What is fret?

  • (verb): Cause annoyance in.
    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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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
... 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 ... 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 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)
... one note, and then moves (slides) their finger up or down the fretboard to another fret ... 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 ...
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) ...

More definitions of "fret":

  • (verb): Be too tight; rub or press.
    Synonyms: choke, gag
  • (noun): A spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion.
    Synonyms: worn spot
  • (verb): Decorate with an interlaced design.
  • (verb): Be agitated or irritated.
    Example: "Don't fret over these small details"
  • (verb): Worry unnecessarily or excessively.
    Synonyms: fuss, niggle
  • (verb): Become or make sore by or as if by rubbing.
    Synonyms: chafe, gall
  • (verb): Carve a pattern into.
  • (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.
  • (verb): Wear away or erode.
    Synonyms: eat away
  • (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): Provide (a musical instrument) with frets.
    Example: "Fret a guitar"

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