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Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mrreason, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. mrreason


    Oct 14, 2013
    Lancaster, CA
    What happens if you can reach 3rd fret with third finger in124? Should you not use it or is it a helper for the pinky(4), also what's if trying the 1234,next string ,1234 next string, etc. what do you use for 4th note?

    Told you I had questions.
  2. Jeez, I thought you were talking about a drummer I worked with a while ago... I was going to give you my condolences on your misfortune..
  3. I'm a 1, 2, 4 guy for what ever that is worth. My ring finger normally does not get into the mix.

    Try and learn it so every finger is responsible for its fret. Most of our patterns are four fret patterns and we just happened to have four fingers, so it makes since to use one finger for each fret.

    This is one of those don't do as I do things.
  4. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    The basic golden rule of thumb (pardon the pun :D) is if it causes no strain, pain or discomfort then it should be OK to use OFPF. On the other hand (again pardon the pun) sometimes playing a certain way may not cause any problems now, but with prolonged use, it could be a problem further down the road. Personally, I'd prefer to err on the side of caution and use 1,2,4 on frets 1-5.

    Here is a clip that is worth checking out.

  5. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    I use 124 especially on repetitive licks, less of a stretch.
    Strengthens the pinkie. On 4 frets I use 1-4 fingers.
  6. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    It means that it's time for you to change your status:
    from the "absolute beginner bass guitar player" to just the beginner bass player.(Just kidding).
    What to do?
    Just play it.

    P.S. And start a new thread called, 1234 instead of 124.
  7. I learned with 1234 from the beginning. It's a bit of a stretch in first position, but I have fairly big hands.
  8. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I've been following my own advice while exercising:
    No pain (not too much/not too long), no gain.

    I've checked your video link.
    I've been playing scales/modes in the key of C major using different fingering:

    (If you are not sure, don't try it at home - it could "damage"(?) your left hand.)

    C-D-E = 8-10-12 frets on E string (1 2 4 - left hand fingers)
    F-G-A = 8-10-12 frets on A string (1 2 4 )
    B-C-D = 9-10-12 frets on D string (1 2 4 )
    E-F-G = 9-10-12 frets on G string (1 2 4 )
    A-B-C = 5-7-8 frets on E string (1 3 4 )
    D-E-F = 5-7-8 frets on A string (1 3 4 )
    G-A-H = 5-7-9 frets on D string (1 2 4 )
    C-D-E = 5-7-9 frets on G string (1 2 4 )

    G-A-B = 3-5-7 frets on E string (1 2 4 )
    C-D-E = 3-5-7 frets on A string (1 2 4 )
    F-G-A = 3-5-7 on D string (1 2 4 )
    B-C-D = 4-5-7 on G string (1 2 4 )

    F-G-A = 1-3-5 ( 1 2 4 )
    B-C-D = 2-3-5 (1 2 4 )
    E-F-G = 2-3-5 (1 2 4 )
    A-B-C = 2-4-5 (1 3 4)
    And so on, up and down the fretboard.

    As you know all 4 open strings - E A D G - are natural notes : C-D-E-F-G-A-B

    My motto is "Befriend your open strings".

    Variation No1:
    Play E (open E string) and hammer-on C-D-E on E string (use the same fingering from the above exercise),
    Play A (open A string) and hammer-on F-G-A on A string,
    Play D (open D string) and hammer-on B-C-D on D string,
    Play G (open G string) and hammer-on E-F-G on G string.

    Repeat the same ex. by playing "revised" Aeolian:
    Play E (open E string) and hammer-on A-B-C on E string,
    Play A (open A string) and hammer-on D-E-F on A string,
    Up and down the fretboard playing "revised" modes in the key of C major.

    My fingers allow me to play the following exercises (just for the sake of exercises):

    E = 7 fret on A string (1st finger) = with my right-hand thumb;
    A = 7 fret on D string (1st finger) = with my index finger;
    B = 9 fret on D string (2nd finger)= with my middle finger;
    C = 10 fret on D string (3rd finger) = with my ring finger;
    G = 12 fret on G string (4th finger) = with my pinky;

    P.S. Sorry for such a blurred picture. One day I will learn how to post better pictures.
  9. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    It don't matter. Play what feels good.
  10. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    1,2,3,4 is the way I was taught. A finger for each fret. My hands aren't any bigger than average, but with practice and correct technique, there's no reason to not take advantage of having 4 fingers.
  11. nolezmaj


    Sep 22, 2011
    It takes some time to build strenght, but is very rewarding later - allows less movement of palm and less wasted energy, so your fingers get better stamina for long tiring repetitions and move faster and smoother.

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