RPM3 Jazz Trio
M3 guitar in a trio setting!
What is M3 guitar, you ask? It's a 7-string guitar tuned in major thirds. If you're a professional guitarist, this makes no sense. It takes years to adjust to the system, no one will ask you to bring it to a gig, you'd need to buy a specialized axe... Totally impractical. But for someone like me, it's a wonderful side project. The tuning yields beautiful close-voice chords a la Johnny Smith, minus the stretching. I also wanted to take on the trio format as a way of forcing myself to be a stronger player, and I wanted the intimacy of the small group. I've been developing a repertoire that I think highlights the strengths and felicities of the M3 system, and I wrote a method book for it. For details, see my M3 guitar web page.
Why "RPM3"? We're the Ralph Patt Memorial Trio: Ralph Patt, a NY studio guitarist, came up with this tuning in the 1930s.