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Middle Finger too Long

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by topaxi, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. redwingxix

    redwingxix Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2015
    Wow. I guess I never really looked at my fingers too carefully before, but my index is close to an inch shorter than my middle and my pinky is almost two inches shorter than the middle. I do often alternate index and ring finger picking for faster stuff, but I guess I always thought I was doing that to give my middle finger a rest. If I was playing trickier stuff regularly I could see that being a problem.

    Best advice I can give is to look at your fingers when they are curled up with the nailsp pointing toward you. Then they are all the same length. \m/
  2. Bassique


    Feb 25, 2015
    Yea I think that's a common "problem", my middle finger is quite bit longer than my index finger too. So I notice I use my index more often than my middle finger. But with enough practise you should be able to get them pretty balanced, in terms of playability and tone.
  3. OogieWaWa


    Mar 17, 2013
    Oak Harbor, OH
    Sure makes doing double stops and 1-5-8 plucking/chords easy, I do that a lot, too. So it's an advantage!
    3 piece band, everything helps.
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  4. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
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  5. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Finger drumming on a flat surface when you're otherwise unoccupied will perhaps annoy your friends, but it will get your left hand trained into the proper arch.
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  6. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015

    Possibly you have "exercised" your middle finger over the years with Olympic quality extensions.

    Really........thinking of surgery?
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  7. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Unless you're an aye-aye, you'll be fine :)
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  8. RichardW


    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    Isn't this is normal for virtually every person on the planet?
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  9. BigBear77

    BigBear77 Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2017
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  10. Paul M

    Paul M

    Jul 21, 2005
    I have long middle finger. And the same situation arose when I tried to learn Donna Lee. Without even being aware of it, I gradually switched to using my index and ring finger. This might be considered bad form but it works for me. I can pluck faster, stronger and, more accurately.
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  11. See if you can get a job trimming sheet metal at the place where Toni Iommi worked.
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  12. aprod


    Mar 11, 2008
    Everyone’s middle finger is the longest, basic anatomy.
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  13. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    Stay away from my girlfriend.
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  14. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Long middle fingers are very useful for controlling traffic.
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  15. My apologies if this is a serious post...BUT.. BUAHAHAHAHA OMG... ok deep breath... ahhhh....BUAHAHAHAHA
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  16. BUAHAHAHA, This is the funniest posts I've seen in a long time. Y'all got me gut bustin ova here.
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  17. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    So obviously you need to lop off the end of your index finger to make them the same length, right?

    [Hope you don't mind a little gallows humor....]
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  18. NeckPickup

    NeckPickup Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    I nearly started a thread with the same question a while back, as I wanted to increase the fluidity of my plucking hand, given a short index finger. My solution: just keep practicing and practicing, with the goal of always alternating fingers and being able to start a run with either finger. I found that my brain and body naturally compensated without consciously making any adjustments and my playing got faster and more balanced in attack. My point is that by focusing on the goal and not on forcing a specific positional adjustment, my body and brain found the best technique and “path of least resistance”. I can’t tell you specifically what changed in my technique, if anything, just that I play better now.
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  19. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Press your middle and index fingertips to the desk in front of you. Adjust your wrist position to where the two fingers are near equally bent with equal pressure on the desk. Try attacking your strings with your wrist and fingers from this 'posture'. Raise/lower your elbow to make the angle of your wrist as effortless as possible
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  20. topaxi


    Sep 29, 2018
    Thanks for everyone's replies! I know it's a weird thread and I appreciate everyone taking the time to comment :D

    Thanks for the video! That's actually really helpful. Plus the guy has a great accent.

    The index/ring thing I might try as a last resort if I'm still not getting this in a few months. I've already put in a lot of work training my index and middle finger, they're calloused up, and know most of what I want them to do. But it's handy to have this as an option! I didn't think about doing this.

    Yeah, I've been alternating seeing how I feel with curving the fingers vs angling them Clark style. I had been doing the angle thing subconsciously before now, but it wasn't feeling super ergonomic on the more technical stuff. I didn't realise Clark did that! It's good to know a killer player can use this technique.

    Nothing wrong with a bit of backyard finger surgery.

    :O That story freaked me out! I never realised

    Haha not so much of a "what can I do about this" type thread, but more of a "can anyone relate" type thread. It just feels super weird when I try to play now, and I wanted to know if this was a normal part of bass-learning :p

    Haha practice is always the key! Yeah, I'll keep at it. Thanks!
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