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Ok, its time to correct the problem

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JWC, Apr 6, 2001.

  1. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    I did go to the luthier today to get my action raised and some other stuff adjusted, including the intonation. I played for him, and he pointed out what I might have suspected was causing my fingers to stumble when playing. "Hook Fingers" as he calles them. I get my fingers under the strings when I play, and that sucks. How do I stop this. The pickup where I anchor my thumb is still too low to play with a straighter hand even when I raise it. Also, itll feel weird breaking the habit. what do i do.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    You can check and adjust your plucking motion.
    You shouldn't pluck by bending your finger, which looks a little like pulling a trigger on a gun.
    Instead you move the finger as a whole, with the finger tip quite loose. You 'drag' the finger tip across the string, without keeping it rigid.
    The joint where the finger mets the palm is the joint to be used, not the big joint in the middle of the finger.
    Just touch the strings with the very tip of the finger.

    Hope I can get it across, it would be much easier in German :)
  3. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    no, i understand you fine. i think that will help, though it'll take some time to get used to. thanks again :)
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    "You shoudn't.." well yes I agree - unless you want to! This technique of getting under the strings and pulling is of course a vital part of slap/pop and I also use it as an "effect" in solos or where I want the bassline to "stand out". Of couse JMX is right and for accuracy and speed, the technique described is best for most fingerstyle applications.

    But bending and getting underneath the strings, gives you that Stanley Clarke "pulled string" sound on either chords or single notes for a solo sound that is harsher and brighter without adjusting any of your settings. But it is difficult to build up speed using this!

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