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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by spankyd'munkey, Sep 3, 2001.
can any one explain to me what a ghost note is?
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...
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.
so is it similar to a harmonic note or am i getting confused
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.
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.
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