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Smoothness

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Bassman_Spike, Aug 5, 2003.


  1. Hello

    I am currently learning Chromatic Fanstasy and i recorded myself playing just to check how im going and i noticed that in the first two bars my playing wasnt very smooth.
    So my question is how can i become more of a smooth player?
    What type of things should i practise?


    thanks
     
  2. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Slooooooow down. Play it slow, and even slower if you have to. Just get it down, and work up your speed...
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002

    Exactly, you just have to get it in your muscle memory, and then you(theoretically) can play it as fast as your muscles can move.
     
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    ding!
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Stop being "Spike-y"....? ;)

    Or maybe apply to join Kenny G's band?





    :meh:
     
  6. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Oh and just a little note, Chromatic Fantasy... Dayamn, lol... I actually started learning that tonight/today (it's 3:36am), and I don't think i'll be able to play a whole lot of it. I kinda got some of the first and second bars down. I'll just try to memorize it all. :):)...
     
  7. Yeah i have memorized just over half and working on speed now its pretty hard :)
     
  8. i dont get that...haha im a bit slow tonight :confused:
     
  9. slow doesn't begin to describe it

    spikey is the opposite of smooth, and your name is spikey....
     
  10. hahah i kinda guessed that :meh:

    But thanks for the kind words
     
  11. PhilMan99

    PhilMan99

    Jul 18, 2003
    US, Maryland
    Be sure not to lift fingers from the fretboard unnecessarily. There is often a tendancy to only keep one finger on the fretboard at a time - this slows you down.

    Instead, keep fingers on lower-frets. For example, if fingering a note with the pinky, the other 3 fingers should be on the string/fretboard too. This both improves speed, and allows the fingers/hand to work as a "team", providing strength to the weaker fingers.

    The above can take some getting used-to, but you'll be amazed how smooth your playing is if you've not been doing this.
     
  12. genesis6891

    genesis6891

    May 29, 2003
    Yup I recently did the same, and Phil's spot on.
     
  13. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Just to add a little something to PhilMan99's post... Pay attention to your left hand position.. If you tend to use the "baseball bat" grip ( Where your thumb curls over the top of the neck), try to break yourself from this habit. Keep your left hand thumb anchored on the back of the neck centered on the middle finger..

    Let your four fingers "fan-out" over the freboard.... Put them in a position where notes fall.. Doing this reduces "travel time" for them letting your notes become faster and more fluid...

    Also be aware of your body.. Are you tense? Make sure you're relaxed when you play.. Taught muscles in your arms and hands will reflect in your playing.. Do stretches, breathe.. become one with the instrument.. Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..

    Oh, ummmmm.. Sorry..
     
  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Am I the only one that finds that hilarious.:p
     
  15. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    "Logtilla"????

    [​IMG]

    Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot

    Over...
     
  16. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Why not!! ?? ;)
     
  17. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'm just missing the joke I guess... :meh:
     
  18. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    A person who tills logs - a Bhuddist lumberjack... ermmm? :D
     
  19. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    yes, person who tills logs fot the name morph

    but look at what Prog wrote

    I mean, it's really silly but it's like. Ommmmmmm that's Oh+ ummmmm= Ommmmmmmmmm

    Or "ommmmmm-er- sorry I mean ummmmmmmmmm"
     
  20. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ok... New title under user ID!!!


    ...with spelling corrected..

    :D