Tony Franklin – Fretless Bass

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What every rock bass player needs to get started quickly and become proficient on fretless bass. – Tony Franklin, who has played with The Firm, Blue Murder, and others, shows you how to play…

Reader Comments

That was an awesome video! And yes…the beginning had me grinning! So much
information on the fretless bass from who appears to be about the nicest,
down to earth bass player I’ve ever seen. I would love to take a live
lesson from Tony!

Written By Michael Sulkey on January 1st, 2014 @ 7:44 am

Is that Carmine Appice drumming for him?

Written By Greg James on January 1st, 2014 @ 8:05 am

Did you mean stoned?

Written By Mike Ambigious on January 1st, 2014 @ 8:58 am

Let’s see, in the ABOUT notes: “There is also a jam with Carmine Appice
and David Michael Phillips (King Kobra).” But we’ll give you time to sit
down and read the words very slowly…

Written By sdushdiu on January 1st, 2014 @ 9:44 am

What an irritating wanker!

Written By Vortigan07 on January 1st, 2014 @ 10:30 am

completely disagree no talent compared to Steve DiGiorgio

Written By Cruixifier666 on January 1st, 2014 @ 10:56 am

Drummer looks like he is actually live in that cave :D

Written By DreadedNik on January 1st, 2014 @ 11:01 am

@rocker007 You have no clue as to what you are talking about. Let’s see
what you have to offer.

Written By Mugwump Kwingwaage on January 1st, 2014 @ 11:22 am

I watched the whole thing … I can dig it Tony … this world needs more
Tonys … thanks brother :-)

Written By gilbo4000 on January 1st, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

Is this lost footage from “A Clockwork Orange”?

Written By eatshatndie on January 1st, 2014 @ 1:06 pm

I hope when Mike Portnoy and John Sykes pick a bassist its Tony
Franklin.Tony is one of the very best.

Written By Tom Nicholson on January 1st, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

i dont know why so many people hate on tony franklin or call him
annoying..? he’s so free and joyful with his expression of music and he is
very talented as a bass player…. hes also a cool guy.. i would rather be
learning from him than from some other old geezer with mountain of books

Written By Luis Lopez on January 1st, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

i thought nigel tuffnell played guitar not bass?

Written By stingraybass1 on January 1st, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

The ending song is a masterpiece.

Written By doudsbass on January 1st, 2014 @ 2:16 pm

Tony Franklin always remind me of that gay guy in that movie birdcage that
never wore shoes and when he had to wear shoes he kept falling down LOL!!!!!

Written By allanshawn on January 1st, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

ty so much, great lesson…cheers!

Written By Detoxx23 . on January 1st, 2014 @ 3:52 pm

a really great bass player, he really suited playing with blue murder, too
bad that lineup never recorded more albums together, a super great
musicians band

Written By vanhalen515084 on January 1st, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

I want to watch but this he’s so annoying. Just ffwd whenever he rambles.

Written By Charles Kang on January 1st, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

when you are ready…

Written By Fil Hasarliev on January 1st, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

what song he plays before he start speaking?

Written By WhatsHisFace on January 1st, 2014 @ 5:43 pm

Great advice. Nice guy. THank you so much

Written By Julio Enoc on January 1st, 2014 @ 6:37 pm


Written By Silvio Paredes on January 1st, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

I am a bit afraid of following him… OH,thank god,he got back!

Written By GabrielDhalaman on January 1st, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

@RaguelAngelofBalance Probably very unlikely (and finding a fretless would
be even harder!!). I was checking out the Jaydee website and apparently you
can order a bass directly from the company but you’ll have to wait over a
year to get it (because they’re handmade) and the lowest price for one is
about $1400!!

Written By Shawn Barnes on January 1st, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

Stop saying crap about the intro, and coment about the lessons and advice
Tony gives.

Written By Julio Enoc on January 1st, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

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