Originally Posted by gfdhicool
I've been using a few of these for a band that has like super inaudible bass (Metallica specifically,****ing Lar$ and Jaimez).
I don't understand your question.
Let's say, your band decided to play, as close as possible, one of Metallica's songs.
All musicians are trying to play the "original notes" from that song.
Are you cheating if all musicians playing/copying the notes composed by other musicians?
Does it mean that if you are playing some cover tunes, you are cheating?
Due to some issues - bad recording, tuning is off, distorted bass sound, that one bass note is too low, too much drum/cymbal or other noise, etc... - you cannot recognize that one bass note or that one passage.
Usually, I used to ask
some of my keyboard players with absolute pitch to help me to identify that note/phrase/passage/etc... or
some other bass players who had already played that bassline.
I remember, one time my drum player told me about some notes that I missed, because he had a video for the drummers, explaining how to play that particular song.
Sometimes, watching a live performance of that group would give you some answers.
Nowadays, the Internet is very helpful.
In my opinion, if your band decided to play a cover tune, exactly the way it was originally played, it's not a cheating.
It's a nicely played cover tune.