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Playing open strings when they aren't diatonic

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Funkateer, Jan 8, 2004.


  1. Funkateer

    Funkateer

    Jul 5, 2002
    Los Gatos, CA
    At the risk of exposing myself to jibes about having a tin ear, I will confess that I find myself making extensive use of a low open E when playing for example in Eb. Mostly as kind of a ghosted pedal, or for articulation/phrasing. It can sound good to me, kind like a blue note. Low pitches are psychoacoustically more difficult do distinguish, and this is what I hypothesize is what makes this not sound like a mistake.

    Anybody else notice this, and more to the point, use it to musical advantage?
     
  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Dude-
    Jamerson did this all the time on all those '60s Motown albums/songs.

    ...and yes, IMO, it is very effective.
    ;)
     
  3. I'll play a palm muted open string as a ghost note in walking lines too.