Fretless n00b - advice???

Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby Cheap Bass Tard » Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:55 pm

I've got a lined fretless incoming. Thought I'd try my hand @ playing toothless.

Can any of you guys recommend any decent learning resources? Practice tips? etc???

Just want to make this worth my while.
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby Freddels » Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:19 pm

There's no special technique to it. If you have decent technique on your fretted bass, then you should do fine with the fretless. Just listen to yourself play and try to stay in tune. [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby kennans » Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:20 pm

Yeah man, don't overthink it. Just play, listen, and feel the intonation. Vibrato helps you with intonation, too. But don't tell the 'general population'.
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby ghiadub » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:02 pm

What those guys said.

Also, take your newly acquired fretless bass to a practice session, record yourself, listen.
Repeat until your intonation sounds better than your fretted bass.

And remember; the right note is not always on the note.

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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby harleyyy » Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:33 pm

ghiadub wrote:
And remember; the right note is not always on the note.

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What that guys said. Play along with a tuner it will help to get to know it's own intricacies. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby bigfatbass » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:08 am

That's what I was gonna say, playing through a good strobe, or similarly fast tracking, tuner can really help dial in the intonation. I tend to need to shade a little "flat" to the fret line as I get above the 7th on my jazz 5
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby GonzoBass » Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:55 am

Practice using horizontal vibrato, instead of vertical, to really get the most out of it
and sliding harmonics is fun.

When I started on mine,
I checked myself by comparing fretted notes to open strings a lot
(a trick I learned playing upright in college).
This helped me to find my 'sweet spots' faster.
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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby froover » Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:49 am

what the other guys have said, plus the way i did it, practice and practice and practice, then throw yourself in at the deep end - bring only your fretless to a gig

itll either grab you or it wont

if you do get into the fretless thing, be prepared for all your fretted basses to gather dust!

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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby felig » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:06 am

Start all over again when it comes to e.q. settings, amp settings, pickup balance, etc. etc. I approach tone completely differently between fretted & fretless.

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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby froover » Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:37 am

Oioi Fred, whats up

thought id poke my head round the door here

your right about the thinking differently

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Re: Fretless n00b - advice???

Postby moe monsarrat » Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:48 pm

When I first bought a factory fretless '78 Precision in an Austin pawn shop I didn't know anything about playing fretless bass. So, I just took it to the gig & left everything else at home. I'm singing lead most of the time & I found out that helps me to play in tune. I only play unlined fretless basses. The lines confuse me when I'm singing whereas the dot on the note does not. You will be better off to immerse yourself in it and just listen. Find your starting spot & close your eyes and play the part like you always do. If you have a chance, use an open string for a pitch reference during the tune and when you're done check it again. You will get used to it. As long as you're listening you will be alright and it will get easier all the time.
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