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Unread 03-17-2014, 12:51 AM   #1
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Played my fretless with other people for the first time today

...and it went fairly well.

I've had it for a month now.
I've practiced with just the bass.
I've played to recordings.
I've recorded guitar parts to play along with.
I've recoded the bass as well and listened back to it to see what it sounded like.

it's all gone well.
Not perfect, but well.

So today for the first time I played it with other musicians.
I played my older fretted bass during the service and then we had a jam afterwards, partly to try some new stuff and to help evaluate our sound system and help our sound guys.

I played the fretless for that time.

I got lots of good comments from people who would say something if I'd sucked.

But I think I hit more wrong notes from losing my spot than from misplaced fingers (Although I did do that.)

But overall it went well.

I feel encouraged.

So next time I'm on bass I'll be binging the fretless.
A whole new wrinkle to things.

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Unread 03-17-2014, 03:41 AM   #2
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Nice. Glad it went well.

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Unread 03-17-2014, 05:38 AM   #3
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Have you ever tried any of the effects pedals that are supposed to give you that fretless sound? I have a Digitech BP 80 , that I picked up used for little money. It has fretless effects. I have not used it much for my bass though because I am running my harmonica through it. Guess what I want to know is how the fretless effect pedals compare to the real thing?
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Unread 03-18-2014, 11:18 PM   #4
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Never tried any of them.

I'm enjoying the real thing.
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Unread 03-25-2014, 11:08 AM   #5
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So what's the big deal of a fretless? I know my upright sounds different but there's a variety of reasons for that.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 01:14 AM   #6
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Well for most of us it's easier to play than an upright.

But like the upright, without the frets you get a different tone, and you can get microtones and go MWAH!

It's a different experience.

I'm enjoying it.
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I can imagine sliding into notes is a silky smooth experience .
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Be like playing the trombone

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Unread 03-28-2014, 05:49 PM   #9
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I can imagine sliding into notes is a silky smooth experience .
Well that depends on your strings...
But it is cool.

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Be like playing the trombone
I don't know, I've never played trombone before.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 06:30 PM   #10
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I used to have a Fretless Bass years ago. It takes a bit more Practice to get good at it, as you realize - there aren't any Fret Bars to easily find your spot. One of the things I like doing the most was sliding into the note. It adds a lot, if done right.

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Unread 03-30-2014, 11:46 PM   #11
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Well that day was a jam/practice session-mostly for the benefit of the sound guys, but today was another first.

Today I played fretless bass in a service for the first time.
It actually went pretty well, especially considering I didn't sleep well the night before (I've been sick)
There weren't a lot of chances to do more than a one or two fret slide, but that was still cool.

One of the main reasons I got it was because I already slide into notes, it's part of my style.
And on a fretless bass it's even cooler.

From now on I'll probably just be using the fretless when it's my turn to play.
But I'll still keep the fretted and still play it at home.
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Unread 08-15-2014, 02:38 AM   #12
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Over the last year I switched almost entirely from fretted 34" scale to fretless 42" scale (ns designs). 1st time in public was an Easter service!
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Unread 08-15-2014, 06:59 AM   #13
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I love the sound of a fretless bass!!! Wish I could hear both of you!
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