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Name Some Of Your Playing Habits You've Unconsiously Developed

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Bryan R. Tyler, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I've been watching some of the videos I've made of myself over the past few years and discovered some habits/tendancies, most of which I wasn't really aware of.

    1. I almost always take my thumb off of the back of my neck when playing above the 12th fret. When my hand is stationary up there it stays on, but as soon as I start putting pressure down with one of my fingers, it pops off. Never caused me any problems as far as I know, but it is a bit odd.
    2. I slide my hand down the neck after playing a fill or phrase that's outside of a standard bassline about 50% of the time. I have no idea why. I remember when I first started playing, I would watch bassists do the same thing and wonder why they were doing it.
    3. I very frequently play only seven out of eight beats. I'll play something and leave space on the eighth beat, or a little less frequently, I'll not play anything on the 1.
    4. I breathe really heavily. I used to unwittingly hold my breath, so at least this is a much better habit than that as that restricts blood flow, but it's still weird to watch yourself and hear yourself breathing like a crazy man.

    How about telling us about any habits or oddities that you might have developed but didn't notice for some time?
  2. I play with my mouth most of the time. It sometimes leads to drooling if I'm focusing a bit too hard, I kind of make a silent "Oh" mouth expression...thing. I think JPJ did the same thing though.
  3. Playing with your mouth is tough. I saw a video of Hendrix do it once.:D :bag:
    I always tap my right foot to the quarter notes. I know that I do this to keep time but sometimes it annoys me because I feel that if I walk around the stage I will lose the groove........or trip.:)
  4. BillytheBassist


    Aug 18, 2005
    I press my lips together.
  5. I unintentionally make funny faces some times.
  6. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    I suck, it's a terrible habit.

    :rolleyes: :)
  7. i can relate to these. :)

    also when im concentrating hard my tongue sticks out abit.

    its a bad habit but i dont use my little finger as much as i should, the whole finger per fret thing goes out the window.
  8. When I'm really digging in, sometimes my plucking fingers make an unconcious, percussive "pop" on the string after I have plucked a note - very bad habit and one I am trying hard to eliminate.
  9. hey i sometimes do that too. lately i noticed i stopped pluckin with my midde finger at times.
  10. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    I hook my thumb over the top of the fingerboard.
    I barely use my ring finger and use my pinky instead.
    I also do the slide down the neck after a fill
    I tend to slide up to frets out of the position that I could of played a string higher instead.
    I almost never use open strings.
  11. amistybleu


    Jan 15, 2006
    Thornton, CO
    everything I do unconsciously turns out to be a bad habit, from finger discipline to funny faces so I always try and remain conscious while playing the Bass:p
  12. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    When I have a rest for like a few beats, I will slide my hand up the neck (towards the pups) and then slide my hand back into position to play again. Sometimes I will do so with a tiny rest, so there's not even a point in doing it, it just looks cool. I also look funny when I'm soloing, my face as well as my body.
  13. My left pinky and ring finger work together. I am getting better at not doing that though. Sometimes anyways

    It all started when I broke my finger a few years ago and I had them taped together.

    Oh and I also use my pinky sometimes for some chords where I should be using my ring finger

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