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Re: What do the "symbols" mean

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Posted by Dave Wood on July 18, 2001 at 02:40:08:

In Reply to: What do the "symbols" mean posted by BassRaph on July 12, 2001 at 14:13:42:

: Hi, i just wanna know what do the symbols mean, like "g", "b", "p", "h", "/", "tapping", "slapping" and what do they do. (for example, "g" is ghost, but what does "ghost" mean)


A ghost note is accomplished when you keep your left hand on top of the strings but don't press them down then play the string with your right hand. This will result to a damped, percussive sound without a pitch.

b means bend. When bending a note you need to bend the string! :) Take a note and push the string up or down, thus making the pitch of the note rise. You know what this is, don't you?

p usually means pull off. Take a note let's say a D from the G string and also hold a C on the G string. Play that D and rise your finger fast so that the C starts ringing. You don't use your right hand on the second note.

h means hammer-on. The opposite of pull off. This time take the C from the G string and hit the D with your left hand so that the D starts ringing. Again you don't use your right hand on the second note.

/ means slide. / slide the string up the neck. \ slide the string down the neck. In slide you take a note and move your finger on the fretboard without lifting it up.

tapping is using your right hand to tap the notes on the fretboard. If you hit a note hard enough it rings without the help of the other hand. So when you tap you use both hands that way. Check out Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Michael Manring for this technique.

slapping is most times just hitting the string with your thumb.

For best explanations I would recommend a book where these are tought with pictures as explaining these techniques without showing them is quite difficult. I'm sure you can find places on the net that demonstrates these techniques

I hope I've been of some help!

Dave Wood

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