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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

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 ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

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 ...
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Tuning the lowest bass string a hair flat

Thanks for a great question. Being a bassist and an admirer of Paul and the Beatles it was great to hear isolated bass tracks from the Abbey Road album. In answer to your summary question, there ...
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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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What is the "Jazz Bass Mid Scoop"?

The "Jazz Bass Mid Scoop" is absolutely real! When the Jazz bass is played with both pickups at the same volume, the sound will be mid-scooped. The term "mid-scooped" means that ...
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My hands hurt while playing bass

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 ...
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Bass guitar: Fret distance formula

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, ...
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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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Music Notation for Bass - Unknown Symbol : Slash with two dots

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 ...
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How can an electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?

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 ...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

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 ...
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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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Is EQ the only reason pickups sound different?

From a physics perspective... Different pickups have different magnetic fields. The magnetic fields have different shapes and sizes. Part of what makes typical humbuckers sound different from single-...
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Basic effects for bass

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 ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

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 ...
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What is a "horn" on a bass guitar?

The uppermost part of the guitar body, from where it leaves the neck to where, in most cases, the strap button is screwed in. So called as its shape resembles a horn (cow's, that is). As it's usually ...
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What does it mean for a bass player to play "on the one"?

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 ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

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 ...
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Do I risk damaging bass amp with electronic drums

As long as you use it at a reasonable level you should be fine (no guarantee is offered by me though!) Remember bass amps can not only handle lows but can also handle the high frequency and percussive ...
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Why do the bass guitars have so many knobs?

The difference is that guitar technology is hopelessly stuck in the 50s, whereas bass technology has moved on to actually make use of what was available in... the 80s or so. Namely, these basses with ...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

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 (...
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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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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

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 ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

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 ...
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What is the function of the black strip on the lower horn of a Fender Precision bass

On older Fenders, it's below the strings, later ones it's above, then it disappeared entirely. It's a finger/thumb rest. Back in the 50s/60s you'd rest your fingers there & actually play with ...
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Playing Pizzicato on an Electric Bass Guitar

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 ...
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In an active/passive instrument, does the passive mode consume battery as well?

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 ...
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How do bass effects differ from guitar effects?

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 ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

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 ...
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What model is my bass guitar?

Please take my light-hearted cynicism below with a pinch of salt - or tequila & lime ;) Well, as that's not the actual Yamaha logo, let's imagine someone made their own decals for it. See https://...
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