Since I briefly dropped out a couple weeks ago, I decided to roll back a bit, and I’m now redoing lessons using the fretless… and also practicing Billie on the fretless. I find that, if I can do a workout on the fretless, doing the same workout on the fretted bass suddenly seems a lot easier. Auntie Billie is a nice example: if you can get your pinky close enough to the fret, that’s “close enough”, but on the fretless, “close enough” doesn’t cut it.
Of course, most of the music Josh has us play sounds very weird when played on a fretless (I’m still waiting for the lesson where he teaches us to play So What), but it’s the practice that counts for me.
To those of you who have access to a fretless bass: are any of you actually taking lessons and playing workouts using your fretless bass?