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Fretting fingers

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by Hazyprawn123, May 19, 2017.

  1. Hazyprawn123


    May 19, 2017
    Hi I'm new to this forum. I'm trying to learn bass guitar but I have have 1 finger amputated on my fretting hand. It's the ring finger so finger 3. Is there any advice on technique to fret with only 3 fingers? I assume I would just need to shift more. Thanks
  2. you may get more responses in a different forum on here.

    anyway check out upright bass technique. they only use 124 fingers in the first few positions.
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  3. Hazyprawn123


    May 19, 2017
    Thanks I'll check that out. It's not a major issue as I just shift more just thought I would seek a bit of advice.
  4. I usually use 124 fingerings myself when I play electric. It's pretty common actually :)
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  5. You may want to ask here as well. Technique [BG]
    You'll get more responses.
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  6. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    You may find this video inspiring. One of the best guitarists of all time only had two working fingers on his left hand:

    And then of course there is this guy. ;)

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  7. JasonFil


    Dec 15, 2014
    Actually, I think you'll be just fine with 1-2-4. That is, index, middle finger, pinky. That's a very common technique, and there are some arguments for using it instead of 1 finger per fret:


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