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Old 03-09-2021, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Bax Burgess View Post
A sympathetic vibration shows that the intonation is spot on, while sympathetic vibrations are to be avoided. I'm out of the loop here.
On a bass guitar, sympathetic vibrations create a rumble that isnít very musical at all. Itís why bass guitarists often anchor their thumbs on a string, or use a floating thumb method that silences the strings that are not played. Often, the left hand will also be use to silence strings in conjunction with the thumb.

In contrast, on the double bass, you donít do that at all. While you could in theory do that when playing pizzicato, nobody does, and itíd be practically impossible to do when playing arco (with the bow). In general, the sympathetic vibrations arenít as noticeable audibly on the double bass as the bass guitar, but you can certainly feel them.

So back to the question, when playing classical guitar, are the sympathetic vibrations something I need to worry about dampening down?

I certainly notice them a lot more than I do on the double bass, likely due to the pitches involved and the fact that the guitar is moving a lot less air than a double bass does, so the ratio of sympathetic vibration to actual note is a lot different. (To get an idea of how much air a double bass can move, I can face the wall and play my bass and proceed to rattle glassware and the snares on my sonís drum set in another room behind me).
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