Welcome

Welcome to Fat Knuckle Freddy! FKF is a composer, guitarist and a songwriter. FKF plays and composes American Primitive Music, Music Noir and Demon Graveyard Blues. FKF plays Fretless Slide (Octave Bass) Guitars, 3 & 4 String Cigar Box Guitars, Baritone Guitar, Fretless Acoustic Guitar, Archtop Guitar,  Resonator Guitar, and the Shovelcaster.

Fat Knuckle Freddy got his name when he broke and dislocated his fretboard pinkie at the middle knuckle. It's now the size of a thumb knuckle and points a few degrees outward. This gives FKF a little extra stretch on the fretboard but he mostly covers it with his stunning slide.


 

BONES- New EP! 

On 1/20/18, I recorded and released BONES, instrumental music for fretless 3 string guitar in 72et. What’s 72et? It stands for 72 equal temperament, meaning 72 notes to the octave, 6 notes to a half step. The 12 standard notes are still present. Why do this? Because it gives me the ability to tune my notes very closely with nature aka just intonation. I do this all the time when I play slide but since I’m playing a fretless on this recording, I can finger the adjusted notes as well.

Just because I’m using microtones, that doesn’t mean the music sounds like the greatest hits from some alien planet. Let me explain. Take the 12 notes and divide them into a 100c (cents) each. A just major third, one that sounds beautiful is 386c. An equal tempered third is 400c, 14c sharper than nature. This is usually the big problem on all guitars, the major 3rd is out of tune. The smallest interval in 72et is 16c. So, when I play a major 3rd with my slide, I flat it from ET by 16c as a guide and use my ear to tune it properly. So, most of the times, I’m probably 14c flat, but why be so specific? I just need a guide to get me there and 72et does the job.

A just minor third is 316c and an ET 3rd is 300c, 16c flat. This is why every blues guitarist bends that minor 3rd up. The so called sweet spot. Well, that sweet spot has a name, meaning a just minor 3rd, the right note. So, with my slide, I play 16c sharper than ET and I get the just minor 3rd. If you’re playing slide guitar, you can do this on a fretted guitar as well as a fretless. 

So, as a guide this is how you can adjust your notes to sound sweeter. Minor 3,6 & 7 up 16c. Major 3,6 & 7 down 16c. Augmented 4 down 16c. Diminished 5 up 33c. Depending on the melody note or chord prior and following, minor 2 up 16c. Major 2 down 16c. 

I do this to all scales, including the blues scale. 

Here’s the link to the EP on bandcamp. Stream it with the app, or buy it for $3. That’s right a whopping $3 for 72 notes to the octave. Sounds like a deal to me.

-FKF

 

 

Dig My Blues!-Available at Bandcamp 

Target On My Chest-Available at Bandcamp 

 

Hi-Fi/Lo-Fi Dual CD Release at Portland House Of Music  

Fat Knuckle Freddy will be releasing two CD's on 10/27/17 at Portland House Of Music and Events (PHOME)., Portland, ME. The Hi-Fi , "Target On My Chest" features cigar box guitars and BB Webber on drums. Recorded at Pigcat Studios, Portland, ME by Scott Webber. The Lo-Fi, "Dig My Blues" is solo with all songs on a Shovelcaster, 3 string shovel guitar, vocals through a telephone microphone and a license plate stomped for percussion. Recorded at Brass Knuckle Studios by FKF.

Special guests will be Clara Junken and her band and Meanmugg.

$8 in advance. $10 day of show. For more information click on events.

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Introducing The Shovelcaster! 

A sample of a new video project. Sugar Woman performed on a 3 string shovel guitar through a Pignose fuzz pedal, directly into a bass speaker. Vocals via telephone microphone into a Pignose amp. Percussion is a Maine license plate. Music and lyrics by Fat Knuckle Freddy. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. 

The Legend Of John Von Bern (The Minute Sessions) Limited Release! 

The Legend Of John Von Bern is now available on Bandcamp. 15 instrumentals with 15 bonus videos. Buy now for $4! 

2017 UPDATES! 

Two new recordings are coming. One with new drummer, BB Webber. We're mixing right now and hope to release in August. I'm only playing cigar box guitars and it has vocals.The recording is exceeding expectations. 

The second is The Legend Of John Von Bern (The Minute Sessions). I distilled my acoustic guitar instrumentals to about a minute long. It's 15 instrumentals lasting about 18 minutes. Originally, the instrumentals were about an hours worth of music. I did a video release. The video playlist is above. Please follow FKF on Bandcamp for all new releases. 

Enjoy-FKF

 

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Fat Knuckle Freddy at Amigos!

Amigos Mexican Restaurant, 9 Dana St, Portland

The final show at Amigos on the patio. It's the fall but it's nice. Young Brett on drums. The official goodbye to the Summer Patio Series. Original Graveyard Blues. "This ain't your Grandaddy's blues, kid."