1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  


Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by Weirdo YYY, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Weirdo YYY

    Weirdo YYY

    Feb 21, 2008
    Well I stumbled upon this site awhile ago and finally got an account.

    I have played bass for close to 2 years now so I'm no veteran. I got some technique issues I think that I will need solved. (Playing notes with that small finger and slappin)

    I think I will enjoy this place.
  2. Cy_Miles


    Feb 3, 2005
    hey ya weirdo,

    I'm pretty new around here as well,

    I can't help with the slapping but I can give some advice about the pinky finger...

    first, it helps regardless of what style you are playing to find a classical guitar or bass teacher to show you some tips and excersises in a "Classical" position...

    I never worry about position while I play, but having a good sense of a "classical position" does several good things for your playing,

    one thing you want to do, which is tough, is stop holding your fret hand elbow in the side of your rib cage like most beginners do.

    get your elbow out awar from your body and it changes the angle of your fingers against the frets, lining them up with the frets instead of being at a 45 degree angle...

    and the biggest single thing I do to help out my little finger is I position my fretting hand as if my pinky is the Number One finger.

    Even if I do not use the pinky in that lick, I still position my hand like the pinky is the first and main finger.

    Here is the reason: If I position my hand to the index finger, and I want to use my pinky, it has to make a huge "leap" to get to it's fret.

    But if I position my hand with my pinky at the 4th fret of a pattern, the index and middle fingers can still easily play the 1st and 2nd fret of the pattern.

    I can even reach back down another fret or two, much easier and quicker with my big fingers then I can stretch up with the small finger.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.