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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Playing Notes on Bass

  • Begin by plucking the 4th string (the string closest to your shoulder) without using your fretting hand. This will produce an E note. When you play a string without fretting any of the notes, it is referred to as playing it ‘open’
  • Then, move down the strings and play each individual one ‘open’. This will create the notes A, D, and G. Note how each one sounds higher than the prior note.
  • Go back to the 4th string and put the index finger of your fretting hand on the first fret (this is the initial space found between the nut and the first fret). Hold down the note with your finger pad. As you hold your index finger down firmly on the first fret, use the index finger of your plucking hand to pluck the 4th string. If you have done this right, the sound formed should be somewhat higher than plucking the fourth string alone.
  • Then, move your finger up another half step to the second fret (the space found in between the first and second frets) and pluck the 4th string once again. This should create a slightly higher pitch than the previous note.
  • Go over this exercise with each string. Begin by playing the string open, then use your finger on the first fret, and then with your finger on the second fret. If the notes start to sound stifled, off-key, muffled or just plain bad, look at your fretting finger to make sure that you are holding down the note firmly and your finger is placed directly in the center of the fret. Repeat the exercise until you are comfortable making notes.

Note Position on the Bass Guitar

  • Each of the notes that you have just played corresponds to a specific note value attached to them. Further, each time you moved your finger up or down a fret, it can change the note value.
  • There are 12 different notes that can be played : A | A# | B | C | C# | D | D# | E | F | F# | G | G#
  • Every note is a half-step higher than the one before it and a half step lower than the one following it. When using a bass guitar, a half-step simply refers to one fret. Meaning that the moment you move your finger up to one fret, the note value is increased by half-step.
  • Recall that as you move higher up on the fret board, the note values increased by half-step for each fret. This makes it easy to find any note you want on the fret board. All you need to do is to know which note you are on – and you can either move up or down the neck until you finally reach the note that you have been looking for.

Classical Guitar Lessons

Lack of attention to such things as you practice marks your music as slipshod. You would not accept an instrument from a guitar maker who put the bridge in the wrong place or who forgot to remove excess glue from the joints. Neither should you accept slipshod music from your own hands. Attention to detail-good craftsmanship-is the key to avoid such carelessness.

Furthermore, practice without thinking about what you are doing can cause you to lose focus, building bad habits as your hands mindlessly wander over the guitar’s fingerboard. This practice can lead guitarists to develop repetitive stress injury, as they keep repeating the same poor technique over and over, many more times than is necessary, hoping to improve and failing at the task. What students of online classical guitar lessons really need is to think about what they are about to play and how they should play before they even place their hands in position to begin the piece.

Actually, good guitar practice planning starts before you even pick up the guitar. Some of the tiniest details, such as fingernail care, help guitarists make the most of their abilities.

In playing the classical guitar, the use of nails is optional. We do, however, strongly recommend using them in order to obtain the clear, round, and pure tone for which modern classical guitarists strive. Before practice, see to it that you keep your nails well-trimmed and your hands well-groomed, for your hands are your connection to your instrument. Your fingernails are one small part of the whole picture–but a part that can really make the notes that you play sound their best. It is never too early to begin learning to care for them. The optimum length of the nails (for a proper right-hand position) should range between one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch when seen from the palm side of the hand. The first step is to adjust the length of the nail to the desired level, using a nail buffer. The next step is to shape the nails using fine sandpaper (such as 3M-Tri-M-ite papers). Keep your nails trimmed properly, and hear the difference it makes!

Before you begin, try some guitar warm-up exercises so that your hands are stretched, supple, and warmed before you start playing the pieces in your repertoire. This one step alone can help you begin your practice with both your mind and your body focused on your music. Remember, treat your body as an athlete would, and you will achieve more in much less time.

You can improve your craftsmanship during practice sessions after your online classical guitar lessons by studying the finer points of good musicianship such as tone quality, tone color, articulation, damping unwanted notes, natural fingering, making left-hand connections, and hinge bars.

When you finish your practice session for the day, take the time to listen to pieces played by world-class musicians, both in your genre and in others. While listening to music, develop an ear that can discern subtle differences in tone quality, color, and pitch. Hearing these differences in other music will help you notice them in your own. Strict attention to these details is the never-ending task that will help you achieve a technique that will become second nature-nearly effortless-and thus get the most out of your online classical guitar lessons, and your musicianship.

Playing Acoustic Bass

Practically this guitar is useful in times of jamming session and everyone is using without amplifiers. They are more affordable than buying a double bass so you will have savings on your investment. If you are traveling and going out for gigs and shows, they are easier to carry around and don’t need much of amplification as compared with electric.

For protection against cracks, dents and distortions, they must also be stored in an Acoustic bass case. These devices have different type of strings and have bigger bodies than electric. That means they vibrate more. When it comes to strings, they come in range of types such as Fretless or Fretted, and can have Four, Five, Six and more Strings. Their strings have ‘inflexible’ feel because their vibrations directly comes from the strings.

When buying your first acoustic bass, it is important that you let them be tuned in by a luthier. As they are fresh, they are relatively stiffer so having them tuned down will help you play with little effort. These days, it doesn’t necessarily mean to learn playing bass through actual lessons. There are many Online Guitar Lessons now that offer reliable and simple ways to learn them faster.

Between Guitar Tricks with Jamplay

There is some incredible software program for the practicing guitarist and bassist to make use of, some of it totally free, some of it costs a tiny funds. The Energy Tab editor is an amazing no cost guitar tab editor that permits the user to write and view tablature as properly as regular notation. It’s incredibly effortless to use and comes with a lot of of neat characteristics including realistic playback, correct notation resources that cover just about any guitar method imaginable, bass and keyboard transcription, and significantly far more.I would rank this free piece of software as excellent as any pay software program out there.

If you’re seeking for some thing with a couple of far more features, try Guitar Pro. It expense about $59 new and $30 for upgrades and you get some cool train functions. It does anything the energy tab editor does and much more. The playback is quite neat and permits for drum tracks. I suggest Guitar Pro to drummers as well as musicians and bassists due to the fact of this.One particular of my preferred features is the loop trainer.You can select a hard passage and slow it down to whatever speed operates for you and gradually speed it up.This has saved several hours of exercise time for me. Entering in notation is really simple with Guitar Pro.The are many excellent web sites for the practicing guitarist.Areas like Guitartricks com and Cyberfret com have several totally free on the net lessons.

Video sharing internet sites like Youtube and are excellent visual options for guitar players. Just kind in “guitar lessons” in the search box and discover the unlimited choices.

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