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Re: hearing your intonation through an amp. Marmonics?

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Posted by steve tarner on February 22, 2002 at 14:21:58:

In Reply to: Re: hearing your intonation through an amp posted by Stefan Willems on February 05, 2002 at 01:58:52:

: : : 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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