Posted by Rich Laird on December 30, 2001 at 13:11:01:
In Reply to: Various and sundry posted by Francis X. on December 30, 2001 at 08:28:31:
: Dear Friends:Greetings for the New Year. I have a couple of questions that I hope you professionals can help me with:
: 1}I am re-learning how to play DB after not touchimg one for 20+ years. Yes,I did get a teacher when I got the bass last March,but he is only available on a once a montn basis. Now that I can play well enough to jam with other dillatntes,I find that on certain Pop tunes(My Girl;Stand By Me),I automatically revert to bass guitar fingering,using the 3rd finger a great deal.Definitely not what Simandl had in mind. When I practice from the Simandl or other DB texts,I resume proper fingering. Any harm in using those old bass guitar fingerings?
: 2)My fingers on both hands now click when I flex them towards my palms;I believe that I may have tendonitis. Not very painful,but disconcerting. Anyone experience this?
: 3}I cut some 1/8" shims from particleboard and put them under the feet of my bass'bridge. The sound was greatly improved,and all buzzing ceased. The G string was nasal and noticeably louder then the other strings,so I strip the insulation from some speaker wire and placed it between the string and the bridge,resulted in a very balanced sound form all stings. Any thoughts on how my luthier can improve on these home remedies?
: Thanks,Francis X.
Happy New Year! With the caveat that the following is just one person's opinions, here goes:
As far as using "bass guitar fingering"...The cardinal rule is: "If it works, use it!". For me, stuff like that sems to work pretty well once you get somewhere around where Bb is on the E-string. It depends a lot on the individual bass and the individual player. Just make sure you're in tune. Sometimes it's easy to fool yourself.
Sorry, don't know much about tendonitis...except that I really think a lot of the muscle pains you can get from playing can be avoided by warming up well...and then just making sure your hands stay relaxed while you're playing. If you get tight, it's generaly because you're not warmed up or you're overextending your skill level.
From the way you describe your bridge situation, I strongly recommend an adjustable bridge. Myself, I refuse to be without one. You can precisely set your bridge height for any playing situation. Most any luthier can cut and install one for you - just make you find somebody good.
Best of Luck
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