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It's a simile. There are a few different types of similes and this one means "play the last notated measure again". So in this piece you will end up playing the measure before the simile marks 3 times, then play the next notated measure. It's pretty much a very shorthand way of saying "Play what you just played again".


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Piezo-electric transducers lurking under the saddles on the bridge! just like acoustic guitars have possessed for ages. Now bassists have the opportunity to use this technology. It's not new, but quite new on basses. Next may be a 'hybrid' with standard pups and p-e ts.


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Working in passive mode with the battery removed does not necessarily prove it does not use any battery when the battery is inserted. It may still leak current if the circuit is not completely broken by the switch. If you want to know for sure, connect up a multimeter to the battery on the ammeter setting (Google how to measure current with a multimeter). ...


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It can be done with either the fretting hand or the picking hand and there are several methods that can be used such as: The fretting hand can lift up slightly to mute a note that was just being fretted. Letting the pressure up and resting the finger on the string will stop it from vibrating. The fretting hand can mute adjacent strings that is not being ...


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The same question for strings in general is discussed here. Here are a few good quotes from that discussion: The truth is that you want strength at the heel of the neck, you want slimness where your fingers need to go the most, and you don't want a baseball bat for your neck and Then there is the matter of the amplitude of a vibrating string. As ...


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As well as the in-bridge piezo pickups (either for acoustic tones or MIDI, which is what the Variax guitars use to feed the modelling system), there is a relatively rare second option: hidden pickups. The "Type I" Fender Marauder, for example, had magnetic pickups concealed under the pick guard:


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In a nutshell: different hands have different requirements. Your left hand (assuming you are right-handed) has to comfortably reach around the neck to fret the notes. Since the indispensible lowest-string notes (the ones you cannot play on a higher string) are in the lowest position, you want the neck to be reasonably narrow near the headstock. Also, any ...


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Practice. Also practice, and finally practice some more. For several years, Tom Morello practiced guitar at least eight hours a day, regardless of whether he needed sleep or anything else. Take lessons. And practice the things your teacher shows you. Get into a band - any band, it doesn't have to be a great band. Try to be the best musician in the band. Try ...


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It looks like a string mute of the kind made by e.g. http://www.gruvgear.com/fretwraps. It would be used to mute the string somewhat to reduce sustain and the number of higher overtones. In some circumstances you can mute easily enough without needing such an accessory, e.g. by using right or left hand muting, but with some techniques and for some pieces ...


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Although I'm not sure I can identify the mystery set, I have found Fender's stainless-steel flatwounds to have the greatest "mwah" factor. These particular strings (either their medium or light flatwound stainless) are the only kind I like on my fretless Jazz. In addition, one thing you can do to enhance the warmth is to use a dampener either just above or ...


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I'm turning my comment into an answer: Old roundwounds are most likely the sound you are looking for. Have fun aging them!


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The bassist in your photo is using a technique popularized by jazz bassist Victor Wooten about 25 years ago. (I was a friend of his back in the day.) Wooten uses one or more of an ordinary and cheap girl's hair-tie: an elastic and yarn hair-band, or "scrunchie", of the kind that can be found for 50 cents in any drug store or department store. He got the idea ...


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Obviously I'd echo Shevliaskovic's advice that seeing a doctor might be appropriate as no-one here is in the best position to give advice on an individual's medical issues. Personally, things I have found help with these kind of issues are : Lighter instruments, of course, as Neil Meyer mentions Ensuring that the way you have you strap set up allows your ...


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It is important to remember that you are a human being first, a musician second, and a bassist third. Musical instruments are not monogamous. As a musician, you feel a need (on some level) to express yourself. The manner in which you do so may change throughout the course of your life, and that's okay. Personally, I cycle through several instruments, ...


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My expectation is that indeed Jaco was able to stretch to the 6th fret. Two options you may consider are: Fret overhand instead of under. You can probably even use your thumb to hit the harmonic in this position. Change it to a pinch harmonic by fretting the 2nd fret B, and pinching with your plucking hand such that the pinch point is equidistant from the ...


