Originally Posted by phangtonpower
I still mainly use 1 2 and 4, but I've also done so higher up on the fretboard. It works fine, but just feels a little cramped.
Great stuff, but this is a point in fact. If you do not develop the use of all fingers you can never really tell how it will benefit your playing and also the health of your hand.
There are plenty of people out there with opinions on how using 1-2-3-4 is bad for you......because it was bad for them, but that is because they never learned to use the technique correct in the first place.
Use of 1-2-3-4 is about when to use it as much as how to use it......saying "don't" is .......well frankly stupid.
I, and many others, have used 1-2-3-4 all out playing lives and not had any problems relating to its use, because we learned how how and when to use it, as well as when not to. The more you use it the stronger it becomes, but that use has to be a practical use.
Think on this, the longer I run the stronger I get. The longer I lift weights the stronger I become? The longer I play the stronger I become?
Well yes, so long as the conditions and practicality of use are in place...running for longer will make you tired, so in effect weaker, as will lifting weights for longer, and playing bass for longer.......periods of time. So 1-2-3-4 use is incorporated into our playing, it is not a techniques we have to strictly adhere to.
The conditions of its use are simple, it is minimal wrist angle, correct flex in the all fingers, and the least amount of strain to the hand.
Of you look at the exercise and warm up video you will see that there is an exercise to help develop these points.
From 2.10 onwards it is about addressing these issues, the finger spread and hand joint roll exercises "remind" us of those range of motions and help us to tone and define them.
So if you have to spread your fingers they are in a better condition to do the task, so you as a player get the benefit of the added dexterity in your playing when needed.
You can do the exercises and never have to use 1-2-3-4, so you get the benefit of the use but without the added strain of application.
Some of the exercises I use and teach can do physically in less than ten minutes what two hours of constant playing can do.....but the advantage is wear and tear is kept to a minimum not a maximum......like I said doing things for longer does not always make us stronger, it can tire and weaken us, making damage and injury more likely rather than un-likely.
Any questions on any of the pints I have raised post them here and if I can I will answer them...or PM me if you want a personal reply.