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fretless tuning!

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Hookha, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. Hookha


    Nov 6, 2005
    Can I tune fretless with the overtone method?
    or you have other method to tune a fretless without tuner?
  2. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Tuning with the overtones/harmonics will get your open strings in tune. You still have to play with good intonation to have al the other notes in tune.
  3. Certainly. What is so cool about fretless is that the instrument setup doesn't have to be 99.9% dialed in (particularly string length) to play it in tune, unlike a fretted bass. If the overtones are in alignment across the strings, your ear can get everything else in tune.

    Occasionally on a fretted bass I've had a string go a little sharp or flat over the course of a set. You then have to try to tune on the fly or avoid the string or bend the notes sharp or pressure the notes flat (a little pressure on the back of the neck can drop the pitch a few cents). On fretless this is not a problem because you just correct the notes on the fly using your ear... except for open strings or natural harmonics.

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