Tips on playing fretless please?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by arvidgunardi, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. I've just got my fretless today. It's lined and that helps me alot. I am a working bassist, but never played/own any fretless before. So I need lots of tips on playing them properly. The approach, techniques etc. I realise it's really hard to play it neat, and in tune. So anybody has any ideas?

    Do not overdo what, or do more of this or less less that?

  2. rwagne2


    Aug 2, 2001
    practice vibrato by 'wiggling' the fretting finger parallel along the string. try and get this tecnique strong and independant from changing notes. I've found that applying this tecnique in some degree to all notes, even stacatto really 'livens' up your sound and adds alot of character.

    Most importantly just practice.
  3. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Practice scales and arpeggios a LOT, and use a tone for reference. I used to practice with a Boss DR-5, and use an organ note sample for reference. Works great! Also, practice along with a lot of recordings and pay very close attention to your intonation (an obvious statement, eh? ;) ).