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What songs are fun to play on fretless bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BryanS, Nov 10, 2018.


  1. BryanS

    BryanS

    Sep 3, 2018
    Portland Oregon
    I gleefully just picked up two 1976 Gibson G3 basses (bought one that needed to be restored, then looking for parts, found one in mint condition - lucky me). One happens to be fretless. I've had a ton of fun sliding around the great bass riff to the Beatles "Come Together." And playing Cream's Badge is pretty fun.

    What are some other songs that are especially fun to play on a fretless bass?
     
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  2. Troberts 98

    Troberts 98

    Jan 30, 2017
    Funny, I was reading this when Sunset Grill by Don Henry came on the radio. Very nice fretless work on that track.
     
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  3. No help here but congrats on the G3s! Love those basses!
     
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  4. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I love playing, or at least attempting to play, both of the counterpoint basslines at once, using two-handed tappity and sliding. Sounds great sometimes, crap otherwise, but always fun to try!
     
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  6. caasi91

    caasi91

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF Bay
    Gotta go with the classic:

    Teen Town or Continuum so you can sound like Jaco for a tad instant.
     
  7. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    N.H.
    Some Pat Metheny?
     
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  8. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
     
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  9. SpazzTheBassist

    SpazzTheBassist

    Jun 20, 2006
    some of my faves to play "faux fretless" on


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    Brad Lang is a personal fave fretless player (cued below)



     
  10. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Spain by Chick Corea. Covered by almost everyone.
     
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  11. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn

    Jun 30, 2009
    New Mexico
    Although it's really a keyboard bass line, try playing along Blue Wind by Jeff Beck on the Wired album.

    I think this is a cool bass line and it does resemble a fretless Bass.

    This is an excellent way to work on your vibrato if you can emulate the bass part.

     
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  12. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 Groove it

    lots of Bad Company tunes have fretless
     
  13. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Some of my favorite fretless jams to play along with:

    Birdland - Weather Report
    Into The Gap - Thompson Twins
    Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
    The whole Graceland record
    Bad Day - Daniel Powter
    Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Angelique Kidjo

    And big band-era stuff like this:

     
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  14. Mark 63

    Mark 63 Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    Connecticut
    Mr. Kite
     
  15. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    I pretty much exclusively played my fretless for 2 years. 20 times at church, a couple 3 hour Modern country gigs, a few classic rock sessions, some metal recordings. What was most for for me was to make NOT sound like a fretless until I really wanted to bring out the mwah.
     
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  16. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    X 10 on Birdland!
     
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  17. ba55i5t

    ba55i5t

    May 24, 2006
    Pink Floyd - Hey You.
     
  18. arbiterusa

    arbiterusa

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Boys of Summer on that album has some searing fretless work as well. Really, anything with Pino playing fretless on it is pretty awesome.

    OP: the Henley album and Graceland by Paul Simon is pretty old as well, but is nothing but crazy, amazing fretless work.

    What you'll find out if you keep at it is that you can play anything on fretless that you can on a fretted. Your life might get real interesting at that point.
     
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  19. johnnywizzo

    johnnywizzo

    Oct 28, 2018
    All of them!
     
  20. ZuluFunk

    ZuluFunk Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Pennsylvania

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