Posted by Bruce Miles on July 20, 2000 at 03:52:59:
In Reply to: Sound of a Fretless Bass posted by Newbie in New York on January 04, 2000 at 18:02:39:
: Okay, call me new, but what are the differences in sound between a fretted and a
: fretless bass?
That microtonal stuf is a bunch of crap. Firstly, it's frequently referred to as 'quarter-tone' music. That means, that in Western music, we only use
half tone intervals: F to F#, B to C, etc. In Eastern music, they
subdivide the scales into quarter tones which are simply, F, the 1/4
tone above F, and then F#. It's really quite difficult to distinguish,
which is why we don't use it in our system of music. When it is used,
though, it usually is found in solo's. Not in the drone note that usually accompanies it. The drone note is a set pitch. It has to be, or you
would never hear the subtle variations in the soloist's scales.
Since the bass would serve as the drone instrument, if it was
used in eastern music. (which I'm not sure of) that is not a valid reason
for using a fretless bass. YOU ARE WRONG!!!
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