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fret

1
the result of fretting; corrosion

fret

2
any of several small metal bars set across the fingerboard of a musical instrument of the lute, guitar, or viol family at various points along its length so as to produce the desired notes when the strings are stopped by the fingers

fret

An ornament usually in bands, but also covering broad surfaces, consisting of interlocking geometric motifs.
See also: Ornament

fret

1. An ornament, sometimes painted, incised, or raised and formed of short fillets, bands, or reglets variously combined, frequently consisting of continuous lines arranged in rectangular forms; a meander; a Greek key.
2. Similar ornamentation in which the fillets intersect at oblique angles, as often in Oriental designs.
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I realized that the bass sounds in the arrangements that I was creating in my head were fretless and upright bass lines.
29-year old DENNIS MARKS plays a variety of fretted and fretless instruments but sticks to his century-old Tyrolean bass on Images (Contemporary), his recording debut as jazz composer and quintet leader.
In addition to Dave's voice and acoustic guitar, the twelve songs (all written by Dave and arranged by the group) feature Nearing's intricate fretless bass work, Morin's solid and tasteful drumming, and Porter's numerous textural and vocal contributions.
He uses two guitars (including the bright red electric guitar his father bought for him when he was 11, after he promised to learn to play like Segovia) and six banjos--one made during the Civil War, a gourd banjo brought over on a slave ship, and a fretless banjo with a soft, old-timey sound.
Musicians collaborating on the "Gardens of Hope" CD include: Will Ackerman on acoustic guitar and parlor guitar; Michael Manring on fretless bass; Jill Haley on English horn; Eugene Friesen on the cello; Steve Schuch on violin; T-Bone Wolk on fretted and upright bass; Dana Cunningham on piano; vocals by Noah Wilding; Derrick Jordan on percussion; Jeff Oster on flugel horn; and Jeff Pearce on ambient guitar.
What creates the unique sound of Sol Aurorae Ensemble is the combination of voice and percussion (Vassilis Filipou) with the Turkish ney (Meir Gassenbauer), the lyra (Christina Polycarpou) and the fretless guitar and saz (Juliano Abramovay).
In Jonny Greenwood's Water the composer played with the band on one of two tanpura, a fretless lute.
One third of Sixties legends Cream and most definitely one of the best bass players rock and roll has ever seen - no one can work a fretless four-string quite like him - Bruce isn't to be missed one this rare solo venture to the capital.
One is its pear-shaped body and the second is its fretless neck.
Thompson played the upright bass as well as a fretless bass guitar with such finesse that you didn't require the beat keeping function of a drummer.
Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain''s top attractions on the folk/acoustic/celtic circuit.
Cooper-Moore countered with some bluesy riffs on the three-string fretless banjo and even sang for a few moments before moving to the hall's grand piano for a high-energy solo that was mindful of the work of pianist and creative music mentor Cecil Taylor, Parker's former employer.