A fret is a raised portion on the neck of a stringed instrument, that extends generally across the full width of the neck. On most modern western instruments, frets are metal strips inserted into the fingerboard. On historical instruments and some non-European instruments, pieces of string tied around the neck serve as frets.
Frets divide the neck into fixed segments at intervals related to a musical framework. On instruments such as guitars, each fret represents one semitone in the standard western system where one octave is divided into twelve semitones.
"To fret" is often used as a verb, meaning simply "to press down the string behind a fret." Fretting often refers to the frets and/or their system of placement.
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... Most fret positions appearing on Non-Western string instruments (lutes) are equal to positions of this scale ... Unexpectedly, these fret positions are actually the corresponding undertones of the overtones from the harmonic series ... The distance from the nut to the fret is an integer number lower than the distance from the fret to the bridge (see superparticular number) ...
... moves (slides) their finger up or down the fretboard to another fret ... a player can accentuate a note by performing a small slide from an undetermined fret into the target fret ... This can be performed from above or below the target fret, and it is called sliding into the note ...
... A capo, or, rarely, capo tasto (from Italian capo, "head" and tasto, "tie or fret") is a device used on the neck of a stringed (typically fretted) instrument to shorten the playable ... In effect, a capo uses a fret of an instrument to create a new nut at a higher note than the instrument's actual nut ... No matter the style, the capo is typically placed as close to the desired fret as possible, just behind the fret ...
... FRET is a free publication about the pop music scene in the Holland ... It contains interviews, reviews, a gig guide and background information about Dutch bands and artists ...
... Fret buzz is one of the many undesirable phenomena that can occur on a guitar or similar stringed instrument ... Fret buzz occurs when the vibrating part of one or more strings physically strikes the frets that are higher than the fretted note (or open note) ... Sometimes, fret buzz can be so minute that there is only a small change in the tone (timbre) of the note, without any noticeable buzzing ...
Famous quotes containing the word fret:
“O Master, let me walk with thee
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care;”
—Washington Gladden (18361918)
“Heaven has its business and earth has its business: those are two separate things. Heaven, thats the angels pasture; they are happy; they dont have to fret about food and drink. And you can be sure that they have black angels to do the heavy work like laundering the clouds or sweeping the rain and cleaning the sun after a storm, while the white angels sing like nightingales all day long or blow in those little trumpets like they show in the pictures we see in church.”
—Jacques Roumain (19071945)
“Cassius. Must I endure all this?
Brutus. All this? Ay, more! Fret till your proud heart break.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)