FLAME MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G10D1/00General design of stringed musical instruments
    • G10D1/04Plucked or strummed string instruments, e.g. harps or lyres
    • G10D1/05Plucked or strummed string instruments, e.g. harps or lyres with fret boards or fingerboards
    • G10D1/08Guitars
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    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10GAIDS FOR MUSIC; SUPPORTS FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; OTHER AUXILIARY DEVICES OR ACCESSORIES FOR MUSIC OR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
    • G10G5/00Supports for musical instruments
    • GPHYSICS
    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10GAIDS FOR MUSIC; SUPPORTS FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; OTHER AUXILIARY DEVICES OR ACCESSORIES FOR MUSIC OR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
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    • G10G5/005Supports for musical instruments while playing, e.g. cord, strap or harness

Abstract

This invention relates to a musical instrument and a support therefor. More particularly, but not exclusively, the invention relates to a stringed musical instrument. The instrument comprises a body (102) and a neck. The body is at least partially covered in a resilient material, for example latex. The resilient material may be impregnated with particles, for example either, or both, of cis 1,4 - polyacetate, or/and titanium dioxide. The body is covered in a resilient material that increases the longevity of a musical note and has a curved recess (114) formed in an edge of the body (102). The neck (104) has a number of nodules (124) spaced along it which allow a musician to check their fingering position without having to look at the neck (104). The recess (114) is arranged to receive a support (206). The support (206) is a projection from a belt (202) worn by the musician such that the weight of the instrument (100) is borne close to a musicians center of gravity. Such an arrangement improves the musician's melodic choreography, as the centre of gravity of the musician and the instrument (100) varies as the musician moves. A complimentary support arrangement (200) is also disclosed.

Description

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AND SUPPORT

This invention relates to a musical instrument and a support therefor.

More particularly, but not exclusively, the invention relates to a stringed musical instrument and a pelvic support therefor. Even more particularly, but not exclusively, the invention relates to a musical instrument and a support therefor where the instrument is supported upon the support such that the instrument is located close to a musician's centre of gravity.

A musician often wants to move about a stage whilst playing their instrument, and also wants to execute complicated and expressive movements, for example dancing, whilst doing so. However, the use of a strap slung over the musician's shoulder to support the instrument limits the freedom of motion of the musician, restricting the musician's melodic choreography, as the centre of gravity of the musician and their instrument varies as the musician moves and the strap and instrument shift as a result of this movement.

Additionally, the musician may lose track of their finger position, for example on a fret board of a guitar, whilst moving about the stage and this can lead to the musician playing an incorrect note or looking away from the audience to the instrument in order to check their fingering, and can limit the musicians ability to vocalise in sync with the music all of which are clearly undesirable.

According to a first aspect of the present invention there is provided a musical instrument comprising a body, the body having support bearing means, the support bearing means being arranged to receive a support such that the instrument is supported upon the support.

The support bearing means may comprise a recess in the body. The recess may be curved. The support bearing means may be arranged to receive an arm of a user or a support projecting from a garment worn by a user. The recess may be substantially U-shaped, may pass through both front and rear faces of the body, and may open through a side thereof.

The use of a recess in which the support is received removes the need for a strap arrangement to hold the instrument in place, thereby simplifying the construction of the instrument and allowing for the increased freedom of movement of a musician over current support arrangements.

Additionally, the use of the recess to receive a musician's arm increases the freedom of the musician to position the instrument according to their needs.

The instrument may comprise grip means, typically arranged to receive a thumb of a user. The grip means may comprise a groove. The grip means may be formed of rhodium. Alternatively, the grip means may be formed of any suitable metal or a plastics material. The grip means may comprise a plate.

A thumb grip plate increase the ease with which a musician can hold the instrument. A groove allows sweat to run away from the grip plate increasing the stability of the users hold upon the instrument and the use of rhodium limits the corrosive effect of sweat upon the grip plate.

The instrument may comprise guide means, for example a plurality of nodules, arranged to provide a user with an indication of finger positions upon the instrument. The guide means may be mounted upon a neck of the instrument. The guide means may comprise a plurality of nodules. The plurality of nodules may be formed into groups and each group may be positioned to be indicative of fingering positions of a note or chord. Each of the plurality of nodules may have differing shapes and/or differing textures. The guide means may be mounted upon a neck of the instrument and may project laterally therefrom.

