Ok, I got the Guitar World "GuitarDVD How To Play Hard Rock & Heavy metal Guitar: The Ultimate DVD Guide" by Andy Aledort, and there are two things here I don't quite understand myself.

In Figure 7 of the 60's and 70's section, there are two symbles used that I don't understand, and are not in the back of the book:



What does the () around the 9 mean here?

and then later there's a tie that is dashed instead of being solid, what does that mean?
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Last edited by Outside Octaves at Jun 16, 2006,
im not sure but it could mean u play that note soft

as for the dashed tie, i have no idea

edit: well the dashed tie could mean u let the note fade out, but im not sure, thats just a guess.
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Last edited by Kdub at Jun 16, 2006,
Possibly that the note is optional?
Maybe if the book was showing you how to use scales it could be a note that isnt actually in the scale, but still works.
i think it means harmonic. but i dont know
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i would say its pinched harmonic
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It's not a harmonic. Harmonics would be <5>

That's a soft note, or an optional one. You don't have to play it. If it's a transcription of a recording it could mean a note sounded accidentally, or one tied in the with the previous.
Well, it's close to what he would play, but not exact, for royalties reasons.

But thanks a lot. I think it may just be a soft note in this case listening to the dvd... or not played at all I dunno, got some more listening and playing to do.

But as for that dashed tie, I looked in the back of the book again, and found it... but I just want to check and make sure... does it mean a tied rythm?
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The (9) means that some people hear the note and other don't. It is kind of like saying "We are not sure this note is supposed to be in here, but if there is a note there on purpose, this is it" and it could also mean the artist made a mistake by hitting that note, and since it wasn't intentional it wasn't as strong.

So basically, it means it is optional and to use your ear to figure out if it's in the song.
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Is there a note after that one? Sometimes notes in brackets refer to what pitch you are bending the string up to the sound of. So if for example if there were a 7 after that one, you would bend the A string from the 7th fret up to the sound of the 9th, and then play the 7.
With the tie thing, could you post the tab for us to see?
Here's a pic, it's small because I had to resize it to fit this site's image constraints .

Ok, I think I've figured it out actually... after studying the back of the book, I've come to the conclusion that the dashed tie is his representation of a normal tie, in trying to keep that notation seperate from say a legato slide, or H.O./P.O..

Thanks for the help.

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Last edited by Outside Octaves at Jun 16, 2006,
I think the tie thats dashed means vibratto, the other means muted or really soft?
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The tie means a rhythmic tie meaning you hold it for both notes and start using vibrato on the second part of the note. The (9) means that you play it softly.
Last edited by ferretman at Jun 16, 2006,