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The Gripmaster

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Rafterman, Dec 23, 2001.

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  1. does anyone have this product?

    the guy at GC told my friend that it is good for when you are busy and can't get to your bass to keep your fingers in shape.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Why do you have to have such strong fingers to press down a string? Waste of time.
  3. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    I bought one years ago. I agree with Angus, waste of time.( and cash).

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  4. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    It's a great product for around 10 dollars. It strengthened my pinky finger very quickly. I had a weak pinky and he couldn't keep up wiht the rest. Also use it on your right hand to strengthen your fingers for taping. And it can be fun to have with you at boring times, like work or school.
  5. it's not for strength to push down on a string, it is to develop strength for weak fingers, such as a pinky that can't keep up or something.
  6. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    The problem with those is that you probably exercise the wrong muscles. And if you don't stretch regularly while using that (crap/sh-t/waste of time), you'll lose dexterity. Dexterity is what you'll ultimately seek anyway while practicing technique, so why use a tool that possibly will REDUCE it? Drop that garbage and instead practice playing, eventually gently stretch your fingers. There are no shortcuts!
  7. I had one of these, but realized it did nothing, unless you walked around all day using it. What I do instead is while I am sitting at my desk in school, I squeeze the wood with one finger at a time, slowly transferring pressure from one finger to the next while doing it with both hand. My strengh/timing/endurance has increased alot.
  8. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I agree with everyone else, waste of time and money.

    If you want good finger strengh pick up your bass and practice chromatics and other scales.
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    That's what practicing on your bass is for. And that's not strength, like Oysterman said, it's dexterity. Your pinky can't keep up because it's not got the muscle movement ability, not because it's not strong enough. When it gets to the string, it has no problem pressing it down, right? Therefore, it's just dexterity problems, and there's only one cure for that...

    Practice! ;)
  10. Gripmasters are a good way to develop tendonitis. If strengthening and endurance are an issue better to work with some grip putty, available at most sporting goods stores/departments.
  11. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    dude.. this thread comes up every few weeks and frankly i'm tired of hearing the "just go play your bass" answer.

    I, like many other people out there, have a life. I have to squeeze bass playing in between classes, work, and trying to find another band. When i do find time to play my bass, playing 13 note chromatics all the time isn't my idea of fun. And to me, the bass is supposed to be fun. I know that dexterity exercises have their place, but what Rafterman (or at least me) wants to know is if there is a product that can improve your bass playing while he's bored to death sitting in some lecture hall, or doing nothing at work... so far it looks like hand putty is the best way to go.. anyone else?
  12. lump


    Jan 17, 2000
    St. Neots, UK
    You might want to try the Jeff Berlin Signature Kung-fu Gripmaster. It comes with a companion volume on visualization techniques you can use to improve your technique while away from your bass. BP Mag gave it rave reviews.

    Sorry. Too much Beam in the eggnog. :D
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    There's always porn.

    Dude... everyone wants a shortcut:rolleyes:

    Hey, beats having to actually practice to get results. Anyway, check this out: Willis tools

    Go to December 1999 in the archives. This device changed my life.
  14. I use it at the office times

    Well, does it work? I don't have a proper answer for it as I didn't used it for my fretting fingers(I think this is what's asked) but my picking fingers.

    I mostly used it to strengthen my ring and pinky finger of my right(picking) hand as I began to play with four picking fingers (+the thumb for tapping[rarely] and slapping) and I think yes it worked to gain the strength but at the same time I was practising on the bass so I can't say that it was only the gripmaster.

    For my lefthand(fretting) fingers I haven't used it much, so I can't make a proper comment :(

    Can you hurt yourself by using it? IMHO as long as you don't exagerate using it, it won't. I didn't have any problem.
  15. Is that the one where he plays a fretless 6-string bass along with a metronome? It comes with everything tabbed out too, I think.

    - Dave
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yeah, and it's got a great solo section that is all slapped and popped 32nd notes.
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Hey... it could happen;)
  18. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    I love it!
  19. Hey peoples, excuse ignorance here, I'm only new, but what the hell is a Gripmaster?:confused:
  20. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Unzip pants, drop drawers, look down.... aaah, found it!

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