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Encyclopedia > Skank (guitar)

Dampening refers to the musical technique of muting an instrument while playing it, or soon after, before it has lost its sustain (stopped ringing). It can be used on a wide variety of string and percussion instruments. This may be done with a mute. Allegory of Music on the Opéra Garnier Music is an art form that involves organized and audible sounds and silence. ... A musical instrument is a device that has been constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A string instrument (or stringed instrument) is a musical instrument that produces sound by means of vibrating strings. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... A mute is a device which alters the timbre and/or reduces the volume of a musical instrument. ...

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Guitar

On guitar, dampening (also referred to as choking) is a technique where, shortly after playing the strings, the sound is reduced by pressing the right hand palm against the strings, right hand dampening (including Palm muting), or relaxing the left hand fingers' pressure on the strings, left hand dampening (or Left-hand muting). Scratching is where the strings are played while dampened, ie, the strings are dampened before playing (Bolton 2001, p.6). The term presumably refers to the clunky sound produced. In funk music this is often done over a sixteenth note pattern with occasional sixteenths undampened (ibid). It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Parts of the guitar. ... A string is a vibrating element used on many musical instruments, such as the violin, guitar, harp, and piano. ... The palm mute, also known as palm muting, is a playing technique for the guitar or bass guitar. ... Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Figure 1. ...


Floating is the technique where a chord is sustained past a sixteenth note rather than that note being scratched, the term referring to the manner in which the right hand "floats" over the strings rather than continuing to scratch (ibid, p.10). Typical fingering for a second inversion C major chord on a guitar. ...


Skanking is where a note is isolated by left hand dampening of the two strings adjacent to the fully fretted string producing the desired note, ie the adjacent strings are scratched (ibid, p.24). See also: Bang/Skank/Checka. The technique is extremely popular among Reggae guitarists, who uses it with virtually every riddim they play on. It is a classical element of this style of music. The neck of a guitar showing the first four frets. ... Look up bang in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up skank in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Cheka-KGB emblem: sword and shield The Cheka (ЧК in Russian) was the first of many Soviet secret police organizations. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A riddim is a rhythm pattern consisting basically of a drum pattern and a prominent bassline. ...


Piano

On a piano, dampening is controlled by the damper sustain pedal, with the strings being dampened unless the pedal is pressed. A grand piano, with the lid up. ... Sustain pedal is the most commonly used pedal in a modern piano. ...


Gamelan

Dampening is also important in most percussion instruments in the gamelan, especially the sarons and gendérs. On instruments that are played with a single mallet, the left hand is used to dampen the previously hit note when a new note is played. On the gendér, which is played with mallets in both hands, the keys must be dampened by the same hand, and it requires practice to master the technique. Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesian origin typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included. ... Saron barung (front, with wooden mallets) and saron panerus (in back, with horn mallet) The saron is a musical instrument of Indonesia, which is used in the gamelan. ... A Gendér is a type of metallophone which is used a lot in Balinese and Javanese Gamelan music. ... A mallet is a type of hammer, and is manufactured in different designs according to their intended use. ...


Source

  • Bolton, Ross (2001). Funk Guitar: The Essential Guide. ISBN 0-634-01168-5.

 
 

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