Re: some pretty dumb questions...

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Posted by TomStraight on July 02, 2002 at 09:35:35:

In Reply to: some pretty dumb questions... posted by Richard Malone on February 06, 2002 at 16:17:57:

: ...but I'm going to ask anyways :)

: For the longest time, I've loved the sound of the fretless electric bass. So, I've decided that I want to learn how to play this beautiful sounding instrument. *BUT* I've never played an instrument before in my life! So...

: 1) Is the fretless bass too much for complete beginners?
Yes, You need to know what "In tune" sounds like before trying this beast

: 2) I've seen many fretless basses available with fretlines and/or dots. How accurate are these markings and are they "enough" of a visual aid to help a beginner with proper intonation, at least until I can train my ear/mind/fingers?
Yes they can help

: 3) Also, when fingering with a fretless bass that has fretlines/dot markers, where do you put your finger(s)? Behind the line, on the line, or...? Or are there many variables that are involved, such as the size of my fingertips, etc.?
Use a tuner and determine what is "in tune" that is the only sure way of knowing.

: 4) Really dumb one here: when playing on a fretless, do you fret notes the same as you would with frets, or is "proper" to slide back and forth to each desired note? (I've heard some fretless players that seem to slide constantly.)
Do what ever sounds good to you!

: I went to a Mars Music store this morning and a salesman/bassist looked like he was gonna faint when I told him that I wanted to learn the fretless. He said it was a bad idea due to the fact that since I've never played an instrument before (much less a bass), that I wouldn't learn proper intonation because, as he put it, I "wouldn't know what I was hearing." This sounds logical to me. What do you guys think?
Not the worst advice I've heard....

: Couldn't I learn "what to hear" (so to speak) and proper intonation from a qualified fretless bass instructor? My desire is quite strong to learn this instrument. I recently turned 30 and I don't want to put off this "fantasy" any longer.
Stop obsessing and buy the #@$% thing. What do you really have to loose but a few bucks?

: Thank you,
: Richard

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