Question on how to play something on tab

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  1. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    I was checking out a tab and I ran across the following:


    It shows two notes being played at the same time.. but how? It doesn't sound like there are more than two notes being played.

    HELP!!
     
  2. MooCheng

    MooCheng Senior Member

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    not sure what you mean Jeff,
    its a simple octave
     
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    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    2 notes being played don't often sound like more than two notes being played (specially when they are octaves of each other).
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    How do I play it? With a finger on the 3/b string and 5/a string.. how do I go about playing that combination?
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    So do I play the 5 or 3? Or both??
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    I think I got it worked out..
     
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    MooCheng Senior Member

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    i on 3, a on 5 or a G major chord includes both notes, I think it all depends on where its heading on what to choose
     
  8. cybermgk

    cybermgk Singin' the body lectric Premium Member V.I.P. Member

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    both
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    I mute the intervening string with the finger that's fretting the lower octave, myself (usually my index finger). It's good enough for Wes Montgomery, it's good enough for me.

    You can also use hybrid picking, Jeff. Hold your pick as you normally would, and use it to strike the lower octave. Use your middle or ring finger to strike the upper octave. While more complex than necessary for this sort of simple octave, it's a great approach for more complex lines, or when you need fingers available for chording or muting. I use hybrid picking when playing slide, in order to help mute any clangy accidentals.
     
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    DotStudio Silver Supporter

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    Yup, hybrid picking will do the trick.
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Jeff, check out this video:



    From 1:04 to 1:44 and from 2:46 to 3:15 (and elsewhere throughout, octaves were a big part of his style), you'll see Wes playing these octaves in the manner I mentioned above. His index finger is muting the string between the two notes. You'll also notice that his middle finger extends over the notes being played to mute bass strings.
     
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    DotStudio Silver Supporter

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    As an aside, getting your fingers accustomed to hybrid picking early on really opens things up later on. It's a very versatile technique. I used it on my track for the latest BTOTM thread for the riff at 1:21 and again fading in at 2:38. It just adds a little something extra...

    Listen to Blingus by DotStudio #np on #SoundCloud
    https://soundcloud.com/dot-studio-803888133/blingus
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Thanks.. I'll work on this today and let you know how it goes.

    Jeff
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Followup..

    I'm going to spend today working on hybrid picking..
    I'll let ya all know how it's going later on

    Jeff
     
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