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Harmonics question for MM

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by bassjigga, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. bassjigga


    Aug 6, 2003

    When you use altered tunings on the bass, do natural harmonics occur in the same positions as standard tuning but in different pitches? Or do some come out in different places?

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The harmonic nodes are at certain disivions of the string, e.g. 1:2, 1:3 etc.

    So the positions always stay the same, as do the pitches <b>relative</b> to the pitch of the open string and to each other.
    They change of course in abolute pitch as you change the pitch of the open string.

    All this of course refers to a single string, on alternate tunings the patterns that stretch over several strings change when you tune the strings in other intervals than the standard 4ths.
  3. Michael Manring

    Michael Manring TalkBass Pro Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    JMX explained it very well -- the notes of the harmonics change with the pitch of the open string, but the harmonic pattern relative to the fundamental remains constant.

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