The guide means allow a musician to check their fingering position upon, for example, a fret board of a guitar without having to look away from the audience.

The body may be at least partially covered with a resilient material, for example latex. The resilient material may be impregnated with particles, for example either, or both, of cis-1,4-polyacetate, or/and titanium dioxide. The resilient material may be arranged to increase the longevity of a musical note produced from the instrument The use of a resilient material covering the body acts to redistribute the sound waves within the instrument thereby increasing the longevity of the sound waves within the instrument. The impregnation of the material with particles enhances this effect.

The body may be hollow. The body may be formed of wood, for example mahogany. The body may comprise a pick-up, typically a magnetic pick- up, which may be internal of the body. The instrument may comprise a guitar.

According to a second aspect of the present invention there is provided a support, suitable for supporting a musical instrument according to the first aspect of the present invention, comprising, belt means and support means, the belt means being arranged to be worn by a user, the support means projecting from the belt means and being arranged to support a musical instrument.

The belt means may comprise a girdle arranged to be worn about a users pelvis. The belt means may be made of Lycra_ or any other suitable resilient fabric.

A belt, or girdle, is a convenient way to provide a support arrangement.

The use of resilient fabric allows a 'one-size' fits all approach to manufacture thereby reducing the complexity of the manufacture process and reducing costs, and increasing the simplicity of supply chain management.

The support means may comprise a tubular projection, typically a plain cylinder of circular or elliptical cross-section.

The support means may be arranged to locate about the centre of the user's pelvis.

This maintains the instrument at about the centre of gravity of the musician thereby increasing their ease of movement.

An instrument comprising guide means arranged to provide a user with an indication of finger positions upon the instrument.

An instrument comprising a body at least partially covered with a resilient material.

The invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which: Figure 1 is a front perspective sectional view of an embodiment of a musical instrument according to an aspect of the present invention; and Figure 2 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a support according to an aspect of the present invention.

Referring now to Figure 1, a guitar 100 comprises a hollow body 102 and a neck 104 with frets 106 thereupon. Strings 108 pass over the body 102 and up the neck 104 to a head 110 where they are tensioned by keys 112.

The guitar 100 is played in a conventional manner and can be either an electric guitar or an acoustic guitar.

The periphery of the body 102 has a curved U-shaped recess 114 cut IS therein, opposite the neck 104. The recess 114 is located such that the head of the recess corresponds to the centre of gravity of the guitar 100.

The recess 114 is sufficiently deep so as to receive a support, described hereinafter, or a musician's forearm with little opportunity for accidental movement of the guitar 100 from the support or the musicians forearm.

A rhodium thumb grip plate 116 is located on a edge, typically towards an apex of a curved edge, of the guitar 100 towards the neck 104. The musician uses the plate 116 when handling the guitar 100 to increase the musician's grip upon the guitar 100. The plate 116 will usually have a groove 118 cut into it to allow for sweat from the musician's hand to drain away during energetic performances. The plate 116 is particularly useful in increasing grip where a musician is resting the guitar 100 upon their forearm by means of the recess 114.

The body 102 is typically made from 3mm thick mahogany and is covered in a plastics material 120, typically latex, impregnated with titanium dioxide particles 122. The plastics material 120 can be impregnated with cis-1,4-polyacetate in addition to or in place of the titanium dioxide particles 122. The particles 122 act to divert sound waves generated by plucking of the strings 108 travelling across the surface of the body 102 back into the cavity of the body 102. This results in an increased longevity of a musical note, a sonic hold, to be maintained without the necessity to use of electric amplifiers, which can cause distortion, although it will be appreciated that amplifiers can be used if desired.

The neck 104 hasguide nodules 124 spaced along, and projecting laterally from, the neck 104. The guide nodules 124 are typically spaced at the 3r4, 5th, 7th, 8th, 1Oth, and 12'h frets 106 of the guitar 100 and consist of a number of projections that is the same as the number of the corresponding fret along the necklO4 In some embodiments the nodules may be of differing shape or length so that each nodule feels different to the touch..

