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Harmonics

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by xpcapox, Aug 25, 2005.


  1. xpcapox

    xpcapox

    Nov 19, 2004
    Is there like a fret board diagram thats easy to read to show what note a harmonic is on the board?
     
  2. Bassist4Life

    Bassist4Life

    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    This isn't the fast an easy answer you wanted, but...

    You can create your own. Plug your bass into a good tuner and start playing harmonics up and down the string and charting them as you go.

    It's good because you will start to see patterns and pitch relationships. Give it a try. What's the worst that could happen?

    When you are done, you could check your chart against other charts out there on the Internet and feel a sense of pride for a job well done.

    Good Luck,
    Joe
     
  3. dlloyd

    dlloyd zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Apr 21, 2004
    Scotland
    I don't know whether you'll find it "easy to read" but I posted something about harmonic positions about a week ago...

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=196882

    This assumes you can work them out from the intervals.

    I'll write it out with note names for the open harmonics.

    The numbers after the notes indicate the octave. It increases by one every time you come to C. C2 is third fret on the A string, the B on the second fret, A string is B1.

    "(good)", "(okay)", etc. indicate how "in-tune" the harmonic is relative to the fretted position.

    There may well be a few mistakes here :)

    Open E (E1)
    Code:
    E2 (good): 12.0				
    B2 (okay): 7.0; 19.0
    E3 (good): 5.0; 24.0
    G#3 (flat): 3.9; 8.8; 15.9; 27.9
    B3 (okay): 3.2; 31.0
    D4 (very flat): 2.7; 5.8; 9.7; 14.7; 21.7; 33.7
    E4 (good): 2.3; 8.1; 17.0; 36.0			
    F#4 (okay): 2.0; 4.4; 10.2; 14.0; 19.0; 26.0; 38.0
    G#4 (flat): 1.8; 6.2; 20.8; 39.9	
    Bb4 (very flat): 1.7; 3.5; 5.5; 7.8; 10.5; 13.7; 17.5; 22.5; 29.5; 41.5
    B4 (okay): 1.5; 9.3; 15.2; 43.0
    Open A (A1)
    Code:
    A2 (good): 12.0				
    E3 (okay): 7.0; 19.0
    A3 (good): 5.0; 24.0
    C#4 (flat): 3.9; 8.8; 15.9; 27.9
    E4 (okay): 3.2; 31.0
    G4 (very flat): 2.7; 5.8; 9.7; 14.7; 21.7; 33.7
    A4 (good): 2.3; 8.1; 17.0; 36.0			
    B4 (okay): 2.0; 4.4; 10.2; 14.0; 19.0; 26.0; 38.0
    C#5 (flat): 1.8; 6.2; 20.8; 39.9	
    Eb5 (very flat): 1.7; 3.5; 5.5; 7.8; 10.5; 13.7; 17.5; 22.5; 29.5; 41.5
    E5 (okay): 1.5; 9.3; 15.2; 43.0
    Open D (D2)
    Code:
    D3 (good): 12.0				
    A3 (okay): 7.0; 19.0
    D4 (good): 5.0; 24.0
    F#4 (flat): 3.9; 8.8; 15.9; 27.9
    A4 (okay): 3.2; 31.0
    C5 (very flat): 2.7; 5.8; 9.7; 14.7; 21.7; 33.7
    D5 (good): 2.3; 8.1; 17.0; 36.0			
    E5 (okay): 2.0; 4.4; 10.2; 14.0; 19.0; 26.0; 38.0
    F#5 (flat): 1.8; 6.2; 20.8; 39.9	
    Ab5 (very flat): 1.7; 3.5; 5.5; 7.8; 10.5; 13.7; 17.5; 22.5; 29.5; 41.5
    A5 (okay): 1.5; 9.3; 15.2; 43.0
    Open G (G2)
    Code:
    G3 (good): 12.0				
    D4 (okay): 7.0; 19.0
    G4 (good): 5.0; 24.0
    B4 (flat): 3.9; 8.8; 15.9; 27.9
    D5 (okay): 3.2; 31.0
    F5 (very flat): 2.7; 5.8; 9.7; 14.7; 21.7; 33.7
    G5 (good): 2.3; 8.1; 17.0; 36.0			
    A5 (okay): 2.0; 4.4; 10.2; 14.0; 19.0; 26.0; 38.0
    B5 (flat): 1.8; 6.2; 20.8; 39.9	
    Db6 (very flat): 1.7; 3.5; 5.5; 7.8; 10.5; 13.7; 17.5; 22.5; 29.5; 41.5
    D6 (okay): 1.5; 9.3; 15.2; 43.0