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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by envika, Sep 11, 2008.
do any of you TBers play fretless with a pick?
I do when I can (I don't own a fretless currently), to get that sort of Steve Swallow sound that is all nice and groovey.
i've only done this on a few occasions while recording because i wanted a very specific sound. otherwise, it's not my cup of tea...
Why does it matter if someone has done it before you?
I think he's mainly trying to see how others liked the results.
no noone has ever done it before its your idea your self patent it.(please note tongue firmly stuck in cheek) Ive never really played with a pick much but I am also just picking bass back up after like i dont know more than a decade. and after reading your post I picked up a pick and my fretless. kinda liked it. my view is its another sound to put in your quiver of tools. you can never have too many "sounds" you can get maybee the experience will pay off when your trying to figure out a song and you go ."oh I know that sound thats a fretless with a pick"
just my 2 cents worth
i'm not surprised that it sounds good, i've just never heard of anyone doing it.
I'd love try something like that, as soon as I could get my hands on a fretless.
Here you go:
Check out a bassist named Monique Ortiz, and you'll get a very good idea of what fretless sounds like when played with a pick.
Sting did. Listen to Roxanne
Mick Karn (Japan, et al) did as well...
listen to Pigs (Three Different Ones) by Pink Floyd. Gilmour plays a fretless there with a pick. It sounds good, though I never really liked the tone of my pick playing on my fretless. But that's not bad, if you have an other type of tone in your hand
"Hey You" from the Wall is an even better example of fretless with a pick, except for the chorus. Grind grind grind...I hate chorus!
You can also listen to Carles Benavent, "father" of the flamenco bass playing.
Check out Rick Danko!