Steve Bailey Fretless Bass Lesson Part 3
Hello friends of “the Hub”!
We’re back today with the third installment of Steve Bailey’s fretless bass lesson series. This piece is a bit less impactful as some of those to come, but it does do a good job of running over a couple of useful concepts. Check out the cliff’s notes of what he discusses below.
- Quick Jam: The video starts off with the conclusion of the jam at the end of the previous segment.
- Intonation: Steve stresses the importance of intonation when playing the fretless bass. He jams a little on a sweet looking acoustic fretless bass at the beginning of this section.
- Unit Three: Fourths – Fifths: Explanation of what fourths are and the two ways to finger it. Depending on how it is played, he makes a good point that you have to use your ear a lot in keeping in tone. Steve shows off different ways of actually fingering the notes and making transitions with multiple riffs.
- Just a comment: Dude throws in artificial harmonics like it’s no big deal. His technique is crazy!
- Sheet Music Placement: He states a case for why it’s better placed on your left side (for right handed players).
- Exercise: Steve illustrates how to use a mix of fourths, fifths, and octaves in a jam session with the drummer
- New Instrument: Bailey then switches to his blue 6-string fretless, showing off an additional exercise for mixing up octaves, fifths, and fourths with a D-string droning underneath. I’ve personally used a similar technique and it sounds outstanding live.
- Unit Four: Thirds and Tenths: Steve quickly explains what these are. He goes off on a tangent about running over his own bass around the 8 minute mark, so you may want to skip ahead to the real stuff around the 9 minute mark.
- Unit Four: Exercise: Steve then exhibits how to mix in thirds and tenths in the start of the Unit Four exercise.