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Which of Your Hands is Better Than the Other?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Icculus, Dec 4, 2013.


  1. Icculus

    Icculus

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    My left hand is always way ahead of my right hand in terms of technique. Maybe it's from switching between 4/5 string basses, or playing guitar, or using a pick sometimes, but my right hand often limits what I can get out of my playing.

    Just curious if this is the case with most players.
     
  2. Milk

    Milk

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    My right, i always hurt in the wrist when i do it with my le.....oh...you mean for playing? oops sorry.

    Well yeah at this point my handicap in becoming a more technically proeficient player (which i dont really care to be) is in the picking hand. the fretting hand (in my case the left) is fast and, generally, precise enough.
     
  3. HolmeBass

    HolmeBass Supporting Member

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    Same here, right hand holding me back. Slap technique needs lots of work, pick technique is virtually non-existent.

    I think the right hand - meaning plucking hand - is the more technically demanding in general for bassists.
     
  4. DannyBob

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    My right hand is much better than my left. I can easily play every rhythm and technique the there really is for it, but my left hand always seems to cramp up after playing lots of octave slap lines. Weird because I'm left handed as well
     
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  6. Lownote38

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    I try to keep my hands equal.
     
  7. quiltkitty

    quiltkitty Supporting Member

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    My right hand lags behind my left. I can hit the fret but sometimes right is barely connects before the left is on to the next.
     
  8. Slade N

    Slade N sunn #91 AZ Bands #? Supporting Member

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    you might wanna rethink your title
     
  9. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

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    Haha. :D
     
  10. Icculus

    Icculus

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    I'm intentionally perverted and cryptic :eyebrow:
     
  11. eamonn5219

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    I played cello for seven years, so my left hand is waaaaay better.
     
  12. frankieC

    frankieC A swell guy from Warren Harding High

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    Me too, but sometimes my hands aren't on the same page as my head.

    When I play with a pick, my left hand is faster than my right. When I play using my fingers (I use 4 fingers, including my thumb, spider style), my right hand is faster than my left. lol
     
  13. Marial

    Marial Three Weeks of Freedom Start Right NOW Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine are equally mediocre. :atoz:
     
  14. Rune Bivrin

    Rune Bivrin Supporting Member

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    Well, my left hand is far ahead of my right for fretting, but the right hand out-plucks the left any day. So I guess they're both "better"?
     
  15. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

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    My right has always been better than my left. I just don't have the technical dexterity for fretboard acrobatics.
    When I first started years ago as a metal guitarist....my right hand was super fast and precise, where my left faltered. That's why I ended up being a rhythm player.....leads elude me.
    It carried right on over to bass.....
     
  16. Reddog01

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    I'm an old guitar player, and I have found that the left is much better than the right hand. The carry-over from playing the guitar is very helpful while playing on the frets, but I'm working on the floating thumb technique in the right hand, and I find myself (in the heat of battle) picking with only one finger. I work on it almost every day, but it is coming very slowly for me. I know that it is important to get the finger picking right, so I'll just continue to do the work.
     

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