In this fretless bass lesson, acclaimed bassist Ben Shepherd shows you a variety of techniques and tricks on the fretless bass. Ben breaks down topics like tone, intonation, vibrato, technique and musicality in this fretless bass masterclass. If you want to take your fretless bass playing to the next level, this masterclass is for you!
Topics Covered: Fretless bass, vibrato, sound, intonation, slides, harmonics, approach, touch, sounding like a sitar, using your ears, playing up high, knowing when to play fretless, practicing, playing on the lines, microtones, playing near the bridge, playing near the neck, etc.
Ben Shepherd is a professional freelance Upright/Electric Bassist from Wellington, New Zealand. He is off to study at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California along side legends such as Charlie Haden, Alphonso Johnson, Joe LaBarbera, Larry Koonse and many others.
He has worked along side top New Zealand Jazz musicians such as: Leigh Jackson, Kirsten McKenzie, Charmaine Ford, Roger Sellers, Lance Phillip, James Illingworth, Richard Wise, Nick Granville, Vaughn Roberts, James Wiley, Miles Crayford, Blair Latham, The Royal New Zealand Central Airforce Big Band, The New Zealand High Schools Jazz Orchestra and many more…..