Posted by Nate Myers on November 12, 2000 at 12:53:26:
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 man, about two years ago i ripped the frets out of my old fender p-bass after buying a new fretted bass. The common misconception is that you can slide all around and it will sound great no matter what because you have not frets. i read an article in Bass Player magazine(i suggest you read about it at thier site) and it talked about alternatives to conventional fretless playing. I have learned that playing chords on a fretless sounds great along with many other types of playing it. I think you should check it out. Heres the site, www.bassplayer.com, search for "fretless" and there will be a list of articles about fretless playing. Look over them and consider buying a back issue that has the article you want. Fretless is definitly a fun alternative to fretted
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