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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by MusicEd, Jan 5, 2014.
Does anyone have a technique or exercise for vibrato on a fretless?
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Watch as many Jaco videos as you can find.
Get ahold of Gary Willis's 101 Tips book. He's got some exercises for fretless intonation in it. Lotsa useful info in that book, and it doesn't cost too much.
Fretless vibrato is traditionally an elbow motion. On bass and guitar, you move the string up and down on the fret with your palm and fingers. On violin, cello and other bowed instruments, you vibrate the pitch with your wrist ever so slightly. With a fretless bass I, and many others, perfer to use the entire underarm. Hold your arm with a straight wrist, and move the arm right and left from the elbow and up.
Thanks for the responses. Great tips as always.