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Can't hear it....

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Gunter, Jan 15, 2005.


  1. Gunter

    Gunter

    Jan 15, 2005
    Ok so i need to learn stairway to heaven for in a couple months when we perform it and i can't for the life of me hear the bass part in the song so that i can get the timing down for the tabs i have. Does anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. If I'm not mistaken- don't that suck?
     
  3. i've never actually played it on bass...but, have you tried EQ'ing the right frequencies in an audio editor? Boost the frequencies between 43Hz and 110Hz and drop most of the other frequencies. These are in the range of a low F to the 2nd octave A on a 4 stringer.

    Below is a portion of a frequency chart I did in javascript. I use it to determine which frequencies to EQ when i'm learning new cover material:

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=center border=1><TBODY><TR><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 18px" align=middle colSpan=5>Frequency Chart</TD></TR><TR><TD>Octave</TD><TD>Note</TD><TD>Semitone</TD><TD>Bass Guitar</TD><TD>Elec. Guitar</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>41.20</TD><TD align=right>329.63</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>F</TD><TD align=right>1</TD><TD align=right>43.65</TD><TD align=right>349.23</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>F#/Gb</TD><TD align=right>2</TD><TD align=right>46.25</TD><TD align=right>369.99</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>G</TD><TD align=right>3</TD><TD align=right>49.00</TD><TD align=right>392.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>G#/Ab</TD><TD align=right>4</TD><TD align=right>51.91</TD><TD align=right>415.30</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>A</TD><TD align=right>5</TD><TD align=right>55.00</TD><TD align=right>440.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>A#/Bb</TD><TD align=right>6</TD><TD align=right>58.27</TD><TD align=right>466.16</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>B</TD><TD align=right>7</TD><TD align=right>61.74</TD><TD align=right>493.88</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>C</TD><TD align=right>8</TD><TD align=right>65.41</TD><TD align=right>523.25</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>C#/Db</TD><TD align=right>9</TD><TD align=right>69.30</TD><TD align=right>554.37</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>D</TD><TD align=right>10</TD><TD align=right>73.42</TD><TD align=right>587.33</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>D#/Eb</TD><TD align=right>11</TD><TD align=right>77.78</TD><TD align=right>622.25</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>12</TD><TD align=right>82.41</TD><TD align=right>659.26</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>F</TD><TD align=right>13</TD><TD align=right>87.31</TD><TD align=right>698.46</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>F#/Gb</TD><TD align=right>14</TD><TD align=right>92.50</TD><TD align=right>739.99</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>G</TD><TD align=right>15</TD><TD align=right>98.00</TD><TD align=right>783.99</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>G#/Ab</TD><TD align=right>16</TD><TD align=right>103.83</TD><TD align=right>830.61</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>A</TD><TD align=right>17</TD><TD align=right>110.00</TD><TD align=right>880.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>A#/Bb</TD><TD align=right>18</TD><TD align=right>116.54</TD><TD align=right>932.33</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>B</TD><TD align=right>19</TD><TD align=right>123.47</TD><TD align=right>987.77</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>C</TD><TD align=right>20</TD><TD align=right>130.81</TD><TD align=right>1046.50</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>C#/Db</TD><TD align=right>21</TD><TD align=right>138.59</TD><TD align=right>1108.73</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>D</TD><TD align=right>22</TD><TD align=right>146.83</TD><TD align=right>1174.66</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>D#/Eb</TD><TD align=right>23</TD><TD align=right>155.56</TD><TD align=right>1244.51</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>3</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>24</TD><TD align=right>164.81</TD><TD align=right>1318.51</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
     
  4. actually I think he's right - though there may be some bass in the "rock" part of the song.
     
  5. learn to read
     
  6. It starts at 'if there's a bustle in your hedgerow...'.
     
  7. RuneMIkkelsen

    RuneMIkkelsen

    Jan 15, 2005
    Denmark
    The bass starts after about 55 sec, at the same time as when he starts to sing.
    The bass is very low, and the tones are very long, that's why they are difficult to hear, I think.

    If you still can't hear it. Then just listen to the guitar. The bass change tone, when the guitar switches chord.
     
