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Fretless Intonation Question

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ProbablyTooLoud, Dec 21, 2020.


  1. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    Ed Fuqua's advice to focus on ear training, as he describes in various posts over the years on TB, has been very helpful, and I've experienced significant improvement over the month I've applied his ideas. In addition to his advice, I practice with a drone reference tone, which I think helps a lot, too. Slowly but surely, my ear improves. I do not plan to add lines to my fretless Rickenbacker.
     
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  2. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Nearly all the top fretless players, look at the neck and play with lines. Why do you think that is?
     
  3. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    The faux justification for the 'advantages' of an unlined board basically comes down to one thing: "It looks cooler." Style over substance basically. You pays your money and you makes your choices. To stay well below the twelfth fret or not....
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2021
  4. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    Dude they can do them and I'll do me.
    As far as why they do that, I'm not the guy to answer that question - they are.
    And re. your assertion about "faux justifications" - whatever bro.
    Plenty of great fretless players go without lines.
     
  5. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    You can be as out of tune as you like. That's your choice.
     
  6. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    I've been waiting for your approval.
    Thank you so much.
     
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  7. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    I wonder why nobody ever taught of lines on violin and Upright bass , probably because it won't look cool.

    Look was very important in the 17th century
     
  8. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    Double stops , chords , reference to open strings helps me a lot when I practice.
     
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  9. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    Line on the neck doesn't make you play more in tune
     
  10. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Don't be silly.
     
  11. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Just don't play it near me.
     
  12. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    You're right , lines DO help to play in tune , they are called frets.
     
  13. ProbablyTooLoud

    ProbablyTooLoud

    Aug 1, 2020
    Atlanta
    As if.
     
  14. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    Music to my ears.
     
  15. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive

    Jan 6, 2020
    I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a completely different instrument with a very different scale and playing position. They're different see.
     
  16. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    Here
    Electric bass is smaller than URB and bigger than a violin so it's more difficult than both ?
     
  17. 1958Bassman

    1958Bassman

    Oct 20, 2007
    Is he a freaking alien? How the hell can he play guitar AND bass so well?
     
  18. 1958Bassman

    1958Bassman

    Oct 20, 2007
    The fingers still need to go to the right places- lines don't cause that, they're just for visual reference.
     
  19. Abner

    Abner

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mississauga
    Wait a minute... if I'm not mistaken, that is an unlined board on that Jazz bass. Is it not?
     
  20. 1958Bassman

    1958Bassman

    Oct 20, 2007
    Looks that way- might be made for the neck, since the inlays don't look original. Maybe it has markings on the edge of the fingerboard that are easy to see.
     
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