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Help with Harms

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

  1. tea


    Sep 30, 2003
    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

    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.

  2. dave_clark69

    dave_clark69 Guest

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


    Sep 30, 2003
  4. jazzbo


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


    Oct 2, 2001
    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


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

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