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I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to vehemently disagree with some of the answers so far that want to make spurious claims that "left-handed people have an advantage when playing right-handed guitar/ukelele." Such claims are usually promoted by right-handers who have little experience with left-handed musicians. If you think about it just a bit, ...


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Some 'left-handed' modifications are worth fighting for. This one isn't. You won before you started! EVERYONE plays uke 'left-handed'. The left hand does the clever stuff, the right hand just has to strum. We will doubtless now hear some attempts to justify the political stance that left-handers MUST be separately catered for at all times :-)


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Bass is a tough gig when you're only 12. It will get better. I started playing bass in a band at 13 - we were all a bit clueless & it was decided Friday we really ought to have a bassist [yup, we didn't have one before that… we didn't know any better ;) So i bought one on Saturday & gigged it for the first time Sunday. That was one heck of a learning ...


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In a 12-tone, equal tempered scale, we want our frequency to double (become an octave higher) every 12 semitones, and we want our semitones to be evenly-spaced. As each fret represents a semitone, and the fundamental frequency of oscillation of an ideal string is proportionate to the reciprocal of its length, this means that every fret should be a factor ...


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I would roughly order the contributors to electric guitar tone as: Amp and effects Body type (solid, hollow, semi-hollow) Tone knobs in the instrument Pickups and their position Picking method, and player's touch (fingers/picks/plectrum; plectrum type) String gauge and type Bridge type (floating vs fixed) Neck construction (through-neck or bolt-on) Body ...


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Yes there is a very simple way to prevent this. Instead of just plugging it in directly to your guitar/bass, you can loop it though your strap(picture coming soon). By doing this, all the force from stepping on your cable or moving to much will be transferred to your strap and not the input jack. If you do move to far from your amp you could still yank it ...


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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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In my experience, here's what jazz performance auditions usually consist of: play a standard 12 bar blues (usually in F, and it would help if you know this form--shown here in the key of C) play another song (sometimes of your choosing, sometimes of their choosing) For jazz bass, "playing" these songs could include any of the following: playing the melody ...


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This means the scale step, either of the current key, or more likely, of the current chord. Playing "one" means playing the root; "three" means the third above; "five" means the fifth above. For example on a G-major chord, one=G, three=B, and 5=D (and 7=F), etc.


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The standard tuning of the bass strings are the same as the bottom four of standard guitar tuning - E, A, D, G - but one octave lower. The tones of chords are the same between the instruments except they sound one octave lower on bass. So A2 E3 A3 C#4 on guitar will sound A1 E2 A2 C#3 on bass guitar, and the fretting can be the same. In terms of how to ...


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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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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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Welcome to the wonderful world of transposing instruments. As you've identified, the factors at play here are: The flugelhorn is indeed a transposing instrument, in Bb. That means it plays a tone (not semitone) lower than written. If you play a written C on a flugelhorn, it will really be a Bb. The flugelhorn is a wind instrument, which will not play in ...


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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-amplitude aspects of the vibration), and convert it into higher-frequency energy that both forms a new pattern of vibration of the string, and also causes the fret ...


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Little background: I play the guitar (and uke!) left-handed. left handedness...is connected to the right hemisphere of the brain - which is the location for creativeness and abstract thinking Less so than people say, and is the fretting hand or strumming/picking hand the creative one? I even suggested I will buy or re-string their ukulele to left hand....


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I'll put my 2 cents in as well. All this discussion is particularly interesting and relevant to me. I am naturally left handed. My introduction to instrumental playing was when I received a guitar for my 14th birthday. Not knowing any better, I swapped the strings around and then proceeded to happily teach myself left handed. For me, learning to read ...


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I would focus on hardware, not so much on software. Get a decent digital audio interface; you can find some for under $200 USD. You can use pretty much any recording software, such as Audacity which has already been mentioned. I use an Alesis io|2 for example; very simple, just 2 analog channels, midi in/out, and connects to my laptop via USB. With this ...


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For windows: The bare-bones way is to use the microphone or the line-in. I found the line-in to be a better choice, but either way, you need to reduce the amplifier volume to avoid clipping. This volume level will be pretty low, and it is specific to your equipment. After you adjust the amplifier volume, you can then adjust the overall volume on the ...


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It is more difficult to achieve drop tunings while keeping sufficient string tension on short scale basses.


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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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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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Bassically, the bass guitar wasn't designed or expected to have chords played on it. The notes are low, and even playing a simple triad often doesn't sound good. Muddy describes it well. So, using a guitar and a bass, it's best to stick to one note on the bass, and the chord, or the rest of it, on the guitar. Thus, the bass could play one of the triad notes ...


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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. It is probably the result of a guitarist being more used to guitar tuning. But it doesn't help bass players. The idea behind the G>B (M3) on guitar is to ...


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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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I have still a long way to go regarding guitar playing but i have found in Rocksmith a valuable tool for learning. There are a couple things you need to have in mind when using it: Make sure your guitar intonation is right, or Rocksmith will throw errors when you are near the 12th fret. When there are several notes on the same string and fret at a high ...


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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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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: On the same theme, as of a few days ago, Seymour ...


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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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Sometimes it's just the color of the case, the branding (Bass Fuzz X28-B instead of just Fuzz X28), and the marketing ("As seen in Bass Magazine!"). If it goes beyond that, well obviously bass effects are designed to handle a wider range of frequencies, especially those below the normal range of a guitar. In addition to an overall wider frequency response, ...


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