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When playing a fretted note on the A string, the fingers of your left hand have to pass over the D and G strings anyway. If you want to mute the strings you aren't playing, you can use this to your advantage. Allow your fingers to gently touch these strings, not enough to fret, simply to rest there. Also, if you're playing an open note on the A string, ...


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It is short-hand for "play this measure the same way you played the previous measure". Sometimes it is called the "repeat bar" symbol. It is not particular to music notation for bass. It is frequently found, for instance, in fake-book charts and in notation for the "rhythm section" in jazz, meaning percussion, bass, piano and guitar (with guitar, ...


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On the one hand... Often the plucking hand thumb will look after the E string, and some players use the extra fingers on that hand to damp the upper strings. Or use the side of the palm/pinky to damp other strings. An acquired idea, but it leaves the gap where your finger joins your palm with a gap for the played note to ring. On the other hand... Use the ...


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Although the answers so far are pretty comprehensive, I think it's worth mentioning that it's hard to get a note to stop really fast (which is what gives nice 'tight' phrasing) using fretting-hand muting alone. To get a really tight stop, you often need to mute over (or near) the pickup - so even if you do lift the finger on the fretting hand slightly, you ...


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To answer (1), I'd say the biggest single difference between a guitar and a bass is actually the separation (finger space in millimetres) between the strings. The instruments are intended for completely different jobs and picking styles, hence the difference. (Yes I know bassists can play chords but that is uncommon in mainstream pop/rock.) To answer (2), ...


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You have a few questions in there, which is not really the best way to structure questions on Stack Exchange. I'll cover off your main one, and you may wish to ask the others separately: For any reasonable quality audio work, get a separate sound card / interface. It sounds like the main part of your problem is from incorrect levels - ie your pedal may not ...


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It's a mute. What the other answers appear to be missing that in the position in the picture, the mute is off. If you want it to have a significant effect, you have to pull it down to a position on or beyond the nut. As long as it is above, its effect should be negligible. So the reason you mostly see it above the nut is that it is sitting dormant there ...


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Let me point out a common misconception about your hands. It is moisture/sweat that leads to blisters and irritation. As an experienced rock climber, I have witnessed many new climbers come into the gym and use lotion before a climbing workout. The result - tons of blisters and zero durability. Your hands work best when they are dry, not lubricated. ...


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The bass is an inherently melodic instrument that is unique in that it provides the core definition of both the harmony AND the rhythm. In constructing lines, it's important to remember that the folks above you in the frequency scale will be depending on you to be underneath them, supporting them. Nothing more disconcerting as a singer or rhythm player to ...


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You can stop a strong vibrating with either hand depending on what you need to do, timing-wise, and what type of stop you want. Sometimes it is easiest to just damp with the left hand while the right hand picks the next note, but other times you may want a hard damp from your right hand.


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You are correct that the songs will not be "broken" in the sense that they won't sound totally different. Every single note will sound lower, but the relationships between the notes will be preserved - because every note will be lowered by the same amount. As you note, that will make the overall song sound a little different. It will make each song sound ...


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6 or 7 hrs is a long gig! Check with your Musicians Union on the recommended length of playing time before breaks - and how long they can be. Another cause can be how low you sling your guitar. The higher the better for looking after backs, so if you have yours really low, as seems to be the current fashion, you'll be crouching to look at frets, and the ...


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My approach would be to assume that this was written for double bass, and that the intention was to give that section a different texture and/or rhythmic feeling than the previous section. And I'd try to listen to the group as a whole and figure out how you can help create that same sense of contrast in your group's performance (without necessarily trying ...


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I have a few product suggestions. Some are quite unexpected but I have found them effective! Talcum/magnesium/baby powder works fine to keep my hands dry but I naturally have very dry skin so sometimes it's too much and makes my hands feel uncomfortable. It's cheap so you can always try this first. It can used for other body parts as well (against chafing ...


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Adding to piofusco's comment above, I'll agree that it's sweat which cases the blisters and irritation. An additional option beyond applying something to your hands is to change the strings you're using. Geezer Butler is a big fan of DR's coated strings specifically because he finds them to be very good at wicking sweat from his fingers, eliminating his ...



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