Rubber Duck

why would a conservatory trained jazz guitarist…

…lose his frets?

The fretless guitar was not a subject at my conservatory. It started as an experiment in the first year after my final exam (2005). Somewhere around my 25th birthday I picked up my pimped Hohner G3T Licensed by Steinberger Headless Fretless at my customizer.

In August 2006 ‘Fret de la Tourette’ performed at the Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival in the Hague. Embraced with the energy of bashing drums and stomping bass lines, ‘Rubber Duck’ floated on the waves of the fretless sea.

This tune was my compositional contribution to CNQ‘s album ‘Making Choices’. In this period my first electric guitar, a Maya Strat copy, brutally lost her frets. Since that moment, she has never seen a stage, recording session or rehearsal room; a ‘personal affair’ we might say…

In this piece, a melody consisting of sixteen dotted quarter notes beat against a six bar bebop comping pattern (seeĀ leadsheet). Soloing in 4 builds up from muted trumpet through aggressive alto saxophone into destructive guitar. Picture me having a fight with my Rubber Duck in a bathtub…