a few answers...

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Posted by St'acey on May 22, 2000 at 10:32:47:

In Reply to: A few questions posted by Martin on May 05, 2000 at 11:36:48:

: Hi,
: I've got a few questions here...
: What's the difference between a regular bass and a fretless one?
: When I was playing around with my bass, you know experimenting and stuff, I found
: that if you slightly hook your thumb under a string and give it a quick pull so it
: hits the fretboard you get a sort of slapping sound (although I don't know how to
: slap), now I was wondering if this is a much used technique or am I just waisting
: my time with this?
: Thanks for reading this...
: Martin

Hey Martin,
Well, a fretless bass, if you want a simple definition, is exactly what it sounds like -- it's a bass with no frets. They're great for an advanced player because they sound better when sliding, slapping, and popping. They have a much smoother sound than the fretted kind, though they're sort of a bitch to play
What you did with your thumb was sort of a slap, but try it with your index or middle finger instead. Put the index finger of your right hand just under a string and lightly pull out, so it makes that "popping" sound. To slap, gently hit the knuckle of your right hand on a string (A is the easiest for starters... trust me) and lift up immediately. It takes a lot of practice, but you'll get it soon.
St'acey :)

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