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Re: hearing your intonation through an amp

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Posted by Stefan Willems on February 05, 2002 at 01:58:52:

In Reply to: Re: hearing your intonation through an amp posted by Andy Seed on February 03, 2002 at 05:39:06:

: : hey ya'll- I'm playing with a pretty loud combo and noticing that as I up the amp volume it gets harder to discern my intonation until I hit a note that is really off. the amp is a working man's 15, so its built for urb. playing w.o amplification seems much easier at maintaining my intonation because I can hear it better and adjust as needed. any suggestions? thanks! go team! tom

: Check your EQ settings . I play with some loud combos ( including a blues band with 3 guitars and some rockabilly bands ) and have no trouble with intonation - if you have too much bass and not enough mid range frequencies your sound will be muddy and you'll have problems then . A graphic EQ may help here .
: incidentely I use an Acoustic Image Contra with a modified extension speaker that has a second power amp in it - it's as clear as they come !
: Andy .

EQ is one thing, another easy trick is to firmly press your left ear to the neck of the bass while playing, you will clearly hear the higher harmonics of the instrument.
Works also pretty well when tuning the bass; another advice : tune your bass with the bow using the marmonics , with bowing you hear better the harmonics, you can then detect quite well if a string is nearly dead : when harmonics aren't in tune with the fundamental, it's time to change strings!

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