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finger position

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by superphat, Oct 2, 2001.


  1. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    hi michael and everyone...
    i'm grateful for the opportunity to ask a question here.
    so i need help with fingerings when doing scale patterns, i hope i can articulate this...

    i noticed that when i do a run that has the pinky on a note and then requires the next note to be exactly a fourth below (on the next lower string), my habit is to use the same pinky to slide over and kind of bar the neck. This is bad, right?
    because i noticed that it's cleaner to use the third (ring) finger even that means i have to stretch more than i'd like to....

    can someone school me on "proper" fingerings for doing scale runs and patterns?

    thanks very much in advance.

    -paul
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    I think you should be able to bar the pinky as you do as well as hitting the first note with the 3rd finger and the subsequent note, a fourth up, with the pinky. Much will depend, as well, on where you're going next.

    Ulimately it is important that you can reach each note efficeintly and with good tone and that you are "set up" for the next note(s)

    Mike