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Moveable anchor and octaves

Discussion in 'Ask Adam Nitti' started by Tupac, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    When using the moveable anchor, I find that octaves it a little tricky. In disco basslines I understand that it's necessary to break the rules of course by anchoring on only one strings, but I find that it makes for some wonky angles. I tend to pivot on the anchored thumb, resulting in a kind of an odd looking sideways or diagonal pivoting of my wrist on my thumb. If I move my wrist directly up to reach the octave, the back of my thumb will come off the B string. What's the best technique for reaching up there?
  2. adamnitti


    Nov 29, 2001
    great question. it's a bit hard for me to specifically comment without seeing your hands, but for applications like you have described, it's better to leave the thumb in a static position for both octaves. for me personally, i only move the thumb/anchor if i'm having to reach beyond a 2 adjacent string-width. that way my hand position still stays relatively consistent and i'm only having to momentarily 'reach' to grab the octave or higher notes. in instances like you have described, it's best to look at your hands and analyze what is the most efficient solution. the basic movable anchor method is a great foundational approach; however it has to be tweaked to accommodate particular playing scenarios. as long as you are efficiently muting and managing reasonable (and relaxed) hand positions, you are on the right track. hope that helps!

    adam nitti
  3. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Thanks again!

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