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Electric Bass Lessons: Using Harmonics

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[MUSIC]
What
we remember about the bass guitar is that
these are actually the low four strings,
the four lowest strings of a guitar.
So, from the E, A, D, and G, and then on
the guitar, you have the B and E string.
So some tuners have a hard time reading
the base since it's down an octave,
so I like to tune using harmonics.
For instance, if I'm gonna start with the
G string, I use the hars,
harmonic in the middle of the neck.
[SOUND] And that gives me just a little
clearer signal.
[SOUND] There is the D.
[SOUND] There is the A, and the low E.
So that's the lot easier for the tuner to
hear and, and actually for
our ears to hear as well.
So.
[MUSIC]
And to check
that the base is in tune with itself,
sometimes I like to use the harmonics.
Most of you know how to make a harmonic
sound on the bass.
But for those of you that don't,
you lightly rest the finger of your left
hand over the fret.
And you pluck with your right hand.
[MUSIC]
And that gives you the harmonic [SOUND].
And you'll find that the harmonics are all
the way up and down the neck.
So, for instance on the G string, if you
finger the D harmonic
which is just over where the note D would
be on that string,
it gives that sound just by lightly
pressing the finger [SOUND] over the note.
[SOUND] Over the fret.
Now that same note D is going to be on the
D string where you finger the note G.
[SOUND] So here's the note G [SOUND] but
if you rest your fingers lightly over that
fret, you hit the D.
[MUSIC]
So that's where we find the two D's,
and again we go cross the neck and do the
same thing for the A,
[MUSIC]
And the E.
[MUSIC]
I place the harmonic that's over the D
note on the G string, and over the G note
on the D string.
And I listen to those together.
[SOUND] And if there's no beats,
I know that they're in tune with each
other.
Of course if they were out of tune,
they would sound something like this, and
you can hear that.
So, even if you don't have a tuner,
you can use your ears to determine whether
these strings are in tune or not.
And as they get closer in tune, you'll
hear beats, til it sounds like one string.
Plucking with two fingers on the right
hand.
[MUSIC]
Lightly resting the left hand over
the harmonics.
[MUSIC]
Okay, those sound in tune.
[MUSIC]
Same thing with the D string.
[MUSIC]
A string,
and the E string
[MUSIC]
And again, if they're out of tune,
you'll hear a little bit of a beat.
[MUSIC]
So we have to use our ears, but
that sound is pretty good.
And that's tuning with harmonics.
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