Tralian's Bio



                                          MEET THE WORLD'S FIRST TRILLOIST

            Tralian ( born April 8, 1957) is a classical musician, composer, and inventor, best known according to the United States Patent Office records, as the first person to invent a new method of playing kinetically with interlaced hands on an upright fretboard of a stringed instrument like a piano, issued on Feb. 19, 1991.

             Pioneer patent #4,993,300 describes the method of interlaced hands that integrate “as one appendage both moving fluidly together as one scale and one chord” taken verbatim from the contextual embodiment found in the USPTO archives. Tralian's pioneer methodology patent measured the fretboard for two hands using sharps as indicia, where interlaced hand movements were made tangible through a new universal system in elemental form, resulting in a singularity combining hands together. The method later evolved into the Expansion Principle, which collected the sharps into a series of five repeating symbols called the Flag System.

             The flags increase musical esoteric space over the chromatic scale, by adding 60% more musical distance to the fretboard in the same physical space over the octaves, which the piano also does by plotting the five sharp structure, and which according to Pythagoras, and esoteric knowledge, the number five is the universal number of expansion. In this new dimension the hands are able to juxtaposition in and out of octave registers, and still retain their continuity with the chromatic scale similar to the piano. The formula of the expansion principle subtracts the value of the octaves from dimension twelve, which equates to the third dimension by adding the numbers one and two. After subtracting the eight note octave value and the five flag value from 12D, Tralian then subtracted the lessor from the greater, or 12 divided by 8 = 1.5 octave range, and 12 divided by 5 = 2.4 flag range. Thus 2.4 minus 1.5 = .9 which equates to a 60% increase in the musical esoteric space of the fretboard for two handed playing. 1.5 * 60% = .9.

                              The Universal Flag System of the Expansion Principle


         Tralian was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Louis and Lucrecia Russo, traveling entertainers who sold him at birth to John and Anne Ignacki, who altered their surname to Ignatski, then to Egnatski. Tralian went by the name Gary Ejen for professional use, until he legalized his name to Tralian.

          In 1965 Tralian began his musical journey listening to classical music while residing in Corona Queens, N.Y. He practiced classical and electric guitar using various known methods that he learned after Jimmie Webster published the 'Illustrated Touch System' in 1952. He was further inspired by the N.Y. World's Fair in Queens, N.Y., most notably the Science pavilion, which influenced him and made a lasting impression showing him star systems set to classical music, produced by the Martin Marietta Aerospace company, which blended Tralian's musical interest with the stars. It was during this time that he conceived of the rhomboid shape of his instrument while observing the Little Dipper as a diamond-shaped perspective, and in 1982 produced his first rhomboid co-ordinate fretboard guitar called a flutar (or fluetar) designed to join hands together in a trilling/tapping method, which rhomboid design ironically provided the elements needed to support his new methodology.


           Tralian had a number of engagements and performances with the flutar in the 1980s, including an appearance on the Joe Franklin Show that aired on national television in 1983. The flutar was also recognized in various trade periodicals including "Guitar Player Magazine," "The Guitar: The History, The Music, The Players," in 1984, and "Guitar Gear" in 1985.

           On December 10, 1985 Tralian was granted a design patent Des. 281,700. The flutar's new diamond-shaped body perpendicular to the neck and hands, counterbalanced the instrument from both sides for upright hand over hand fingering when standing, which, if held horizontally, would be incongruent to the human body, so, by force of the design naturally angled the neck upright. The chin or bottom of the rhomboid was the perfect solution for centering the flutar between the thighs when sitting, and the neck provided more playing room. The flutar also made fretting easier because the longer scale length resulted in reduced string tension, which enhanced it's ability to feed back during ultra high magnetic amplification. The flutar's name was chosen because it shared a close relationship with singular note patterns produced by the flute when trilling. Tralian performed at Walt Disney's Tomorrowland from 1990-to late’94, as the stringed instrumentalist of tomorrow. Tralian and the flutar were filmed by Disney, and used in their commercials, with other Disney characters.


           Tralian culminated his new two handed playing method with the purest natural instrument ever conceived, and prototyped a new classical instrument called a trillo. invented from the Expansion Principle that won Tralian a pioneer methodology patent for playing with interlaced hands similar to the piano. But unlike the piano the trillo was not meant for self accompaniment, rather to be played with vibrato as a singularity, solo or in multiplicity as in the symphony. The trillo is an all wood natural instrument with a hollow neck and body, with three wooden internally resonant pressure bows, that utilizes a string chamber instead of a bridge, and transports sound waves up through harmonically tuned apertures on the fretboard taken from the flag system that serve as sound emanating apertures. The acoustical envelope is the first of it’s kind, with a unique body and neck, and three ornate scrolls, make the trillo intricate to build in comparison to other fine art stringed instruments.

          Direct string transfer from the nut to the chamber and only two points of contact, enable sound waves to gather and project inside the body and neck.  The sound of the acoustic produces a natural chorus sound, and the body of the trillo is diamond shaped, so that the artist can sit without the need of any attachments, placing the body between the thighs, or, the instrument can be played standing up by attaching looped cords around the scrolls on the body and wearing a strap over the back of the neck. The trillo has four strings, and is tenor in scale. The first trillo prototype was made of purple heart wood, accounting for it's crimson color. Subsequent trillos may possess superior sound qualities discerning to musical connoisseurs like that of Stradivarius violins.




Tralian Playing Alphadeidiem on THE FLUTAR

Tralian on THE FLUTAR Playing "Johnny B. Good"


Gary Ejen's Flutar, Guitar Player, June 1983, pp. 42–43.

Allan Kozinn et al., The Guitar: The History, The Music, The Players, (Quarto Marketing Ltd. 1984), p. 196.

DESIGN U.S. Patent No. D281,700 (filed 1983, granted 1985)

Guitar Gear, (John Brosh ed., William Morrow & Co 1985), pp. 250–51; Allan Kozinn et al., The Guitar: The History, The Music, The Players.

METHOD OF PLAYING A FRETTED STRING INSTRUMENT U.S. Patent No. 4,993,300 (filed 1987, priority to 1984, granted February 19, 1991)






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