#1
Harmonics, easier on a fretless or fretted bass?

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I would imagine on a fretted. Depends on how good you.are on a fretless. Also with a pick
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I would imagine on a fretted. Depends on how good you.are on a fretless. Also with a pick


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OT: they're not easier on either, though harmonic sliding is hard if not impossible on a fretted.
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I would hazard to say fretted, only because the frets are a point of reference for finding where to play the harmonic.
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yeah harmonics don't need to be fretted so its the same on either bass.

is it still called fretting if your on a fretless instrument?
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is it still called fretting if your on a fretless instrument?


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OT: they're not easier on either, though harmonic sliding is hard if not impossible on a fretted.


It's possible on a fretted?!?!?! I must look into this!!!!
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It's possible on a fretted?!?!?! I must look into this!!!!


You need to be spot on with the technuque on a fretted. Try doing double stop ones as well- I find the easiest and best sounding is the G string 4th fret harmonic and the 5th fret D string harmonic, up to 7th/9th respectively.
#9
...But harmonics are not in any way affiliated with the frets.
I can hit a harmonic on a rubber band stretched across two armrests.

It makes absolutely no difference if it's fretted or not.

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the only thing that matters is skill. and if you actually like harmonics lol...
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the only thing that matters is skill. and if you actually like harmonics lol...


Why wouldn't you?

Access to notes you'd otherwise have to move your whole arm 2 feet away and back to play. Or notes that are higher than your fretboard allows for.

Sounds good to me.
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I can pull off sliding harmonics fine on both a fretted and fretless bass, as well as on a guitar. It comes down to practice, alot. Proper technique, good eq-ing. I also find putting on very slight overdrive (mostly for tonal purposes) helps to bring it out. Bridge pickup on a jazz bass or stingray.
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