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question about notation

Discussion in 'Tablature and Notation [BG]' started by fivesevenoh, Sep 25, 2003.


  1. what do parenthesis around a number mean?

    example:

    __________________
    __(3)_____________
    __________________
    ___9______________
     
  2. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    I believe it means the note is heavily muted or 'ghosted'. That's how I've been interpreting it anyway :)
     
  3. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    I'd say that ghost note is a reasonable interpretation. Does that sound right in the context of the piece?

    Some tab authors include a little 'legend' explaining the code they are using - I think this is a really good idea and to be encouraged.

    Wulf
     
  4. its from the wooten tab book. and its not in the legend.
     
  5. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Wooten tab book? I haven't seen that - is it purely tab or does it have standard notation as well?

    Wulf
     
  6. it has standard notation above it.
     
  7. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Great - check the standard notation and that should reveal what the tab means. If the standard notation shows the note marked with an X rather than a normal note head, then it's definitely a ghost note.

    If it's the Bass Extremes book then give me a page and bar reference and I'll have a look in my copy.

    Wulf