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Post Re: Half Fretless_how difficult.?
Nice to be in touch with the NS chaps.

I'm thinking either Interior 8 string Classic or Interior Dual Bass Reciprocal. Do any of you feel that DBR has any limitation with NS on the melody side? I own a 10 XG Stick, Classic tuning, so I'll probably leave the spread out voicing stuff to that instrument.

Crazy days. Now where can I find that 2G..?

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I have a Godin fretless guitar - nylon strings - and it's ok on my side. I love it in fact... :lol:

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Post Re: Half Fretless_how difficult.?
Stickrad wrote:
about the degree of difficulty that a half fretless places on your technique
I've been playing a lot of fretless guitar and love that sound! For intonation you have to rely on hearing more than on visual neck positioning. A good thing with fretless is that in case one string is temporarily a bit sharp or low you can compensate by just rolling your finger tip a millimeter or two (until the show allows for reaching a tuning head to fix it). That kind of instant fix is almost impossible with a fretted instrument; if it is out of tune it mostly sounds out of tune.

Tapping on fretless is hard because you are never at the correct pitch at the very first attack, every note needs a short initial "intonation face-lift", so you really have to be careful when tapping fast melodies where the speed forces you to rely more on neck position than on hearing. A simple solutioin is to apply vibrato right from the start, that worked out very well for Mick Karn.

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Anyone play interior 8 string classic tuning?

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I say its almost impossible, using classical stick techniques in the left hand. But hey, thats a fun challenge and the tone is amazing with walking bass! Steve A needs to post more videos 8-)

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There's some fretless on my latest CD
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Steve, we need a full on video showcase bro! I know it is hard as hell to play but you have had it long enough ;) , ha just being pushy cause I know you rip on that thing. Cheers

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