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John Myung´s technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Erlendur Már, Aug 12, 2000.

  1. Erlendur Már

    Erlendur Már

    May 24, 2000
    I recently bought the Myung bass video, and he showed his right hand technique....he played with inex and middle, index, middle and ring, and with index and ring..(?) I was wondering if anyone knows WHY he play with index and ring..
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Why NOT? Whatever is comfortable...
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  3. he probably does it because he likes to play like that... :rolleyes: hehe... I don´t think many people can answer to that...

    sorry elli... svona er það nú..
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    maybe because the index and ring fingers are both about the same length, so maybe he feels that he can get a more even attack out of that, or maybe better timing. i don't know definitively, though.

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    Mar 16, 2018
    I play like this sometimes. Just feels natural and comfortable and sometimes makes transitioning to 3 finger technique in a song easier.
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  6. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    This thread is 18 years old.
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    Mar 16, 2018
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  8. hintz


    Jun 5, 2014
    wahiawa, HI(Oahu)
    same here, Bryan Beller does this as well.

    After playing with 3 fingers for 20 years your ring finger will get fast and often take the place normally reserved for the middle.

    Lately I've had to revisit "traditional" 2 finger technique so it's not so alien to me and I've relied on 3 too much(which can limit you on string skipping)
  9. Seanto


    Dec 29, 2005
    It's an instructional video...he is just showing finger independence in his 3 finger plucking technique most likely. And sectioning off just using the middle and ring/index and ring might be a good exercise to accomplish it.
  10. GastonD


    Nov 18, 2013
    Belgrade, Serbia
    I play almost exclusively with index and ring, and the even length is a major factor. It does give more even attack, but also makes for string crossing and skipping more comfortable, as it is equally easy to start and end the phrase on either finger. With traditional index/middle, I always struggled when the middle finger is on the lower string and index on the higher, especially since the angle of the forearm in relation to the body of the bass guitar is not so conducive to index/middle use as it is the case with upright.

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