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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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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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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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Flat wound strings tend to sound less bright than roundwound. If you're concerned about finger wear, then I suppose flatwounds are a little kinder, although I use roundwound on most of my basses, and still have all my fingers - and no callouses!! I have a couple of fretless, and to me, they are made for flatwounds. The other slight problem is that flatwounds ...


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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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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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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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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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Normal bass is a full octave below a guitar. So if you're playing drop G on a 7 or 8 string, you're pretty close to the bottom of a standard 4 string bass. A 5 string bass will have a low B. So the simplest answer is that they're already there. However, that really only accounts for the pitch of the instrument. There are two other things to account for: ...


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yossarian has mentioned why a bass might be tonally more appropriate than a guitar; I'll add that the string spacing (as well as the thicker, tauter strings) make certain percussive techniques easier on a bass. Remember too that the standard-tuned bass is seen by many bassists as not going low enough - 5-string basses starting at B0 are common, with ...


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Most beginner basses come with round-wounds because these strings are more common (and therefore cheaper, supply and demand or something like that, the kids all want to play rock and roll with twangy sounds). For jazz/musical theatre I will usually use flat wounds and for anything wanting a little more bite then steel round-wounds. Obviously, as with ...


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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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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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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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This one was quite identical to the one you posted: ARIA PRO II IGB-49 Integra Bass


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Really depends on what you're looking for. If you want a more aggressive sound (usually used in punk/metal) bands, you can go for a distortion or an overdrive pedal. You might also find useful a compressor pedal for live shows. If you want loops, you'll need a looper pedal. I personally like the Fuzz pedals and use them quiet often. Many bassists use wah ...


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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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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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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 transcription....


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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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There are a few things you can try practicing, first on your own and then with your band: practice the arpeggios. play 5ths /octaves play the notes of the melody. play passing notes between all of the above. Try all of the above on a certain song and see which fit better. Not all of them will sound good on all the songs. After you see what fits better ...


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It's commonplace for the bass clef (usually left hand) of piano sheet music to contain more than one note. Usually, but not always, the bass guitarist will play single notes for their part in songs, because someone else is playing the other notes which make up the chords that are the backing. On bass guitars, often, playing two or more notes cause a ...


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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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