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Finger Independence.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by reel big bassist, May 30, 2001.


  1. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Maryland
    Hey wasup,
    Hello everyone I have a really big concern.
    I was practicing finger independence on Sunday and Monday,
    and I'm worried that I'm hurting myself, let me tell you how I
    practice it.

    I sit in my chair, and lay my arms on the desk, palms
    facing down. Then with my right hand, I try to lift each one
    of my fingers independently. First I do my index, I raise it slowly
    brining it up as high as I can, then I hold it for 5 seconds and
    let it down. I do this about 7 times. After that, I take my
    index and try to move it to the left as far as I can without my
    other fingers moving. I hold it their for 5 seconds and release it back
    to its original position. I do this about 6
    times. I repeat this procedure except this time I move my index as
    far to the right as I can.
    I then do this exercise with all of my fingers on my right hand.

    I did this exercise on Sunday until I was satisified, and it turns out I
    had been doin it for an hour and 30 minutes!!! I felt the muscle on
    the underside of my right forearm, and it was really tense. It took my
    muscle like 5 hours to get back to normal. I did feel a better sense of
    control over my fingers though.

    On Monday, I did the same exercise expect this time, I did it for 45 minutes.
    3 hours after that I went to the mall to go shopping for shoes. The
    underside of my forearm was still tense, but the place where your
    hand ends and your forearm begins hurt a little. It's that place where you
    can bend your hand. It hurt man, it really did. I was afraid I'd get carpel
    tunnel syndrome, so I stopped, and decided to ask you guys what you think.
    I mean I know when my body says "stop it!"
    What do you guys think?

    Sincerely,
    -Greg P "reel big bassist"

    P.S. do you know of any other exercises I can do to gain better
    finger control?

    I really apprecite this you guys, thanks.
     
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    rbb, your exercise is ok, but i'd recommend no more than 10 min at a time/day.
     
  4. There's lots of finger exercises @:-
    www.acitvebass.com

    For private practice @ home, I tend to practice little else than finger exercises. But I do it on the bass, standing up, on the grounds that that's how it's going to be done in 'real-life', so to speak. That's not to take issue with Cliff Suttle's superb article. No certainly not. It's just my way of interpreting him.

    I only spend 30 to 45 minutes total per day, 2 or 3 days per week cos that's all the time I've got.

    You're clearly overdoing it. Little and often is the only certain way of steady improvement without injury. I'd give it a week without any more exercising, then try again @ (say) 10 mins per session. Then work it up gradually (say + 30 Sec /day).

    How's that sound?

    Rockin John