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Posted by Rich Laird on March 09, 2001 at 12:36:42:
In Reply to: String scale software/formula posted by Dave W on March 09, 2001 at 10:56:30:
: Does anyone know if there exist software (or just a formula) for comupting the stops along various scale lengths? For example, where are the stops located along the e string on a 42" scale lenth. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
I don't know of any software, Dave, but you can compute any stopping distance if you know about frequencies. A note which is an octave higher than an open string is exactly twice its frequency. So the octave (like the 12th fret) on a 42" string would be 21" - or halfway. If I remember correctly, the fifth above the open string is, frequency-wise, halfway between the open string and the octave...so I guess that means the E on your A-string (like the seventh fret) would be 10 1/2 " up from the nut.
But I have yet to run into any bassists who care! It's about listening and developing a feel (aka kinesthetic sense) of where the notes are...constantly listening and adjusting.
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