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Left Hand Stretch

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by valoo, Sep 27, 2004.

  1. valoo


    Sep 27, 2004
    My question is similar to Leonin's. I have trouble getting my left-hand fingers to stretch so that each finger tip is just above each fret when I play standing up. When I try to play octaves on the first 7 frets, playing both notes simultaniously, I often have to bend my wrist at intensive, straining angles. When I don't do this, I get buzzes and a muddy sound, especially when playing slap.

    Any suggestions on how I can solve this? Would the exercises posted in "Left Hand Questions" work for my situation or could it be my technique?
  2. Theres a good book for lefthand stretching
    Its called BASS FITNESS by J Du Pres I think theres another thread on this subject somewhere just doing a few exercises in this book everyday should help strengthen your lefthand as for your slanting of the wrist maybe make adjustments to your strap hope this helps

  3. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    If I'm playing just octaves on the first five-or-so frets (well OK, probably seven frets) - as opposed to scales - I don't wear out my hand by going 'one-fret-per', like index-ring or middle-pinky. I go index-pinky.

    I suppose some here think that's a sin, though.

  4. MichaelScott


    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA
    Bass Fitness


    buy it. play with it. love it.

    Don't forget the metronome.
  5. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Also just play the chromatic scale up and down at the first fret.
  6. Joe P

    Joe P

    Jul 15, 2004
    Milwaukee, WI
    WITH the metronome.
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I do it.
  8. valoo


    Sep 27, 2004
    OK, cool. Thanks for the suggestions.
  9. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    Me 2. :)