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what does "x" mean?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Fishbrain, Aug 4, 2001.


  1. Fishbrain

    Fishbrain

    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    on some tabs there is an x, for example.
    Bass figure 1:
    G-|-------------------|----------------------------|
    D-|---------x--10~~~~-|---x---------10~~~~12~~10~~-
    A-|-5h7---------------|-----5h7--------------------|
    E-|-------x-----------|-x-------x------------------|
    T T P P T P T T P P P
    so wot r u meant to do then?
     
  2. It means rest or pause. Not much more i can say, just when u see it, stop for a brief moment.

    ;)

    Merls
     
  3. it's not only used to show a pause or rest,

    it's also used for showing a dead note
    so for the piece that fishbrain showed it may mean a dead note, or muted, as it is slapped
    for example


    G--------X-----------
    D-----------9--9-----
    A---7----------------
    E--------------------

    depending upon the passage, an genre

    that particular bit could be used in a samba feel, kinda music :)

    where E @7th on A is thumbed, the dead note on G is then made by muting G using the lower part of fretting finger one, then B is thumbed @ 9th on D

    @ around 108

    a partern like this can be repeated and inverted

    stu
     
  4. purple_haze

    purple_haze

    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    It means mute.
     
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    X=fIeLdY nOtE.

    xXxXxXx= EiThEr A bUnCh Of FiElDy NoTeS, oR sMoOcHfEsT.
     
  6. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    it means "tabs are bad, m'kay?"
     
  7. Fishbrain

    Fishbrain

    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    thanx everyone apart from JT
     
  8. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I agree with JT, but i've also seen it in sheet music, JT, :p.
     
  9. A Rock

    A Rock

    Mar 18, 2001
    New Haven, CT

    hey isnt this sienfeild?:)
     
  10. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Wouldn't that be SienFieldy??

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
     
  11. In all honesty, I don't think Fieldy could play the Seinfeld music.
     
  12. I guess this is where Tabs become a downfall. SOme say a rest, others a dead note. Which of course is all correct, except one needs to listen to the song.

    Now sheet music........ :p

    Merls
     
  13. Fishbrain

    Fishbrain

    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    oke don't laff now, but what is seinfield?
     
  14. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I think they're referring to the theme to a TV show which is a bassline which is quite clearly played on a tacky synth; but occasionally we get people ask about how to play it, which shows up how little they actually know about bass!! So it's sort of a running bassist's joke - if you think this is played by bass guitar then you are a bass "virgin" or whatever you want to substitute. ;)
     
  15. what? oh god, years of trying, praying and sweating and now you tell me it was played on a synth. :eek:

    right, i'm of to get one of those roland modeling thingies :)
     
  16. Fishbrain

    Fishbrain

    Dec 8, 2000
    England, Liverpool
    Endorsing Artist: Warwick Bass and Amp
    nice one m8
     
  17. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    CHRIS A. MADE A FIELDY JOKE!

    CHRIS A. MADE A FIELDY JOKE!!!

    After all the times he's complained about the incessant FiElDy ThReAdZ run rampant on this site, CHRIS A. MADE A FIELDY JOKE!!!!

    This is a momentous occasion....Hmm, maybe I should print that post and frame it. Naw, maybe that would be overkill. At the very least, I should tell somebody.

    On the other hand, I think I just did.

    I think I'll shut up now.
     
  18. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks!

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Sorry, it was a moment of weakness. LOL

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
     
  19. man, all this time i thought X was just the note that came after G#. damnation.