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Thread: How to finger chords on a Tiple

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    Default How to finger chords on a Tiple

    If I just play my Martin T-15 tiple normally, many of the chords sounds awfully and I found out, it's not because of intonation, which is a common problem with Tiples but the thick(low) strings get very sharp if I press them down to the fingerboard. I can make it sound reasonable only when I finger on the fret.

    Are there better strings(I don't know what's on it but have bought La Bella TP-20) or should I file down the frets or?
    Mahimahi MS-35W Soprano Willow
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    Martin T-15 Tiple 1956

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    It sounds like a good set up would help, a luthier or guitar technician should be able to make it more playable & adjust the intonation
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    Does the tiple have steel strings and all your other instruments synthetics? If so it is likely that you lack the calluses required to play it without pain. It takes a few weeks of daily playing to get to that.

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    I play both nylon and steel.The problem arises when I press to hard, then the lower/thicker of the strings gets too sharp.
    I can even make vibrato when pressing down so the low string just hits the fret(it then sounds ok) but if I then press more it gets sharp.

    But to press 2 thin and 1 thick string at the same time, I need to press harder or only the thick string touches the fret. I try to set my fingers down just over the fret, but that is difficult to hit precisely.
    Mahimahi MS-35W Soprano Willow
    Mahimahi MC-35W Concerto Willow
    Martin T-15 Tiple 1956

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    Ah ok. As this is an old instrument it may need some nut and saddle adjustments like mentioned above.

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