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simandl techinque on electric?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by E=Fb, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. E=Fb

    E=Fb Guest

    Jan 28, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    This may be the wrong place to put this, so feel free to move it. :)

    Since I only take upright bass lessons, when I started using electric basses, I just put the classical Simandl technique for the upright bass onto the electric bass fingerboard?

    Does anyone who has a clue what I'm talking about have any advice on whether this is the right thing to do or whether I should start using the 4 finger left hand technique...

  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I have two Simandl books(back when I had delusions of trying to learn URB)...that said-
    Two different instruments (maybe) = two different techiques/approaches.
    Personally, I say go for the finger-per-fret approach on EB.

    I have seen URB players play the EB with an URB(Simandl) mentality; they were playing mostly Standards...their approach worked fine.
  3. Both work, but I would recommend going for the 1 finger per fret approach on the BG, unless you feel its too much of a stretch. I find the extra strength provided by 1-2-4 fingering simply isn't needed on the BG the way it is on the URB. Try both though, see what you feel comfortable with. :)
  4. Bassist4Life


    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY

    Using the Simandl fingering system is actually very common on E-bass. Carol Kaye stands behind this system all-the-way. I wouldn't say that it's "right" or "wrong". It depends on what you're playing and how you're playing it. When I'm groovin' on roots, 5th's, and b7's; then I use a "Simandl" fingering. If I'm playing busy lines, I go to finger-per-fret. I wouldn't get too hung-up on a "right" fingering system; however, I understand that doing things the "right" way gives us validation and a sense of security.

    My primary instrument in college was double bass. Now, I spend most of my time on electric. Maybe that is why I am comfortable switching fingering systems. I guess that is the "right" way for me. ;)

  5. JJd2sc


    Jul 31, 2003
    Marietta, Georgia
    I also switch between the styles. I feel if you're doing a groove up on the 5th-7th frets, it just doesnt make sense to just use 3 fingers. For such a common zone, it makes it both easier and more comfortable to use your 3rd and 4th fingers to push down 7th. I do this from about 7th fret back, unless the line requires me to switch to finger per fret, which I do quite frequently. It all depends on the situation. To me, there is no "wrong" way to do it.

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