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song for fretless...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by bass_giant, Apr 6, 2001.

  1. bass_giant


    Jul 31, 2000
    Hong Kong
    I've just got a new fretless...
    but i dun have any idea on it...
    is there any good song played by fretless bass ??
    please give me example...thx !!
  2. Ciaran


    Apr 4, 2001
    Buy "Graceland" by Paul Simon

    The best songs are:
    Boy in the bubble
    You can call me al
    Under African Skies

    Sting liked the fretless aswell,
    buy "The Police:Greatest Hits"
  3. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    Some Pearl Jam songs involve a fretless. Alive and Yellow Ledbetter are the only ones I can think of right now. Also at the risk of stating the obvious, you can always check out Jaco Pastorius.
  4. if you want some good fretless bass playing, check out Gary Willis...he's a master
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Any Paul Young stuff with Pino Palladino.
  6. Check out early Bonnie Raitt with Freebo, or
    Joni Mitchell's albums with Pat Metheny and Jaco, or the album from Shania Twain "Come On Over", it has some nice fretless bass.
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Get some early Brand X albums.

    Percy Jones is amazing.

    Will C.:cool:
  8. Damn! Ya beat me to it!
    Percy is the bassist who showed me the way to fretless long ago.
  9. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Lou Reed - from the album "Blue Mask" - the song "I Love Women". The whole album actually, but that song's my favorite. A little obscure, but sooooooo worth looking into. You can probably find it on Napster.
  10. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    song for fretless...
    When I play unfretted, the bass sings :)
  11. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Definately "Black No. 1" by Type O Negative. That's the song I'd play if I had a fretless. That's the ONLY song I'd play if I had a fretless. I'd play it over and over and over and over.....
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Better than type O! learn some jaco. He uses lots of fretless.

    More difficult stuff (not neccessarily meaning harder than jaco. meaning other stuff that'd be difficult to play than jaco) would be Catch 22. Get the album "Keasbey Nights".

    Songs to learn from it... "Walking Away". The bassist uses only fretless. :)
  13. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Thank you CrawlingEye, a thread about fretless, and your the first one to say Jaco!

    A great song to play on fretless would be "a remark you made" that song sound so much better on a fretless.
  14. BassDude24


    Sep 12, 2000
    Not only is Type-O the coolest Vampire band out there, but someone else beat me to that little four letter word that begins with J and ends in aco.
  15. BassDude24


    Sep 12, 2000

    Hey aren't they a German industrial band supported by Rammstein, if so, then yes, go Rammstein, I strongly sugest that you get the new CD "Mutter" (mother in English) It is very good, they have matured a lot, most of the songs include a symphony accompanyment, so go Till and the gang. If you like their earlier balls to the wall percussive rock, you can still hear the "I want to bash your face in cause I'm a big ass German" attitude in their hearts.
  16. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Whoohoo, makes me wonder how we Germans are seen and what Rammstein contributed to the image we seem to have. A lot of Rammstein's image is actually quite tongue-in-cheek and full of self-irony...;)

    But I wanted to suggest another fretless song, it's still one of my favorites:

    Give Blood, which is on Pete Towneshend's White City album. Pino Palladino and Simon Phillips definitely kick ass on this one. Brilliant basslines (with some BOSS Octaver) and a driving groove...
  17. BassDude24


    Sep 12, 2000
    I have no opinion of German's "in general" but you do have to admit that they really do kick. I have all of their albums and know nearly all of the translations, so I have looked into it, and see most of the self irony. As soon as they start their North American tour I will hardly be able to wait for them to come to town, I had thought about flying to New Zeland to see them, but the rest of my band would have a hard time with the airfare (my dad works for an airline so I get the benifits)

    But on another note, was I right about catch 22?
  18. Not Even the Trees by Hootie and the Blowfish has a nice little fretless line in it.
  19. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Not even close. Catch 22's a ska band from New Jersey. Their first bassist (The one on Keasbey Nights) used only a fretless, I'm not sure about their current one. But they have some pretty crazy bass lines. I suggest learning the song "Walking Away" like I mentioned before, and perhaps "On & On & On"
  20. Catch-22 a german industrial band?! *shudder*

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