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Posted by Rob (18.104.22.168) on February 18, 2002 at 10:33:42:
In Reply to: Wrist Query posted by Wylum on February 14, 2002 at 19:21:20:
: I just read a lesson on Technique stating that one's fingers should cross the neck at a 90 degree angle in order to create proper tone. I generally hold this to be true as well... however, my bass's neck is 1 inch longer than standard and it seems very difficult to place my hand that way without angling my wrist as well (which the lesson also warns against). Any suggestions/comments?
: Wylum, who's afraid of carpal tunnel syndrome.
You're right - Your fingers should be at a 90% angle (parallel to the frets). For a 35" scale, you may have to hang your bass a little higher than usual. Your left elbow should not be wedged into your body. You can do this without angling your hand, but you need to stretch your left hand.
Try this excercise - Start with your index finger on the third fret and play 1234 - keep your index finger on the fret at all times; do this four times and move to the next string. When you get to the the G string, play 1243 four times, and come back down to your lowest string. Do this with a metronome, keeping your left hand in good form. After a while, your left hand will be alot more relaxed when you play.
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