dead notes

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by pandaman37, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. pandaman37

    pandaman37 Inactive

    Sep 17, 2009
    Clovis, CA
    im having a lot of trouble with these sort of dead notes, as seen in songs like tommy the cat, pow (larry graham), and the slap solo from coffee shop. its almost a note, cos i can discern some tone, but no matter how hard i listen, i cant tell what note it is or whether it is simply a dead note.
    could it be something like harmonics im hearing?
  2. jamespopali


    Feb 22, 2010
    Are you talking about a "x" in the tablature? If so, that symbolizes a percussive sound. Keep practicing and you'll get it! Tommy The Cat is one of the first "slap" bass songs I learned; it is still fun to play!