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First five frets

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bass, Mar 30, 2021.

  1. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    Does anyone use double bass fingering for the first five frets, and one finger per fret above the 5th fret?
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  2. Malcolm1935


    Feb 5, 2021
    I'm electric bass and one finger per fret is what I have used. I do let the fingers decide who gets what and am not bound to OFPF, however, OFPF is my go to pattern.
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  3. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    It’s not unusual for some bass players to alternate between Simandl and OFF guitar fingering. There’s no right or wrong. Just what works best for a given player. If you learn both fingering techniques you’ll find that your hand will switch back and forth automatically when and if needed.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2021
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  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes...1-2-3&4 w/ break-outs to 1-2-3-4 as required...that's the beauty of Simandl. As I approach the 7th and beyond, the mix leans more heavily towards 1-2-3-4. This is with a 34" scale.

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  5. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I've never known any bassist (at least none who'd been playing for longer than a few months) who was dogmatically rigid in what fingering they use where. Nobody says "I use Simandl for everything below fret #N 100% of the time!" and dies on that sword. You choose a method that works most of the time, but learn to recognize where another method might be advantageous based on the context/situation.
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  6. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    You should be able to use both techniques where applicable. Mostly I prefer the simplicity of Simandl. Just works better for me.

    The one bad habit is to stretch to reach a note. Whichever technique you use, never stretch. Always move your hand to place your fingers over the notes you want to play. Watch top players and the chances are most of their playing is over a 2 fret section of the board. When they need to play outside that 2 fret section they'll move their hands.
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  7. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    Thanks everyone. I was taught to play one finger per fret. But with tendinitis I'm finding 1-2-4 more comfortable in the lower frets.
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  8. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I never learned Simandl.
    I don't play Double bass.

    I play electric bass.
    OFPF for almost everything.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2021
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