finger excercises

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by wes c, Jul 19, 2001.

  1. wes c

    wes c

    Jul 19, 2001
    what are some good finger excercises to improve my coordination and speed? also, would you reccomend playing in 1st and second position or just playing the 4th and 5th frets with my 4th finger.

  2. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    The key to good co-ordination is playing whatever you play slow enough to be able to play it, and then getting comfortable with it there, then taking the speed up, in tiny increments, making sure that you're comfortable at each tempo before moving on. Finger exercises are only as valuable as the amount they appear in your playing - ie, not very much with most finger exercises. Practice 'music' at slow speeds, work on pieces, theory ideas, get sheet music - finger exercises just teach you to play strange patterns repeatedly. If you're in Primus, great, if not, don't bother... :oops:)

    As for your question about playing in position, I'm not absolutely sure I understand it... can you clarify it a little?

    good luck, and have fun!