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Posted by Dave Rawlings (126.96.36.199) on April 03, 2002 at 08:50:03:
In Reply to: Poor left hand technique posted by A on April 03, 2002 at 02:22:31:
: I'm worried about my left hand technique.
: If I play a note and then alternate between that note and the same note an octave higher, for instance G (3rd fret E-string) then G (5th fret D-string) then after a short while my hand really aches. It's when I have to stretch my hand to play these notes that my hand (mainly my palm) starts to hurt. If I play tenth fret on the E and twelth on the D then it's not so bad. But below the fifth fret it's gets worse.
: I think that the problem must be that I don't have enough strength in my left hand, and so I need to build up stamina, or that I just have poor technique. Plus, I don't use my little finger (it's a weak little under-developed thing) so I use my first and third fingers.
: Do I need to learn to use my little finger?
: Do I have a poor technique maybe?
: Do I need to build up stamina in my left hand?
Totally agree with Paige when it comes to using the pinky instead of the third finger. I have small hands for a bass player but never have any problem getting over an octave stretch because I have always used my pinky. Like Adam, with proper use and exercise, I never have pain either. Go slow and work your way up to using it full time and you'll be amazed how your playing improves.
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