Vibrato technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by MusicEd, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. MusicEd

    MusicEd Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Does anyone have a technique or exercise for vibrato on a fretless?
  2. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Up and down the road, not across the street.
  3. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Watch as many Jaco videos as you can find.
  4. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Get ahold of Gary Willis's 101 Tips book. He's got some exercises for fretless intonation in it. Lotsa useful info in that book, and it doesn't cost too much.
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  6. Frohman


    Nov 24, 2009
    Fretless vibrato is traditionally an elbow motion. On bass and guitar, you move the string up and down on the fret with your palm and fingers. On violin, cello and other bowed instruments, you vibrate the pitch with your wrist ever so slightly. With a fretless bass I, and many others, perfer to use the entire underarm. Hold your arm with a straight wrist, and move the arm right and left from the elbow and up.
  7. MusicEd

    MusicEd Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2012
    Thanks for the responses. Great tips as always.