May 26, 2018

Fretless Surfing

Some months back, San Diego's Jim Cahill brought up an interesting way to describe matting...he characterized it as "fretless surfing."

Not being a stand up bass player, or a violinist, I can only surmise what the freedom tinged with challenge playing a fretless string instrument would be like. And yet, I instantly related to mat surfing in those terms.

The most obvious analogy to a fretless instrument would be a "finless" surfcraft, which of course would include matting. But there's something deeper to this idea as it pertains to mats, which I can't really put my finger on.

Additionally, mat surfing is devoid of the ''fret'' associated with conventional surfing, in terms of competing for "good" waves in a crowd. So it works on that level to.

I wish I had more to say, but I don't. Please share your thoughts in the comment section, and maybe we can round out this concept.

1 comment:

misterdirk said...

I can relate to that. Even though there are no frets, and the tones are made on a sort of sliding continuum, there are natural nodes of harmony in the medium, special points where you're in trim and attuned.