Re: Tuning

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Posted by Mickster on November 17, 2000 at 17:17:21:

In Reply to: Tuning posted by Beth on November 16, 2000 at 17:18:18:

: I have my electric bass and playing some great stuff on it...the thing is I think it's way out of tune. How can I tune it if I don't have an electric tuner? I heard there was a way to hit a fret and to match it with the next string, but I'm not sure which fret! Thanks!
: Beth

Hey Beth,what's up?

Another very different way of tuning up with a very nice fringe benefit is:
Buy a Bass guitar method with a CD included.It may sound weird, but when
you put the CD on your player, on the fist track you hear a guy with a
slight Southern accent say:"Track one".Then you hear the G string of a bass
sound twice about 5 seconds apart, continuing with the D string, then the
A, and finally the E.I checked it aginst a tuner, and it wasn't that far off.
The variances in different CD players will affect the pitch, but ever so
slightly.Now your bass is pretty much tuned to pitch.The benefit I mentioned
before is: The rest of the tracks are recorded examples of the excercises
in the book.If you're not that good at reading music, or can't read it at
all, this is a tremendous help.I just bought it as a goof!There's 15-20
tracks on it, and it's recorded so that if you turn your balance control
on your stereo to the left, all you hear is the bass.You can play with it
to try your chops at keeping up with the bass player on the CD, but just
as a guide.If you're a beginner, DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH THE GUY ON THE CD!
It's just to show you what he's playing, and how that particular line is
written.In no way should it replace a teacher, but it's a good start to
show you the connection between a written line and how it would sound if
played as written.I don't have it with me right now, but I believe it's
called "Studio Bass Masters", and is put out by Bass Player Magazine.
It's about $25.00, but I think it's worth it for a beginner.

Jazz it up,Mickster

P.S. I've noticed more female names asking questions lately.That's good.

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