A question I think most bass players will know the answer to ...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Captain Comet, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. ... What note is your house tuned to?

    As in, what note is that harmonic that walks all of your wife's delicate knick-knacks off the shelves, and shakes the dust off of the ceiling?

    Wondering if this is the same for all, or if buildings resonate at different notes? I am thinking construction may play into this.

    For my house that note is G.
    BOOG, alanolynn, Fialka and 1 other person like this.
  2. BLDavis

    BLDavis May the Tort be with you. Gold Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    "D". When I throw the lever on my D-Tuner I can rearrange all the dishes in the kitchen cabinets.....from the living room.
  3. fourstr00


    Mar 21, 2002
    Chicago Area
    A, slightly (ten cents) flat.

    It’s a 50’s bungalow so probably a little rattly due to the age and construction. I wonder if lower or higher note correlate to overall home tightness.
    Element Zero, Winoman and MattZilla like this.
  4. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
    I don't have a wife, I don't have dust on the ceiling, I don't have knick-knacks on any shelves and I don't play the bass loud enough to do any rearranging of the furniture. I am 70 and after 60 years of loud rock and roll my high frequency hearing is shot to hell so I never play anything loud anymore. I never expected to live this long so now I am trying to take good care of myself so I last a few years longer. Life is wonderful.
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Open A. A on the E string doesn't do it for some reason.

    Right after my divorce from my first wife I lived in an apartment. It was mainly a college apartment complex and I was almost 30.

    Upstairs lived a couple of skinhead rappers. Yes, you read that correctly. They would "practice" at "odd" hours.

    I owned two vehicles. I had politely warned them to check the parking lot for my two vehicles before beginning their "practice". They seemed to understand..... but they didn't.

    So, I was playing a lot of gigs at that time that ran late. I would get home around 4 or 5 a.m. After one such gig, and several warnings to the idiots upstairs, I decided to strike back.

    I hooked up my Ampeg SVT III and Isovent cab (two 10s and two 15s) and let it eat. I played for about a half hour. (The building was new and we were the only two occupants at the time.)

    I was told by one of their friends that lots of stuff fell down in their apartment. A skull candle fell off of the fridge and broke. And I never heard another peep out of those dipsticks.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2019
  6. renobassman


    Jul 27, 2011
    D. The 10th fret of the E string really does it.
    AudioTaper and Winoman like this.
  7. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    My house is tuned to all 12 keys. Crap rattles no matter what note I play.

    Mili, design, pbass74 and 19 others like this.
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    same. G. :)
  9. mrcbass


    Jan 14, 2016
    Sacramento, CA
    D for me as well - that one will knock pictures off walls....
    AudioTaper and Socobass like this.
  10. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    I keep my gear up in one of the turrets so as not to disturb anyone. Even my pastry chefs and stablehands need their rest!

  11. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Are we talking about resonant frequencies? My band room seems to pronounce A tones the loudest. There is some phase cancellation going on when I hit F#; those notes are noticeably quieter. Standing waves are a pain in that room.
  12. @two fingers , my post-divorce story is just a little different. There was a young man who lived in a garden apartment diagonally across a small parking lot from my place. He decided, one Sunday afternoon, to bring his bass combo onto his front patio and serenade the neighborhood. He was new at it, and unskilled.

    After a half hour of wanking, I decided to position my GK 400RB and the 2x10 + 1x15 cabs in my front doorway (faced his patio directly), plugged in, and played about 30 seconds of Duran Duran’s White Lines cover. Then closed my front door.

    Message delivered. He packed up.

    A couple of years later, the cops shut the complex down because he was holed up in his family’s apartment holding a gun on his family after he committed an armed robbery. He eventually surrendered, and the family moved out in the middle of the night soon afterwards.

    I love my adopted state, but FloriDUH is a thing here.
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    :roflmao: You win.
    el murdoque and PlatoFunFactory like this.
  14. Nope. I like your story better. Especially about the broken skull candle at 4 AM! :thumbsup:
  15. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I don't play loud enough in my apartment to know but I used to play a club in Webster, MA which was tuned to a C, it was like being inside of a bottle that was tuned to a certain note when you blew across it, it was terrible, I had to avoid that note, (which is pretty hard to do) it was like twice as loud as all other notes on my bass. You could hear the air in the room resonate after you stopped the note completely for a split second, I was playing there three times a week for a while too.
  16. I heard Skull Candle were playing Coachella this year.
  17. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    I used to write songs in the shower. They all came out in the key of the shower fan, which was something close to Ab.
  18. mattj1stc

    mattj1stc Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    Dallas, TX USA
    The regular low D (fretted or open) works well, but the lower D on my B string really gets things moving. Not so for higher Ds.
    Daniel Piper likes this.
  19. Yango

    Yango Inactive

    Apr 14, 2008

    Mr_Moo likes this.
  20. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    We built the house to B, but it's gone a little flat over the years.
    Nashrakh, danesdad, Wisebass and 10 others like this.

Share This Page