Re: Fretless help needed

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Posted by Datsgor on November 03, 2000 at 08:38:02:

In Reply to: Fretless help needed posted by Aaron on November 03, 2000 at 05:48:21:

: Hi all, I played guitar for 5 years, learnt tab and played a lot of chords, I moved to 4 string bass 3 years ago and have enjoyed success with it, mainly playing jazz, funk dance styles, in bands and jammimng with friends a lot. I recently went out to buy a new bass and ended up buying a 4 string fretless ? ? ? - it is a beauty of an instrument, only problem is I either slide and it sounds great, or I play all the old bass lines and it sounds like a normal bass, I need a few pointers as to how to begin on this new instrument, I have had it 2 days and need HELP! ! ! How do I approach a 4string fretless bass guitar? ? ?

Hey, it's o.k. that when you play the bass lines they sound like the normal bass lines. That means your playing it well. One of the biggest problems I have seen with people starting to play a fretless, is that they are sliding all over the freaking place. All of a sudden they feel every note needs to be slid. Ther are so many nuances to playing the fretless bass. Just keep playing your normal lines and you will develope a feel for your slides and vibrato. All the subtle things that make this a beautiful instrument. By the way, I just got Jacos birthday concert CD....holy Mac! Awsome.....peace......john

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