Re: fretless

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Posted by David McIntire on March 20, 2000 at 21:58:02:

In Reply to: Re: fretless posted by Tim on March 12, 2000 at 14:43:29:

: : Ok this may sound like a dumb question as I have never actually played a fretless but I am just curious about a few things. Is slap/pop and tapping technique effective on a fretless bass as opposed to a fretted? Would you even want to for that matter for fear of damage to the neck (even with flat wounds)? Love the sound just wondering how versatile the instrument is.

: : TIA

: A fretless is versatile, but not a tool for everything... slapping and poping can be done on a fretless, but not with the sucess of a fretted instrument... sliding and slithering around and developing that cool "muahhh" sound and tone, takes a diffrent aproach than blindly hitting the note . Thats where a fretted instrument takes the advantage. But with a fretless, , unless you have the fretmarkers' your ears play the bass. have slapped, my Fender J-fretless before,and it really leaves some to be desired. but it doesn't really promote significant damage to the board. regardless of the strings you use.
: Good Luck'
: Tim

I play a Fender Jazz fretless with epoxy on the board, and this is the only bass I slap on. The guy I
emulate most is Tony Franklin. He played with Jimmy page in the Firm, and slapped quite regularly, and
I play my bas in the same way sometimes. It isn't exactly like a fretted slap sound, but I like it, as
the pops actually contain a pitch to them, rather than being all percussive in effect. Some guys can
slap a fretted bass well, but I am not one of them. The fretless though, I really get into. Hope this helps,

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