fretting question

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by pedders, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. pedders


    Jan 3, 2005
    which part of the fret gives the best (most 'whole') sound?

    i have been told to play exactly in the centre of the fret, and also been told to play to the right, near the fret as possible.

    Or does it depend what kind of sound you're trying to create?
  2. Alvaro Martín Gómez A.

    Alvaro Martín Gómez A. TalkBass' resident Bongo + cowbell player

    To me, playing toward the end of the fret space gives you the best sound with less effort. Playing on the center demands a bit more of pressure to avoid buzzing. Besides, if you ever plan to play a fretless bass (assuming that right now you don't), you'll have a little advantage to get used to proper intonation if you're used to play near the end of the fret space because on a fretless bass you're supposed to play over the "fret wires", not between them. Jaco talks about that in his instructional video.

    BTW, welcome to TalkBass! :) :hyper:
  3. Playing right by the fret takes much less effort than playing in the middle. Unless the sound you're trying to create is "buzzing", then keep by the fret.
  4. yep, i get the best tone by at just before the fret.