What is fret?

  • (noun): A small bar of metal across the fingerboard of a musical instrument; when the string is stopped by a finger at the metal bar it will produce a note of the desired pitch.
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Some articles on fret:

Scale Of Harmonics
... 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) ...
Fret Buzz
... 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 ...
Slide (guitar Technique)
... sounds one note, and then moves (slides) their finger up or down the fretboard to another fret ... by performing a small slide from an undetermined fret into the target fret ... can otherwise be achieved, because the note is not fretted, as the slide "becomes" the fret ...
The Dutch Rock & Pop Institute - 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 ...
Partial Capo
... 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 ... 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 ... capo is typically placed as close to the desired fret as possible, just behind the fret ...

More definitions of "fret":

  • (verb): Decorate with an interlaced design.
  • (noun): An ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizonal lines (often in relief).
    Example: "There was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
    Synonyms: Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern
  • (verb): Wear away or erode.
    Synonyms: eat away
  • (verb): Carve a pattern into.
  • (noun): A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion.
    Synonyms: worn spot
  • (verb): Provide (a musical instrument) with frets.
    Example: "Fret a guitar"
  • (verb): Worry unnecessarily or excessively.
    Synonyms: fuss, niggle
  • (verb): Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing.
    Synonyms: chafe, gall
  • (verb): Be agitated or irritated.
    Example: "Don't fret over these small details"
  • (verb): Cause annoyance in.
  • (verb): Be too tight; rub or press.
    Synonyms: choke, gag

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 (1836–1918)

    If she must teem,
    Create her child of spleen, that it may live
    And be a thwart disnatured torment to her!
    Let it stamp wrinkles in her brow of youth,
    With cadent tears fret channels in her cheeks,
    Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits
    To laughter and contempt, that she may feel
    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    To have a thankless child!
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Heaven has its business and earth has its business: those are two separate things. Heaven, that’s the angels’ pasture; they are happy; they don’t 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 (1907–1945)