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Dead Note and Ghost Note

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bkb9091, Feb 22, 2003.


  1. bkb9091

    bkb9091

    Feb 21, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Whats the difference between a dead note and a ghost note?

    By dead note I mean:

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    ---------
    ---------
    ----x----

    and by ghost note I mean:

    ---------
    ---------
    ---------
    ---(3)---

    How do you play each one? I think I understand how to play the dead note. You just put your fingers across the string and pluck it to get a percussive thumpish type sound.

    Thank You,
    bkb9091

    P.S. This is my first post.
     
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    A ghost note usually leads to another non-ghosted note. A dead note doesn't. It's just a rhythmic thump. A ghost note is part of a phrase.


    Chris A.:rolleyes: :bassist:
     
  3. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    Florida
    And what is the proper way to play both of these?
     
  4. well...welcome to TB!
     
  5. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    they are both played similarly. You fret the note, but don't press the string all the way down to the fret.


    Chris A.:rolleyes: :bassist: