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Posted by ANDY on March 18, 2001 at 19:54:57:

In Reply to: Beginning posted by Peter Lipton on March 18, 2001 at 09:07:15:

: To all the experienced bass players out there,

: For a long time I've been wanting to play bass guitar, finally I have the option to start. My question is, what is the best way to start?
: (What kind of bass-guitar do I need? Should I rent or buy? what's the best amp. for my money?)
: Ik hope you can give me some advice.

: thanks,

: Peter Peter,a fretless bass refers to a bass that has no frets.Frets are the metal bars that are placed across the width of the guitar neck.The frets provide a precise point of contact in which a presice pitch or note can be played.For this reason fretted basses are much easier to play or to learn to play.With fretless,the pitch or note played has to be played with the string making contact with the neck in a precise location on the neck.If your finger isn't on the exact pitch of the note you want to play,it's going to be either sharp(toohigh)or flat(toolow)to play the correct note.Playing fretless requires learning the exact location of notes on the neck by their exact location by "feel"and carefull ear training to obtain the correct note.If the bass strings are out of tune and your fingering is off,it's going to sound really bad.It just takes a little longer to master the art of playing and sounding great.I would suggest learning on a fretted bass first then move on to a fretless bass.As you may know,fretless basses have a distinct sound quality to them and may not be the right choice depending on your style or taste.To have an idea on how they sound,listen to bassists like the late Jaco Pastorius(group;Weather Report,album;Heavy Weather)or Alain Caron (group; Le Band album; Play)for example.Try testing a fretted bass at a musicshop to get a feel for it,comparing it to a fretted bass.Hope you get off to great start.


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