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  1. Stuck in a rut

    [quote name='paul_5' timestamp='1507044426' post='3382990'] Whenever I get like this I like to pick up a 5 string guitar and muck about with jazz chords/standards. It allows me to take a break from the bass, but still be actively musical. [/quote] 5 string guitar??? You know you can buy new strings on eBay and from music shops, so if you've snapped a string on a 6-string its not a big problem to buy a replacement and fit it....or is a 5 string guitar something unusual that's passed me by for the majority of my life so far... (Or is it a typo and you meant 6 string?)
  2. sax experts please???

    Has it seized up? If not, then make sure it doesn't - do you have a pad-saver or just left as is in the case? If its in the case, its probably better left out if ever its played, so it doesn't accumulate water in it. And the linkages would need occasional oiling etc. I am going to guess its lacquered, which is easier to maintain but more difficult to repair if ever it needed it. If its a beginner's model, which it sounds like it is, then its £150-200.
  3. Importing Guitars

    [quote name='bcbass' timestamp='1506271387' post='3377488'] Is it anyone recently imported basses from Japan?How much hassle is now with CITES regulation and the rest,is it worth it at all? Cheers! [/quote] About a month ago, sailed through (rosewood neck) with no problems. I guess its down to luck, since they're basically unable to check each parcel etc internally. Some exporters in Japan do the necessary admin/paperwork though, but mine didn't.
  4. To 'Unlearn' old habits or not ?

    1) its not technically wrong, its just a variation 2) IMHO its not worth unlearning, mainly based on 1
  5. I play in a couple of different groups. In the big band, which despite its name isn't that big, has neither piano nor electric guitar (so its drums, me, saxophones x 7, trumpets x2 and trombones x2). The Jazz bass on flat EQ fills in the rhythm section very nicely. In the other groups, the EQ is a gentle slope down.
  6. I'm not sure if you'll get them exact, but with some EQ, a Jazz bass tone can be made to be very useable in a mix. Just add a bit on bass and roll off the treble slightly, so the graphic eq looks a bit like a gentle downwards slope!
  7. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='Grangur' timestamp='1504880899' post='3368028'] I've played violin and cello and never seen TABs for either. [/quote] I've seen cello music where a cellist has pencilled-in the names of the notes above the (standard) notation. The reason - because it was on the tenor clef, and they're obviously unfamiliar with it, hence the extra markings to help themselves. However I also know cello players who are quite comfortable with the tenor (and treble) clef, and don't need to pencil in reminders of note names. So it just shows that its not so much one or another system (ie tab vs standard notation) is better, but that players who learn, comprehend and master their instrument get good at what they practice. If you haven't learnt/don't practice reading standard notation, its no surprise that its difficult and also no surprise that its perceived as a mystery to some. But its just an aspect of learning a musical instrument. Its the same with playing by ear, or improvising - classical musicians typically don't (and don't need to) do this, thus these areas are poorly developed. Its recently changing, Trinity (exam board) now have an improvisation section in their graded exams, however ABRSM don't.
  8. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1504880109' post='3368022'] Incidentally how does standard notation show quarter tones and the like? [/quote] By using symbols for quarter-tone sharp/flat and threequarter-tone sharp/flat, just like there exists symbols for a semitone sharp or flat, in front of a note.
  9. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1504866429' post='3367840'] If you are looking at the score for a transposing instrument what note do you sing, the one your instrument produces when it has transposed it? [/quote] The one your instrument produces once transposed.
  10. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='Nicko' timestamp='1504794885' post='3367379'] To be honest this is like saying knowledge of maths is dependent on the ability to write arabic numerals. Its not and never has been. [/quote] Perhaps a better word would have been "interlinked" rather than "not independent". I agree that knowledge of intervals is not dependent on knowing standard notation - but that at some stage in learning, you can link up aspects such as intervals, notation, chords, scales etc in a logical manner and so long as you have solidly gained the knowledge, nothing contradicts anything else and in fact helps make it quicker/easier.
  11. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='Nicko' timestamp='1504786487' post='3367288'] knowledge of the notes, intervals and theory is all independent of the ability to read notation which was at least the original question. [/quote] Its not independent, but then it can also be related to tab (which is a representation of shape/position on the fretboard). For some people after, but most people during, I'd say notes, intervals, patterns, shapes on the fretboard, chords etc all interlink in a fairly logical way and can't really be isolated as independent aspects. I'd agree that tab (at least on bass, which is tuned in fourths) has a more direct relationship eg 1 string up and 2 frets back is always going to be a minor third; but those things are also fairly logical when presented as standard notation - with the caveat that funny intervals such as the augmented 2nd (for example C to D#) are enharmonic equivalent to a minor third, etc. But there would be accidentals to alert you to this occurrence.
  12. Playing with Pros

    With the numbers of members who have recently left, is it possible to "do a Sugababes"?
  13. Is TAB really that evil?

    If it matters it can be accommodated in standard notation by a small note saying which string to play a particular note on. I know it will sound different, the question is, 1) does it sound different enough to require every single note to also nominate the string it must be played on, 2) could/would a composer/arranger trust that the person playing the instrument can adequately interpret is such that the "tone" will be correct, thus not requiring the detail and 3) how do you know the tab has the notes sounded on the correct strings and doesn't contain an error? Based on evidence I'd say it were 1 no, 2 yes, 3 you don't.
  14. eBay seller

    I believe (not 100% sure) the seller will get a "strike" from eBay if a sale is unfulfilled after a normal auction. Too many strikes, and they will be unable to use eBay (unless they create another account, etc). eBay doesn't like it either because they want the extra fees off of a reserve price auction etc, but they can't force the item to be sold.
  15. Is TAB really that evil?

    [quote name='SpondonBassed' timestamp='1504702472' post='3366713'] Trouble is it relies on your association of two abstract things through learning those associations. Tab shows you. [/quote] Most instruments rely on the person playing that instrument to learn 'abstract' (its not an abstract thing..) things about how to play it, without needing to be told/reminded of the precise mechanism by which the note is sounded correctly. Its part of learning and playing. Tab lets you bypass this, whether its a good or bad thing I don't really have a view on. [quote name='BigRedX' timestamp='1504701877' post='3366699'] But that only works if that part of the score is written expressly for the bass guitar, otherwise there are three different ways to do it. [/quote] Yep - but does it really matter which of those three ways are chosen, since they all sound the same pitch/note? Plenty of other instruments have alternate fingerings for notes, eg saxophone, clarinet, flute, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, etc etc. The basic notation shows the duration and pitch and doesn't pretend to show anything else - there's other markings for dynamics, timbre, etc etc