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Fingers getting caught up on strings

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by EricMordus, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    Anyone have this happen?
    Your'e plucking away and one of your fingers gets stuck on a string mid pluck throwing you off?

    How do you prevent this? seems to happen far too often
  2. You might want to post this in the "Technique" section.

    I don't think what you're experiencing is a string issue as such.
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  3. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
  4. ba55i5t


    May 24, 2006
    Try for a lighter touch and consider using the floating thumb method.
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  5. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    No. Just how hard are you plucking and what is your plucking motion?

    - John
  6. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    Admittedly I do pluck with a heavy finger, I need to work on that.

    As far as I know its a rather normal motion
  7. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I think what @JKos means by plucking motion is that you don't want to press the string down, towards the body of the bass, but rather pull it (gently) toward the next string in a motion that's parallel to the bass body. You really only need your "plucking" finger to brush across the top of the string. If you do this you'll be able to play faster and more cleanly, and your fingers will never get stuck between strings.
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  8. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    I do think I naturally use that technique, the problem I'm having is my fingertip literally getting "stuck" on the string mid pluck
  9. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    LOL, I understand what your'e saying, I am actually (for the first time in around 30 years of playing) starting proper bass lessons & I'm sure my technique is crap, makeshift as it is. I'm 100% self taught, which isn't the best thing apparently, LOL
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  10. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    What type of strings are you using?

    - John
  11. EricMordus


    Aug 29, 2013
    DR Fat Beams
  12. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Could be a setup issue too. Are your strings properly radiused to match the radius of your fretboard?
  13. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    nose grease
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  14. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Practice, but a good setup can also help.
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  15. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    practice - and perhaps don't dig so far in between your strings when you play them.
  16. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    Only when Im really digging ig does this happen
  17. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    I don't pluck gently unless I want a soft tone, which I'm not really generally into. I do sometimes put lip balm on my fingertips before playing so I don't grind off my callouses. If I don't and my hands are dry sometimes my fingers get caught at the edge of the callous. I try to use the tip of my finger even if I'm playing aggressively.
  18. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    If it hurts when you hammer your hand, don't hammer your hand.
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  19. donotfret


    Jun 11, 2018
    Where are you plucking? In my experience there is a big difference between close to the bridge and up the neck. I move between these extremes to get different sounds, but I've found that every position takes a certain amount of ongoing practice. Close to the bridge it can be almost painful, so it's about building up and maintaining the chops, whereas higher up things are a bit on the floppy end and it takes some exercise to achieve precision. For both I can imagine getting stuck in fast passages if I haven't done it in a while.

    Another thing worth looking into is your action. Maybe there is room for improvement there.
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  20. the slug

    the slug man, why the long face Supporting Member

    May 21, 2014
    I use fatbeams on a couple of my basses. I have found that occasionally a set will be a little more bite than others. sometimes almost sticky. a good cleaning usually takes care of it. a little nose or forehead oil helps too.

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