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The fretless bass is that rare instance where a primarily rhythm-based instrument has broken out to become the focal point of a sound. The introduction of the fretless bass with its unmistakable pluck, glide, tone, and sustain was the biggest watershed moment for the instrument since the advent of active electronics. In jazz and fusion circles it is highly regarded as a precision tool, and it is essential for funk, soul, and R&B. Straight from the pages of Bass Player comes this collection of interviews and commentary on this curious instrument that, in the hands of players as diverse as Jaco Pastorius, Bill Wyman, Bunny Brunel and a host of others, has pushed and blurred the boundaries of their respective genres.

Bass Player Presents: The Fretless Bass tells the whole story of this unique and curious instrument. From its origins and initial experiments to its greatest triumphs on both stage and record, the story is told by the players who put the instrument on the musical map. Lavishly illustrated throughout with both photos and transcriptions, this is an essential read for players and enthusiasts of all levels of experience.

The book includes interviews with some of the fretless bass' biggest proponents. Marcus Miller, Primus' Les Claypool, Jack Bruce, Pino Palladino, and Sting decode the mystery behind the instrument and offer musical examples of their own as well as tricks and shortcuts for mastering this intimidating axe. The book also includes an illustrated section from top luthier Dan Erlewine (The Guitar Player Repair Guide) on proper care and maintenance of a fretless instrument.

About the Author: Chris Jisi is a founding contributing editor to Bass Player magazine and has written for the magazine frequently since its first issue in 1990. A noted music journalist, he has also contributed to Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, and served as technical editor and contributor on countless books. Jisi lives in Queens, NY and is an active musician in the New York music community.

MSRP $19.95.

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