Classical Guitar - Britten Nocturnal - to 4 string Fretless Bass, How if it is ever played ?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mustafa Umut Sa, May 29, 2019.

  1. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    Is it possible to play classic music for classical guitar piece - want to play Britten Nocturnal - with 4 string fretless bass. I am total beginner and I am interested in with that music. Is it ever played on bass and how ?
  2. vilshofen


    Dec 27, 2007
    Mustafa good question, and good choice of music - I've been stealing licks from Nocturnal for years. I've never heard it played on bass; in its entirety, it might - might - work on a 6-string bass, but otherwise all I've ever done with it is improvise off of fragments (in free-jazz contexts, or when noodling), or insert fragments into actual tunes - that doozy of a 10-note ascending line in mm 8 of Part I has been known to find its way into Pinocchio, for example, over an F13 #11.
    By the way another piece you could try adapting is El Polifemo de Oro, by Smith-Brindle; a little more workable on 4-string, and those tone rows are money in the bank! And there are lots of others: Cavatina (Tansman), Drei Tentos (Henze), etc. I've thieved from them all, including the one below! Good luck.

    Frank Martin - Quatre Pieces Breves Manuscript
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  3. I agree with vilshofen. I think a 6er would be more appropriate for the piece.
  4. Mustafa Umut Sa

    Mustafa Umut Sa

    Oct 20, 2007
    Thank you friends , I sold my classical and bought fretless 4 string and discovered Nocturnal. What a beatiful and amazing music. I think I would be needed to cut from my 125 x 10 cms 8mm thick aluminum , a 6 string minimalist bass. I have 5 string bridge , 5 string nut , and 4 string tuner set plus inbus screws. I think I can figure out it. I am thinking nylgut lute strings and piezo sensor. If I can do it , I will be happy to share it