what is a ghost note?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by spankyd'munkey, Sep 3, 2001.

  1. spankyd'munkey


    Aug 15, 2001
    can any one explain to me what a ghost note is?
  2. look i can't really talk about it, it still gives me nightmares and my psychatrist advised me never to use the word gho---oo---ss nup! i just can't do it.. all i know its vewwy vewwy scary...

    :( :cries: :eek:

  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Ghost note aka. dead note:

    A note without discernible pitch, achieved by (left hand) muting.

    For example: You mute a string by touching it with several fingers of your left hand without actually pressing it onto the fretboard and pluck it.
    You'll hear a percussive sound which can be used to enhance the rhythmic pattern of a bassline.
  4. so is it similar to a harmonic note or am i getting confused
  5. No, it's a dead note. It makes no noise except for a thump. You can hear it when you listen to fingerstyle funk or slap playing.
  6. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    If you're ghosting a note that's located at a natural harmonic, it helps to lay two or more left-hand fingers over the strings to prevent the harmonic from sounding.