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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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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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I'm talking in general here so apologies if some of these don't seem relevant to your Hohner. Making your environment less 'hummy'. The kind of hum that pickups pick up is caused by electromagnetic fields in the environment; if you can identify a particular item that is causing the hum, then you may be able to turn it off or move away from it. Items that ...


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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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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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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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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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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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If you check out Jaco's video "Modern Electric Bass" , around 35:00 you can see that he does actually finger 2nd fret with his left hand on the A string while stretching his pinky finger up to 6th fret. Really interesting part in the video as he talks about harmonic technique in general. This guy also shows you how to do it ...


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To answer your question about the disadvantages of buying a 30" scale bass...there are none. For those naysayers...think Hofner for starters... Leo Fender, when he picked 34" was simply using @ 3/4 of the scale length of an upright bass. At one time most of the cheap copies were short scale, which probably contributed to the Short scale bad rep. Now that ...


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After 15 years of playing around with 34 inch basses, I bought an Ibanez 5 string mikro. I love it. Overnight many things which I struggled and failed to be able to play years ago, I can play now with ease. I can't put the bass down and it has totally brought me back into playing music. Before purchase I did research online, and honestly, I don't know ...


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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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For playing at home, in my opinion there is nothing better than some amp simulators. Try GuitarRig or AmpliTube (I prefer AmpliTube). For playing at home and maybe making some recordings it is a really good solution. You just need a USB interface for your guitar and a pair of headphones. Install it on your computer and start to play. Both programs have lots ...


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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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There are marked differences between basses and guitars, the main one being the string length. On a bass, this allows a longer string to be at a playable tension, whilst being thick enough to play lower notes. The high C found on some 5 string basses will sound somewhat like the bottom or 5th string on a standard guitar. Conversely, the bottom (usually B) ...


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Don't underestimate the ability to mentally relax your arms, forearms, and hands. If your hand is feeling cramps, you definitely need to investigate your arms more with a relaxed mind, and also maybe get a few massages. A lot of emotional energy can be pent up in your body, so don't slack on the sweaty exercise... You want to get back into ...


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Always be relaxed and comfortable as possible. if that means getting lighter strings then do it. If that means practicing not 15 minutes per day, but for several 15 minute sessions daily, then do it. Make a routine Stick to the routine Find someone within 100 miles whom you admire and contact them about lessons Mine - warmup - scales up one down the ...


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Best way to check is take out the battery, try to use it in passive mode. If it works, obviously it doesn't need or use the battery. Some guitars have separate jacks, some have a led that shows it's on active. Mine don't! They just suck the battery when I forget to take out the jack!



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