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Help with Harms

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by tea, Jan 26, 2004.


  1. tea

    tea

    Sep 30, 2003
    Maryland
    I'm really sorry to waste the time of you theory and bass afficianados, but I'm having a hard time with them...It's not so much the execution it's just that I don't understand how to play a melody with harms. For example, I figured out the vocal line to the song "Hurt" by NIN and was trying to execute it using harmonics over a tapped backing. But I'm stymied. I'm certain it's just a lack of knowledge but I really am stuck. Here are the notes:

    here is the beginning

    he slides up to a G flat, then A down to G flat, E. B, D


    Rythm like this - Gflat 2 3 4 A Gflat E B D

    B D B D E F#

    the second time he goes B D B D D B


    pretty much variations on that from then on

    the part at 1:37

    A A E D D
    Gflat E D E
    A A E D D
    A B D Gflat A A

    2:02
    E D F# D D
    E F# E A E
    E D F# D D
    B B A E D#


    If anyone could recommend harmonics to use I'd be greatly appreciative and thusly more educated.

    tea
     
  2. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

    Jan 17, 2003
    Just use the ones that sound right;)
     
  3. tea

    tea

    Sep 30, 2003
    Maryland
    hmmm....
     
  4. jazzbo

    jazzbo

    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Don't forget to stay out of harm's way.
     
  5. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    On a four string bass, the first 11 harmonics are (roughly, some closer than others);

    E string:

    2nd - E
    3rd - B
    4th - E
    5th - G#
    6th - B
    7th - D
    8th - E
    9th - F#
    10th - G#
    11th - A#

    A, D, G - well just take each of those up a fourth, repeat, etc. :)

    I don't remember all the approximate fret positions, beyond 12, 7, 5, 3.7, 3.2, 2.8.
     
  6. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    I just got the reference. Very nice! :D