  8. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    Open A on electric guitar is 110 Hz
     
  9. so I guess it's evident that I've never used that column. ;)

    here's a corrected version:
    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 align=center border=1><TBODY><TR><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 18px" align=middle colSpan=5>Frequency Chart</TD></TR><TR><TD>Octave</TD><TD>Note</TD><TD>Semitone</TD><TD>Bass Guitar</TD><TD>Elec. Guitar</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>0</TD><TD align=right>41.20</TD><TD align=right>82.41</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>F</TD><TD align=right>1</TD><TD align=right>43.65</TD><TD align=right>87.31</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>F#/Gb</TD><TD align=right>2</TD><TD align=right>46.25</TD><TD align=right>92.50</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>G</TD><TD align=right>3</TD><TD align=right>49.00</TD><TD align=right>98.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>G#/Ab</TD><TD align=right>4</TD><TD align=right>51.91</TD><TD align=right>103.83</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>A</TD><TD align=right>5</TD><TD align=right>55.00</TD><TD align=right>110.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>A#/Bb</TD><TD align=right>6</TD><TD align=right>58.27</TD><TD align=right>116.54</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>B</TD><TD align=right>7</TD><TD align=right>61.74</TD><TD align=right>123.47</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>C</TD><TD align=right>8</TD><TD align=right>65.41</TD><TD align=right>130.81</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>C#/Db</TD><TD align=right>9</TD><TD align=right>69.30</TD><TD align=right>138.59</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>D</TD><TD align=right>10</TD><TD align=right>73.42</TD><TD align=right>146.83</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>1</TD><TD align=middle>D#/Eb</TD><TD align=right>11</TD><TD align=right>77.78</TD><TD align=right>155.56</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>12</TD><TD align=right>82.41</TD><TD align=right>164.81</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>F</TD><TD align=right>13</TD><TD align=right>87.31</TD><TD align=right>174.61</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>F#/Gb</TD><TD align=right>14</TD><TD align=right>92.50</TD><TD align=right>185.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>G</TD><TD align=right>15</TD><TD align=right>98.00</TD><TD align=right>196.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>G#/Ab</TD><TD align=right>16</TD><TD align=right>103.83</TD><TD align=right>207.65</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>A</TD><TD align=right>17</TD><TD align=right>110.00</TD><TD align=right>220.00</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>A#/Bb</TD><TD align=right>18</TD><TD align=right>116.54</TD><TD align=right>233.08</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>B</TD><TD align=right>19</TD><TD align=right>123.47</TD><TD align=right>246.94</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>C</TD><TD align=right>20</TD><TD align=right>130.81</TD><TD align=right>261.63</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>C#/Db</TD><TD align=right>21</TD><TD align=right>138.59</TD><TD align=right>277.18</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>D</TD><TD align=right>22</TD><TD align=right>146.83</TD><TD align=right>293.66</TD></TR><TR><TD align=middle>2</TD><TD align=middle>D#/Eb</TD><TD align=right>23</TD><TD align=right>155.56</TD><TD align=right>311.13</TD></TR><TR style="BACKGROUND: lightgrey"><TD align=middle>3</TD><TD align=middle>E</TD><TD align=right>24</TD><TD align=right>164.81</TD><TD align=right>329.63</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
     
  10. Well, that's because it's keyboard bass, like Bassteban pointed out. It doesn't suck, though. ;) JPJ was (is) a great keyboardist.
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think the point is that John Paul-Jones, who often played organ mellotron, electric piano etc. in Led Zep , was quite clearly playing mellotron at the beginning and so probably played organ bass pedals, which are difficult to tell from BG at low volume.
     
  12. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Pick up the Recorded Versions for BASS songbook for Led Zeppelin III/IV.
    IIRC, "Stairway"'s music does have keyboard bass written out/TAB'd for electric bass.

    Or hop down to your local music store, Barnes & Noble, etc & test your memory skills.
    ;)
     
  13. Farthes

    Farthes

    Jan 15, 2005
    San Diego
    Is this for school cause my friend here says she has a few months to learn stairway to heaven for her Guitar Class at the local HighSchool
     
  14. Classical_Thump

    Classical_Thump

    Jan 26, 2005
    I've seen many videos of Zep playing stairway, and they've all featured John Paul Jones playing the intro recorder and bass parts on a keyboard/organ. However, in the recording (and possibly live, i couldnt really see), there is pretty decent electric bass from the "if theres a bustle" to the end of the song. That part should be easier to hear, if not try getting one of those tascam practice tools, I think you can boost the bass on those.