Playing open strings when they aren't diatonic

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

  1. 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


    Dec 12, 1999
    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.