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  1. mchristiano92

    mchristiano92

    Mar 25, 2006
    Wisconsin
    Sup from Wisconsin,
    Hey I'm new. I found this through another forum and thought sure i'd sign up. Since I'm here i might as well ask. I am new to bass i started in about september and i picked up a bass magazine. I looked in the lessons section and it had the tabs and on the string instead of a fret number it was an X and i have no clue. Please help.:confused:
     
  2. This is something that my old instructor called a "rhythm click," though I think the proper name is "ghost note" (?). If I'm wrong on the name, I hope someone will correct me.

    Anyway, the x tells you that you should play that string at that time but without without letting a note ring out. It needs to be muted. Usually leaving your finger on the string without pressing down hard enough to fret a note is sufficient to accomplish the muting. Sometimes this will cause harmonics (they will sound like high notes), in which case you need to mute in a different spot or rest more than one finger on the string. This should be pretty simple, but let me know if you are confused at all.

    I should also say welcome to Talkbass/congratulations on picking such a wonderful instrument. There is a subforum in the bass guitar forum devoted to technique, and this topic has probably been discussed there before.
     
  3. mchristiano92

    mchristiano92

    Mar 25, 2006
    Wisconsin
    Thanks. I can start practicing some new stuff now. Your last name rings a bell. Do you know someone named Keith Scanlan?
     
  4. Sorry, don't know a Keith. My family's pretty small, and I have never actually met a Scanlan that wasn't closely related to me. Although a Tim Scanlan produces the show Smallville, I think.
     

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