index finger on the 1

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Rygel45, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. Rygel45


    Dec 28, 2002
    I've noticed a habit in my playing that i usually if not always play the "1" of the measure with my index finger. I don't know if this means that all of my licks are subconciously centered around this habbit or not, but i feel that it might be limiting my bass lines/solos especially rythm wise. I play with two fingers (not counting thumb)i and m. Have any of you ever had this problem, and if so what did you do to solve it? thanks.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Everybody has a favorite finger, I also tend to start with the index.
    Practice with opposite fingering too, e.g. i m i m i m i m and then m i m i m i m i.
    Do this for everything you practice.
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    If I am starting from a rested position, yes I usually use the index. Once I'm in the midst of a line I don't pay attention to my right hand.

    I practiced strict alternation when I first started playing and now which finger gets used is completely subconcious...I have to LOOK at my right hand to see what I'm doing! This is a GOOD THING!!!

    I would say don't worry until you come across runs that are tough to play, then carefully analyze the fingering of BOTH your hands to make it more natural to play.