Learning fretless, need some input...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by CYoung, Jul 25, 2001.

  1. CYoung


    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    I have had the fortune of recently acquiring a Carvin LB20F fretless bass (very nice bass, btw) and have been slowly getting up to speed with it. My questions to you are:

    1. What are some 'essential' fretless bass songs I should acquire and learn?

    2. What fretless bass instructional books/videos do you recommend?

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Anything by Jaco Pastorius
    Anything by Pino Palladino, especially Give Blood (Pete Townshend, White City)

    I don't know any particular fretless videos or books, you can basically use anything, especially books on harmony. Steve Bailey has a book on fretless, which might be good. Gary Willis' Progressive Bassics video is quite good, but isn't a fretless video per se.

    Hope that helps, maybe others know more?
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    "Save a Prayer," Duran Duran (John Taylor)

    "Everytime You Go Away," Paul Young (Pino Palladino)

    "I Wish It Would Rain Down," Phil Collins (Pino again)

    "Continuum," Jaco Pastorius

    If you want to hear something a little more current, Marcus Miller's latest "M2" has some really nice fretless playing on it. As far as mainstream pop/R&B goes, the fretless sound seems to have fallen out of favor for the moment.