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Jun
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reviewed Reject Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Jun
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comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Good answer, though I wouldn't say fourths tuning is necessarily ideal “for any instrument expected to play bass notes”. Cello is used a lot for bass lines too and it works just fine in fifths-tuning, because the scale is shorter and you need much less force than on double-bass. I'm pretty sure fifths tuning would work well on electric bass too – only, it wouldn't really have much advantage over fourths either; habit (electric bassists are rather more likely to also play guitar or double-bass) has established the fourths tuning.
Jun
25
answered Hammer on question
Jun
24
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Well I don't play upright bass so I can't really judge, but to me it sounds like you might as well say “you press with the ring finger, the pinky just supports and defines the exact spot”. Anyway, my point was that the pinky is never used on its own, certainly not stretched out away from the ring finger. Isn't this more or less true?
Jun
24
comment Would adding delay after the loadbox make it the same as if adding it in the effects loop?
@JBeurer: definitely; this kind of sound works best with digital delay & reverb after all nonlinear stages. Chorus/flanger can go in FX loop if you want.
Jun
24
comment Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
I thought Simandl's method always grouped the pinky together with the ring finger?
Jun
24
answered Why is the double bass the only instrument in the violin family tuned in fourths?
Jun
24
comment Would adding delay after the loadbox make it the same as if adding it in the effects loop?
What you're saying is right, but I think for different reasons. Putting a given delay before the cabinet does not in itself make the delay sound grittier, only 1. when multiple delay-voices mix before an all-tube amp's power stage, you get intermodulation. A bit of that usually sounds quite good (unlike preamp/distortion intermodulation, which makes full chords sound so muddy in distorted settings). 2. the tape machines of Hendrix' time were much more lo-fi than newer studio delays 3. when using FX sends, you can get delay with much broader stereo than anything before the amp.
Jun
22
comment How can an electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?
Interesting. Apparently, this idea never really caught on... wonder whether that's more due to practicality (hidden PUs can't be height-adjusted as easily as normal ones, and you can't get them as close to the strings) or because the look wasn't well-received.
Jun
21
comment Does a good amp have to be heavy?
Hm. Nowadays, you don't really need a transformer at all (well... switching power supplies still have HF transformers in them, but they're tiny). So I'd rather object to “the transformer is the engine”. You might say, the transformer is the carburator. (But are such analogies really useful?)
Jun
20
comment How to play the note on the 24th fret of the 1st string when my guitar only has 22 frets
Unlike with the natural harmonic, the bending-up also works for other pitches in that region, not only e'''. And it works also to get even higher on an instrument that already has 24 frets, for instance I quite often play the a' on my four-string bass this way. — Regarding ultrasonic slide playing, I recommend watching this...
Jun
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Jun
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revised Does a good amp have to be heavy?
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Jun
16
comment Proper symbol for this chord (1 5 7 9 11)?
I would call it F⁶/G, but that's more, like, my personal opinion.
Jun
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revised Does a good amp have to be heavy?
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Jun
16
comment Does a good amp have to be heavy?
@ToddWilcox: good point about transformers. (What you're saying about AlNiCo magnets I would, however, categorise mostly under vintage buzz... though indeed I'm also not overly fond of many modern compact designs (e.g. MarkBass amps), there are definitely many great combos with digital power stages and neodymium speakers).
Jun
16
answered Does a good amp have to be heavy?
Jun
14
comment Cello A5 possible?
@NicolasAntor: Sibelius is apparently not to be trusted with deciding what's playable and what's not! Really, the absolute pitch of a single note is almost completely irrelevant to this.
Jun
13
comment “Tritone” intervals in n-tone equal temperament
In most edo-tunings, almost all intervals sound horrible. The tritone usually won't stand out much... For instance in 16-edo, diminished seventh chords are pretty much the only proper chords you have, so they take on an almost consonant role.
Jun
13
comment “Tritone” intervals in n-tone equal temperament
@Tim: yes, you could indeed say so.