fretless mwah

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bass555, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. bass555


    Mar 16, 2005
    I have a session coming up doing some demos with just (rather busy) piano and drums...the songwriter asked me to add some fretless

    How does one get the mwah and who are some good examples?
  2. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Jaco (of course), Pino Palladino (sp?), Gary Willis, among others.

    The "Mwah" comes from a combination of technique and bass tone.
  3. jpo259


    Feb 2, 2005
    Corona, CA
    Wanna hear some AWESOME Mwah??? Pino P. on Don Henleys' 'Sunset Grill'. Go to and download that bad boy. Positively BEAUTIFUL fretless playing and tone.................
  4. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Get Paul Simon - Graceland. Baghiti Khumalo has just about my ideal fretless tone. All songs done on a fretless.
  5. Tnavis


    Feb 25, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    bass555, what kind of bass are you playing?
  6. bass555


    Mar 16, 2005
    Tnavis: Lakland 55-01(?) fretless
  7. darkside 88

    darkside 88

    Feb 23, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    All the bass on The Mars Volta's 'Frances the Mute' is fretless, noticably 'The Widow'. And I also recomend the obvious Jaco.
  8. Tnavis


    Feb 25, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Adjust the blend to favor the bridge pickup on the Lakland, and boost the mids a bit to bring out the gorgeous, gorgeous mwah.
  9. you can also get a nice mwah by plucking gently over the fingerboard rather than between the fingerboard and the bridge, as normal.

    from the lows,