Hey bass brothers and sisters, it's been awhile!
I embarked on a new adventure this last week with my live bass playing.
I've been playing my Ibanez Soundgear 6 string fretted for many years, gigging out with it as my main bass for a long time.
I've been playing in an R&B band for over a year and a half now (www.nexxlevelband.com
), and absolutely love it-we play out 10-12 times per month, good stuff.
So this past week I decided to try out something new-my shoulder has been really bothering me from the heavy Ibby, and I have a beautiful Schecter 5-string fretless bass that I've played occasionally for the past few years that weighs a fraction of the Ibby.
I've always found the fretless to be challenging in this band's context as I use a lot of popping and artifacts in my playing, but also found that playing the fretless really forced me to think harder about melody and phrasing.
So I played my mid-week gig last week half the night with the fretless, then went 100% fretless on both Friday and Saturday nights.
I loved it! It was challenging, but the tone just blew me away. My BL and also my musical director liked the tone as well, so I think I'm going to spend some time playing the fretless as my main bass.
I was surprised to find that I was able to utilize a lot of similar techniques for popping, although the sound has a different characteristic.
I'm happy to say that this has renewed my bass passion, and I'm excited for the days to come!
Thanks for letting me share-Dan