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What Instrument would you like to have that is not a Keyboard?
When I was in high school, they got me a Selmer of Paris Mark VI soprano to play. No ****************. Nobody had any clue what it was worth, it was found in a basement of another school 60 miles away. I miss that thing.
HEY!! That's my sax! I forgot it there when I was fifteen.
BTW, your kids go to Storrington PS? My wife teaches there.
Originally posted by senorblues;
... But if it's all about familiarity, then maybe I should avoid rooms that hire guitars. There's no point in doing Creedence, Zep, Buffet, etc. all night.
Mandolin, and then experiment with sound shaping it. I also dig fretless e.bass. I never figured out why more bass players never exploited them. Pastorius and Palladino made a believer out of me.
Jaco was da man.
Mick Karn was one of the very few fretless bassists who succeeded in creating an original personality on that instrument, in the post-Jaco era.
Michael Manring is another, despite studying directly with Jaco. I guess all the unusual tunings he's used helps. I also hear the influence of Michael Hedges (the innovative acoustic guitarist) in his playing.
have put it aside for awhile...I got this about a year ago...there is a steep learning curve getting use to bowing and intonation when fingering notes.
Brave soul. Is that a viola or a violin?
I've found bowing to be the greater challenge. If I'm playing along with other instruments, I can get my intonation close enough to the others. Good tone production and good control over dynamics and articulation with a bow is so much more difficult.
What the point of playing fretless if you dont "slip & slide".
It all goes back to the origin of the electric bass guitar. Is it more of an electric guitar or more of an electric string bass?
The Fender Precision Bass is obviously just an electric guitar built to be tuned like a string bass. The frets were intentional, to simplify playing in tune more easily...thus the "Precision" name.
I'm not sure what the very first fretless bass guitar was, but I'm guessing the Ampeg "scroll" and "devil" bass guitars of the early 1960s was the first production model. Notice the string bass like features: headstock, radiused fingerboard and tailpiece. The cover obscures the combination bridge/pickup. Yes, those holes do go through the entire body. They were also offered in fretted versions with a flatter fingerboard.
Fender's first fretless bass was introduced in 1969.
Fretless bass guitars sound different because the string contacts the fingerboard directly, not a metal fret. Some guitars (not just basses or even just electrics) use a "zero fret" to make the open string notes sound like fretted notes...remember an open string is only in contact with the nut, which is seldom metal. The types of vibrato possible on a fretless instrument is different. The playing feel is different and the action can be lower. So there are many reasons to play a fretless bass even if you play without slides.
Right, I have a fretless bass that I use in fast songs in which case I don't do sliding. But as Meatball expertly explained, the tone is different and unless I want to play chords, my fretless has been my go-to bass in recent years. Now I'm moving to flatwounds to make it even more kick-ass
I'm surprised no one's mentioned the theremin yet. I picked one up a few months ago and it's been... interesting. Fun to experiment with using effects, but insanely difficult to play properly. I've been using a small peice of paper as a guide to find where the key of C is, but even then the tuning is always a bit different every time I turn it on. I was actually watching this NIN performance the other day and noticed Charlie Clouser had a theremin on stage, but he was playing it by sliding his finger on the casing unit. I suppose if you're a keyboard player, this would be the easiest method.