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Why the difference between double and electric bass fingering?

I play both basses, am influenced by Mingus (among others) and have heard and played this bass line many times before so here is the skinny: First, there is no reason to play this differently on ...
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How am I supposed to play this chord?

It's probably a copy-paste mistake, someone used a notation program's automatic features to create the tab and didn't check if it can actually be played. Try playing it as: 10 x 11 11 10 x It's a ...
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What does "gliss 2x" mean here?

I can just barely see the "common time" symbol at the left of your image, which denotes 4/4. The 2x is followed by parentheses which encapsulate the last rhythmic figure in the bar. This figure is an ...
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What is this open, vertical rectangular symbol?

The symbol denotes a tone cluster that includes all chromatic pitches between D1 and D2. The notation is explained in Rautavaara's "Table of Clusters".1 The effect can be heard in this ...
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How to interpret this "hammer on" in this guitar tab?

It’s a hammer-on fret 4 to 5 immediately followed by a pull-off fret 5 to 4. You just pick the note once, but do a hammer-on followed by a pull-off. Hammer-ons and pull-offs both use the same slur ...
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In a guitar tab, how do you play two distanced notes at once?

You could pick them simultaneously with two fingers of your strumming hand. In this case with your thumb (d-string) and middle or ring finger (high e-string). If you play with a pick you could as well ...
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Extra lines and curves in guitar tablature?

This curve is called a tie. it means that you have to hold the note for both of the values indicated; a quarter and an eighth note. This means that it's an eighth note. The way to indicate an eighth ...
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

There isn't any rhythm in that tab. In the absence of any rhythm, and with the numbers written with even spacing which provides no visual hints at rhythm, I would just play even values per bar. In ...
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What does the numbers mean in this guitar tab if they already gave the chords to play?

But I don’t understand the numbers. Is it for the fret. This kind of notation is called tablature, and essentially, yes - the number tells you which fret to play. it doesn’t make sense to me, if I’m ...
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How should I interpret decimals in guitar tabs?

I believe that this is referring to where you would place your finger to get the desired harmonics. The harmonic that generates the major third is right before the 4th fret, which would be 3.85. 3.2 ...
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Meaning of some symbols in classical guitar tablature

The C may stand for capotasto, cejilla or cejuela depending on the language. It basically means using a single finger to hold multiple strings, the same as a barre. The V or VII are Roman numerals and ...
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How to mute a string and play another at the same time

You mute with your fretting hand. A way to mute a single string with your fretting hand is to place one finger on the string as if you are going to fret it, but don’t press with the finger to fret the ...
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Why the difference between double and electric bass fingering?

Electric bass and upright bass are completely different instruments. They happen to have their strings tuned to the same notes, but that's roughly where the similarity ends. An electric bass is ...
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GuitarPro Notes Displaying One Octave Too Low

I figured out the answer to my own question. On the Track sidebar menu, a setting called "Transposition Tonality" needs to be set to "One Octave Lower" instead of "Same Octave". I don't actually know ...
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'+1' sign in guitar tab

If you mean the "+1" at the end of the curved arrow, that means bend that string upwards one whole step (two frets). Note that you should bend only the string the arrow starts at, not the other string ...
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In a guitar tab, how do you play two distanced notes at once?

As an alternative to Matt L.'s answer: If you want to strum with a pick and not play fingerstyle, you can use your left hand to mute the strings in between the played strings. In this instance, use ...
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Dead notes mixed in with other notes or Chords

Chords with dead note are a common part of plectrum based guitar playing (but not so much with fingerstyle. Hendrix himself, instead of playing barre chords, would wrap his thumb over top of the neck ...
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What does Harm. mean in guitar tabs

Harm. Just means to play the harmonics at that fret. The diamond is also the same instruction of playing harmonics at the 12th fret. The 12th fret has very strong harmonics that are the same note as ...
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Guitar Sheet Music not matching tabs

The sheet music staff has a key signature of four sharps. That means that the following four note-names and all staff positions where they occur are sharp by default, unless otherwise specifically ...
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What does "gliss 2x" mean here?

Two seperate things. "Gliss" applies to the octave B in normal size notes. The smaller notes, in brackets, are to be played as an alternative on the second pass. We assume the section is repeated.
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

This way of writing music is called 'tablature' or 'tab'. Sometimes, tablature has some indication of the rhythm, such as this example: However, tablature usually doesn't have any indiciation of the ...
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

Some pretext: In my answer, a tab, short for tablature, is a form of music notation for an entire song that plots the individual notes marked as fret numbers on each string. A chord diagram is the ...
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Why the difference between double and electric bass fingering?

Just guessing here: Uprights tend to sound better/louder in the lower registers since there is "more string" involve in the same note, so there is more mechanical energy if you fret it as ...
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Guitar tab symbol

Tim does surely have more expertise in this style of music, but I suppose this might be a notion of a tie. Both cases here are in place where a tie would make some sense, that is between the last 16th ...
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What are these black lines under the tabs?

Yes, they indicate rhythm. This is hybrid form of tab that combines numeric notation with the rhythmic part of traditional notation.
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How can I play these notes on A and G strings?

Those are octaves, it's a common technique. Either you mute the in-between string with one of your left-hand fingers so that the D string doesn't sound, or you don't use a pick and finger only the ...
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