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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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I have a somewhat unique approach to playing bass, much more aggressive lines and sometimes play what would be considered a lead line if a guitar was playing it (or other lead instrument). With that said, my current setup is as follows: Tuner pedal- Obviously used for tuning but can be very helpful to act as a mute. This is especially helpful if you need ...


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a tuner First off, I'd put a tuner; but this isn't really an effects pedal and you can get the same functionality in non-pedal form. a compressor : A compressor is probably the most used effects for bassists, by suitably tuning the controls you can make the attack and release of the notes more sharp providing a stronger, some might say punchier, rhythmic ...


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It's a strap-lock, unfortunately without the corresponding locking part. Mine on my old Rikki are Schaller, same as this, though no doubt there are other makers. From comments, a Grolsch beer bottle 'rubber washer' from their old-fashioned bottle tops makes a great free substitute


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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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To me it sounds like a bass guitar with distortion or a fuzz effect. Also since it's a rock band with a bassist it might not be a synth part. Edit: Looking at live videos, it seems he does use a synth [at least in the live version], but I still think you can replicate this with a bass guitar + distortion/fuzz Most of the fuzz pedals I have used with bass ...


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This is really up to what you want to do. I think I first started out with a fuzz pedal, but I don't use it so much. A lot of bassists use a wah wah pedal. I have one myself and it is pretty fun. If you like this kind of sound, you can also try out an envelope filter. It is pretty nice as well. I also use a octaver from time to time, but only on certain ...


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Because of the way vibrations on a string work, from the fundamental all the way up to the highest harmonics, the closer to the bridge you get, the more the balance skews towards higher harmonics. Conversely a pickup at the 12th fret would be overwhelmed by the fundamental on the open string. From Wikipedia: So what Fender mention is generally correct: ...


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Due to the lack of low end output that inbuilt speakers can provide, you often need to boost the overall output level of all low instruments such as bass guitars. All electric string instruments on guitar pro have a default 7 band EQ effect in the second effects slot (Shown below). Normally you will need to boost the overall level on this to between +10 and ...


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Besides the looper, overdrive and wah-wah/envelope-filter pedals mentioned in other answers, I like: Bass chorus: Chorus smooths out the growl of wound strings. I like the growl generally but it's good to vary the sound. Phaser: Phasing the bass is very effective way of getting a great tone for certain rock, funk and jazz tunes. Here's an article that ...


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Well, this is certainly a kind of distortion, but not the kind you get with a fuzz pedal. Fuzz and distortion pedals are characterised by sharp transistor clipping. Rather, the kind of distortion that you hear on old, loud records such as fire comes usually from tube amps that weren't originally meant to sound much distorted at all, but were just taken to ...


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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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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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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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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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A good amp, apart from sounding good, should have a long life before it. So check all the controls: do they make a solid impression? Do the pots move smoothly, nothing is loose, and nothing makes noises it shouldn't? If every change in settings comes with its own sequence of "snap, crackle, pop", then this won't get better over time. How much noise does ...


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Here is a possible problem... you say you have the bass ...with the action set as low as I can without buzzing. When slapping, the strings have to hit the fretboard. If they're right next to the fretboard, they just aren't able to get as much sound, just as if, for example, the beater on a kick drum pedal stood only a centimeter away from the head, you ...


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Put a finger, your index,on the strings, just resting on all 4, not pressing onto the fret.Anywhere will do for now. Without moving that index finger,bring the other 3 onto the fingerboard, again without pressing onto the frets. Don't bounce them off again, but leave them touching.You'll need to get some isolation between index and other three, so that the ...


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Of course, everything on bass guitar is pizzicato in theory, as nothing is bowed. I've only ever seen pizz. markings in double bass parts, which I've then played on bass guitar. You can imitate a pizzicato sound on bass guitar by plucking with the RH thumb while palm muting. This is also how a pizzicato marking should be executed on classical guitar.


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I think the best definition of a bass growl is A strong fundamental combined with a strong midrange overtone. Bass growl is typically found in acoustic standup basses which have wound strings. A strong pluck (pizzicato) will cause the wound strings to rattle against the fingerboard, causing the growl. The wound strings seem to be essential for this ...


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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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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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While less common for electric bass notation, pizzicato in this context means pluck the strings with the fingers, as opposed to using a pick or playing in a slap/pop style.


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A pick-up will pick up (!) the sound a string is making just above it. The three pups on Strats are (or used to be, originally) identical. The string vibrates at a different amplitude - hope it's the correct word - as in the movement is greater the closer to the string centre you get. So by the bridge, the pup will hear a tighter, thinner sound. One uses the ...


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For my bass guitar I like to look at the tone knob as a "hot" or "cold" type situation. Hot: This is when you want to cut through, or you have a prominent part. In the case of the bass, if I have a finger-style solo the tone knob is up pretty high. If I have a moving part in mid-range, it's up about half way. Cranking the tone up tends to sound more ...


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You should try Elixir Nickel Plated Steel Bass Strings with a Nanoweb Coating - They are roundwounds with a polymer web coating. The purpose of the coating is to prolong the lifespan of the roundwound strings by preventing any moisture or dirt from reaching the strings, thus preventing corrosion. But the added benefit is a noticeable reduction in ...


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In general people use the effects loop to insert certain effects after the preamp stage but before the power amp stage in their amplifier. The preamp stage is where the EQ is applied and this stage colors the sound the most. The preamp is also where you get some of the overdrive when you turn up the gain. The power amp is usually more transparent and ...


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Without having a proper clip to listen to, I would guess that it is either a overdriven amp or an effects pedal creating that. In a band situation I always found that a fully overdriven bass was too overpowering to be used other than for solos or other distinctive parts (such as the opening from All Around The World by Red Hot Chili Peppers), however ...



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