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Exploiting strengths of fretless bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by EPrendergast, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. EPrendergast


    Sep 23, 2005
    Wales, UK
    I've got a cheapy 4 string active fretless from Vintage, but I find it has a great sound for the money. I expect I'm probably still playing it like a fretted, though. What are some songs to listen to that contain clear examples of technique that only works on the fretless (slides aside)? I've got a Jaco Pastorius album (Live in Paris) - are there some particular bits to be listening out to on that for imitable technique?
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Every Time You Go Away. Great fretless bass.
  3. Sunset Grill - Don Henley
    New York Minute - Don Henley
    Lady In Red - Chris Deburgh

    Pretty cool stuff
  4. Andy On Bass

    Andy On Bass

    Sep 10, 2005
    Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Marcus Miller

    Some really nice fretless work there :).
  5. EPrendergast


    Sep 23, 2005
    Wales, UK
    Just had a listen to that song - it is absolutely great. He's got a similar sort of tone to Jaco but seems to make more use of slides to really make the song sound of fretless. Judiciously, though. When I try and include a lot of slides in my jams I end up sounding like a child with a slide whistle.