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THE FOLLOWING IS A G U I TO THE NOTATION SYMBOLS ANB TERMINOLOGY USEB IN
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The Stave:
most music written for the bass guitar uses the bass clef. The
example to the right shows the placement of the notes on the stave.
Tablature
: this is a graphical representation of the music. Each horizontal
line corresponds with a string on the bass guitar, with the lowest line
representing the lowest pitched string (E). The numbers represent the frets
to be played. Numbers stacked vertically indicate notes that are played
together. Where basses with five or six strings are required, the tablature
stave will have five or six lines as necessary.
Notes shown in brackets indicate that a note has been tied over from a previous bar.
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PLAYING TECHNIQUES
SLAP AND POP TECHNIQUE
Notes slapped with the thumb are
marked with a 't', notes popped
with the fingers marked with a 'p'
ADVANCED SLAP TECHNIQUE
Fretting hand slaps are marked
'lh' and double thumbing
upstrokes are shown with an
upward pointing arrow
PLECTRUM TECHNIQUE
Where necessary, down and
upstrokes with the pick will be
shown using these symbols
(down-up-down-up)
TAPPING TECHNIQUES
Fretting hand taps are shown with a
'+' in a circle. Picking hand taps are
shown with '+'. Specific fingers will
be shown with numbers if necessary
HAMMER-ON AND PULL-OFF
Hammer-ons and pull-offs are
shown with a slur over the notes.
Only the first note is plucked by
the picking hand
f r e t t in g
t e c h n iq u e s
SLIDE (GLISSANDO)
Slides are performed by playing the
first note then sliding the fretting
finger up to the second note
TRILLS
Trills are performed by rapidly
alternating between the two notes
shown using hammer-ons and
pull-offs
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The pitch of the note is altered by
repeatedly bending the string up
and back with the fretting finger
p l a y i n g
h a r m o n i c s
b e n b in g
n o t e s
NATURAL HARMoNICS
The note is played as a harmonic
by lightly touching the string
above the fret indicated
artificial
h a r m o n ic s
Pluck the string while fretting the
lower note and placing the edge of
the picking hand thumb an octave
higher (the note shown in brackets)
bend
The note is bent upwards to the
interval specified: A = semitone,
full = tone
bend
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release
The note is bent up to the interval
indicated then released back to its
original pitch
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