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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bluntman_bass, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. bluntman_bass


    Jul 13, 2004
    Wilcox, NE
    what style or type of playing is best if n e for a fretless bass? like picks, slap, or fingers? :help:
  2. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Picking and fingerstlye both give the traditional fretless sound. Slapping will give it a sort of "plunk" sound (think Les Claypool's fretless recordings).

    All are usable, but some dislike the sound of a slapped fretless.
  3. I don't care for picks. If you're not dead on, everyone will know. Fingers hide it a bit better.
  4. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    No they don't. People will notice if you suck with any technique. I think fingers are a lot harder to fake due to the coordination involved in moving 2 fingers as opposed to 1 pick. I play with both and find they're just different.
  5. I think fingerstyle is the obvious winner, but picked sounds pretty good too. Slapping can, depending on the bass and/or your tastes. I think chording and tapping sound pretty cool, although both are quite a challenge on fretless compared to fretted.