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Is there a mathematical formula or a list of frequencies (Hz) of notes?

In the 12-TET (12 Tone Equal Temperament) tuning system, we want the ratio of pitches in an octave to be 2:1, and we also want 12 (exponentially) equally spaced semitones per octave. So, the ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got 2 weeks to learn 7 finger-burning songs on bass. Any ideas on what should my strategy be? Tough challenge based on how you're framing it up: Their songs are way more complex than pretty much ...
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Where do the natural harmonics fall on the bass guitar?

It's the same as on a guitar. Harmonics occur at equal divisions of the string length. Half the string is the location of the 12th fret. This produces a harmonic at twice the frequency of the open ...
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Low Eb on electric bass

There's plenty of 5-string basses out there. I'd just write it. You can give a 4-string player a get-out like this. But he'd do it anyway.
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Am I going to be handicapped for attempting to study theory with a monophonic instrument?

You've expressed an accurate sense of why there is a theory advantage with the piano, but since you also very clearly are drawn to the bass, a couple of comments: Particularly if you play jazz or ...
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Why are eighth notes seemingly so important in bass guitar?

They're a staple of rock, and as bass guitar is often used as a rock instrument, they are seen as one of the basic techniques of bass playing. With many rock rhythms, quarter notes are too slow and ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I'm going to assume the usual way I get given new material to learn, as I don't read... so I get some recordings & have to figure it out from that. Edit This method is definitely intended to ...
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How difficult is the transition from upright bass to electric bass?

Honestly, it's dead easy. The transition the other way, electric to upright, is much harder. I can't really add much more except anecdote. I've played both in my life, but started on electric & ...
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When creating a bass line, how do I know what notes I'm allowed to use?

Where my confusion really comes in is that if the song is in the key of G does that mean I'm only allowed to play the notes in that scale (G,A,B,C,D,E, F#)? The key of a song does not determine ...
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Low Eb on electric bass

There is a big difference in the sound of the lowest Eb on a 4 string bass and an Eb an octave lower so if that is the sound you want go after it. As a bassist if I know someone wants that note or any ...
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Could someone explain slapping?

Fretless and fretted basses are to a degree rather different animals.There are things one can do on one that aren't so effective on the other. So it is with slapping and popping. The lack of fretwires ...
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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

You are trying to reinvent the wheel it seems. All you have to do if you want to see the actual pitches of the open strings of the guitar is use the grand staff: I showed where the G and B strings ...
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Calluses - are they really a necessity for guitarists?

I don’t have full calluses, but my fingertips are definitely harder when I play regularly than when I go for a couple of months without playing. I find the harder skin really helps hammer-ons be ...
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Do electric bass players commonly play the notes of the current chord?

Do electric bass players commonly play the notes of the current chord? Yes they do, by definition of what is the de-facto actual current sounding chord. Whatever the bass players plays, defines the ...
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Why do notes played on bass strings on the highest frets sound bad?

Very likely, inharmonicity is the key. Bass strings are normally thicker, in order to have more weight per length unit which makes their resonant frequency lower. But the thicker it is, compared to ...
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When creating a bass line, how do I know what notes I'm allowed to use?

There are many different ways to approach the bass and the approach that you take may depend on what styles/genres of music you are playing. The first thing that you want to do is understand the ...
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Calluses - are they really a necessity for guitarists?

I'm a full time guitarist. When I was young I couldn't afford good instruments, so my guitars fought me all the time, and I had really thick calluses - if I tapped my fingertips against a glass you ...
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How to write down slap bass on score?

The standard way to do notate slaps and pops is to use a letter above or below the note to specify the technique and a standard or "x" note head to specify whether the note is sounded or ...
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

Guitars and basses are related. A standard 4 string bass is tuned the same way as the lowest 4 strings on a guitar, EADG but one octave lower. If you ignore the two highest strings on the guitar then ...
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Can I play a electric guitar through a bass amplifier?

Bass amps have been used by guitarists for many decades. In some instances, they work better for guitarists than other amps designed for guitars, especially the speakers. If you are going to use ...
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What is the best way to go about re-learning an instrument?

All good advice in the other answers. The thing I’d add is, have a reason to play regularly. What that reason is will be down to you. Join a band, go to a regular jam session, be working towards ...
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Is the main role of the bass guitar to give a pitch to the kick drum?

The main role of a Bass is going to be different depending on the style. My answer is going to relate to Pop/rock. Rhythm: The Bass guitar is part of the rhythm section. Obviously the drums are also ...
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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

Not that common. Normally 5-string basses will have a low B. Giving B E A D G. The other option is to have a high C. Working on the premise that every string is a P4 from the next. Giving E A D G C. ...
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Should I be worried about buzzing on my bass?

In general, it's fairly common for a bass set up with a reasonably low action to have a few rattles and buzzes here and there and not something to worry about. However, if it's bothering you at all, ...
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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

Yes, by convention when schematically drawing the strings of an instrument, the strings are drawn ordered top-down from the higher pitched to the lower pitched. So, in a drawing, the 1st string of an ...
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

The basic problem with a bass guitar in a guitar amp is that speaker and cabinet are not built for the low frequencies of the bass guitar. That means that at the low notes, the speaker will convert ...
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Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?

They're not normal. Normal is each of the two screws is level, for each string, so the string sits happily centrally on its saddle. there's far more chance of the lower screw dropping, than the higher ...
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How to play electric guitar and bass as a duet

There's no better approach than learning the bass parts and guitar parts from your favourite songs and trying to play them. Try by ear but also get through all available transcriptions and tutorials ...
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Why can't I hear fret buzz through the amp?

The hard impact of the string on the buzzing fret will take some of the energy from the vibrating string (mostly from the lower frequency energy, as this is the energy represented in the larger-...
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Anatomy of plucking hand's motions for a bass guitar

Classical guitar players can play quite fast using just their first two right hand fingers. Although it is true that the fastest tremolos are played with three fingers, I think it's very likely you ...
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