When playing the guitar 100 a musician can determine the location of the "note fingering" hand upon the neck 104, and consequently upon the frets 106, by feeling the guide nodules 124 whilst playing the guitar 100. This reduces the tendency of the musician to look to the frets 106, and away from an audience, whilst playing the guitar 100.

Referring now to Figure 2, with reference to Figure 1, a support 200 comprises a belt 202 having Velcro_ fastening strips 204 at each end thereof and a circular cylindrical support member 206 projecting therefrom. The belt 202 is typically fabricated from a stretchable material such as Lycra_. The support member 206 is located approximately half way along the length of belt 202 and midway between the edges of the belt 202 and typically is moulded onto the belt 202 for strength and stability.

In use, a musician places the belt 202 about their pelvis and fastens the belt 202 in position using the fastening strips 204 such that the support member 206 projects from adjacent the centre of musician's pelvis. The musician places the guitar 100 onto the support 200 such that the support member 202 is located in the recess 114. This arrangement maintains the centre of gravity of musician and guitar 100 combination close to that of the musician alone and thereby allows the musician to move freely, as though substantially unencumbered by the guitar 100.

It will be appreciated that the support 200 may in the form of a harness, pants or any other suitable garment. r

Claims (31)

1. A musical instrument comprising a body, the body having support bearing means, the support bearing means being arranged to receive a support such that the instrument is supported upon the support.
2. An instrument according to Claim 1 wherein the support bearing means comprises a recess in the body.
3. An instrument according to Claim 2 wherein the recess is substantially U-shaped, passes through both front and rear faces of the body, and opens through a side thereof.
4. An instrument according to Claim 2 wherein the recess is arranged to receive an arm of a user or a support projecting from a garment worn by a user.
5. An instrument according to any one of Claims 2 to 4 wherein the recess is curved.
6. An instrument according to any preceding claim comprising grip means.
7. An instrument according to Claim 6 wherein the grip means comprises a groove.
8. An instrument according to either of Claims 6 or 7 wherein the grip means comprises a plate.
9. An instrument according to any one of Claims 6 to 8 wherein the grip means is formed of rhodium.
10. An instrument according to any preceding claim comprising guide means arranged to provide a user with an indication of finger positions upon the instrument.
11. An instrument comprising guide means arranged to provide a user with an indication of finger positions upon the instrument.
12. An instrument according to either Claim 10 or Claim 11 wherein the guide means comprises a plurality of nodules.
13. An instrument according to Claim 12 wherein the plurality of nodules are formed into groups and each group is positioned to be indicative of fingering positions of a note or chord.
14. An instrument according to any one of Claims 10 to 13 wherein the guide means is mounted upon a neck of the instrument and projects laterally therefrom.
15. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the body is at least partially covered with a resilient material.
16. An instrument comprising a body at least partially covered with a resilient material.
17. An instrument according to either Claim 15 or Claim 16 wherein the resilient material is impregnated with particles.
18. An instrument according to Claim 17 wherein the resilient material is impregnated with particles of either, or both, of cis-1,4-polyacetate, or/and titanium dioxide.
19. An instrument according to any one of Claims 15 to 18 wherein the resilient material is arranged to increase the longevity of a musical note produced from the instrument
20. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the body is hollow.
21. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the body is made of wood.
22. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the body comprises a pick-up.
23. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the pick- up is internal of the body.
24. An instrument according to any preceding claim wherein the instrument is a guitar
25. A support, suitable for supporting a musical instrument according to any one of Claims 1 to 24, comprising, belt means and support means, the belt means being arranged to be worn by a user, the support means projecting from the belt means and being arranged to support a musical instrument.
26. A support according to Claim 25 wherein the belt means comprises a girdle arranged to be worn about a users pelvis.
27. A support according to either of Claims 25 or 26 wherein the belt means is made of Lycra_ or any other suitable resilient fabric.
28. A support according to any one of Claims 25 to 27 wherein the support means comprises a tubular projection.
29. A support according to any one of Claims 25 to 28 wherein the support means is arranged to locate about the centre of the user's pelvis.
30. An instrument substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figure 1 of the accompanying drawings.
31. A support substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to Figure 2 of the accompanying drawings.
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